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Southampton’s comeback stuns Spurs, Chelsea are held by Everton

LONDON – Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has berated his players after they lost a two-goal lead to a 3-3 draw in Southampton on Saturday when Chelsea also conceded a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw with Everton.

Spurs looked to overtake Manchester United into third place in the Premier League as they led bottom Saints 3-1 with just 13 minutes to go at St Mary’s.

But Theo Walcott’s first goal in almost two years and James Ward-Prowse’s injury-time penalty salvaged a crucial point for Southampton.

“The problem is that we showed once again that we are not a team,” said Conte.

“We are 11 players going on the pitch. I see selfish players, I see players who don’t want to help each other and don’t put their hearts into it.”

Pedro Porro’s stunning finish had opened the scoring and his account for Tottenham in first-half injury time.

Southampton responded within a minute of the restart when Che Adams turned in Walcott’s cross.

Harry Kane’s future continues to be speculated but the England captain’s form has not been dented as he was highest on his 21st Premier League goal of the season from a Dejan Kulusevski cross.

A goal from Ivan Perisic from the edge of the box then gave Spurs a two-goal cushion.

But even that wasn’t enough for Conte’s men.

Walcott kicked home to set up a stands finish and Pape Sarr was then fined for bringing down Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Tottenham keeper Fraser Forster couldn’t deny his former team-mate Ward-Prowse to leave Spurs just two points ahead of fifth-placed Newcastle after playing two more games.

“I’m very proud,” said Southampton captain Ward-Prowse as his side closed to within two safety points.

“I don’t think we deserved to be down 3-1 but we showed character and the crowd helped us. When we scored the second goal, we had all the energy.”

Chelsea’s faint hopes of finishing in the top four faded with Ellis Simm’s first ever goal for Everton, earning a point in the 90th minute at Stamford Bridge.

Joao Felix broke into the far corner with an arrow six minutes into the second half before Abdoulaye Doucoure headed in from a corner.

The Toffees quickly undid their good work when a combination of Ben Godfrey and James Tarkowski brought down Reece James in the box and Kai Havertz coolly sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way from the penalty spot.

But Chelsea failed to claim a fourth straight win in all competitions as Simms passed Kalidou Koulibaly and slotted the ball in under Kepa Arrizabalaga.

– Leeds win six-goal thriller –

Leeds exited the relegation zone after beating fellow contenders Wolves 4-2 at Molineux.

The visitors had won just once in their last 13 league games but took a 3-0 lead.

Jack Harrison fired Javi Gracia’s men up front before rare goals for right-backs Luke Ayling and Rasmus Kristensen seemed to put Leeds out of sight.

Two goals in eight minutes gave Wolves hope as Jonny and Matheus Cunha closed the gap.

However, Jonny was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Ayling and Rodrigo took the three points that lift Leeds to 14th place.

Aston Villa’s good form under Unai Emery continued as Bournemouth were beaten 3-0 at Villa Park.

Douglas Luiz converted a low cross from Leon Bailey to give the home side the perfect start.

Jacob Ramsey then sealed the Cherries’ fate with 10 minutes remaining before Emiliano Buendia scored the third.

The victory brings Villa four points closer to the European places.

Brentford missed a chance to pass Liverpool into sixth as they were held 1-1 at home by Leicester.

Harvey Barnes snuffed out Mathias Jensen’s opener as Leicester moved a point clear of the last three.

Source: Crypto News Deutsch

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