Heung-Min Son netted an astonishing four-goal haul – all made by Harry Kane – as a second-half blitz saw Spurs demolish Southampton 5-2 at St Mary’s.
In a game which barely stopped for breath from beginning to end Kane was denied a third-minute opener by VAR before Danny Ings saw a strike ruled out for handball, but soon made amends by firing in a superb strike from Walker-Peters’ ball (32).
Spurs looked nearly as despondent as in their opening-day defeat Jose Mourinho had labelled “lazy” before half-time but were handed a lifeline when Son finished off from another difficult position from Kane’s wonderful delivery (45+2).
The phrase ‘a game of two halves’ barely did justice to what would follow after the interval, with Son putting Spurs in front within two minutes from a Kane through-ball (47) – before netting twice more in near-identical circumstances (64, 74).
There was still time for Kane to get on the scoresheet himself when he turned in the rebound after Erik Lamela struck the post (82), before Ings grabbed a late consolation from the spot after Matt Doherty was harshly adjudged to have handballed a cross (90).
Next, Southampton head north to Turf Moor next Saturday to face Burnley in Premier League.
Tottenham travel to Leyton Orient on Tuesday. Their next Premier League game, at home to Newcastle next Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.