Southampton 3-3 Tottenham: Mohammed Salisu and Kamaldeen Sulemana help hosts for vital point
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur were on the verge of sealing a 3-1 victory over Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday but the hosts fought back to settle for a 3-3 score line.
Pedro Porro, Hary Kane and Ivan Perisic gave Tottenham a 3-1 lead after Che Adams has equalized for the hosts early in the second half. A resilient performance saw former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and James Ward Prowse scored when it was 13′ minutes to full time.
The hosts’ draw cannot be talked about without mentioning the influence of Ghanaian duo Mohammed Salisu and Kamaldeen Sulemana who both joined the game at different stages but made remarkable impacts.
Mohammed Salisu came on in the 8th minute to replace the injured Bella-Kotchap while Kamaldeen Sulemana came on in the 70th minute to replace Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Porro Porro was picked out in acres of space by Son Heung-min and took a touch before hammering an effort home via the crossbar from just outside the six-yard box to give Spurs the lead.
Romeo Lavia released Walcott down the right, with Clement Lenglet and Perisic unable to keep up with the Saints attacker, who crossed for Che Adams to restore parity off the post from close range.
Harry Kane discovered his clinical edge to propel Spurs back into the lead after 65 minutes. Ivan Perisic’s 74th-minute half-volley from the edge of the box bounced off the surface before nestling into the far corner to make it 3-1.
Theo Walcott scored Southampton’s second goal in the 77th minute and James Ward-Prowse made it 3-3 from the penalty spot in added time.
Salisu continues to be linked with top names in the Premier League with Newcastle and Aston Villa said to be monitoring the Ghanaian defender ahead of the summer transfer window.
The 23-year old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United at the beginning of the season but a deal never happened. He has played 22 games for Southampton this season.
Sulemana joined Southampton from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in January until June 2027. Though he is yet to find his rhythm at the St. Mary Stadium, he has started attracting interest from Everton according to reports.