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Spurs recover to thrash Southampton


Tottenham began their new Premier League season with a comfortable 4-1 home win over Southampton, despite the visitors taking a surprise lead.

Saints went ahead in the 12th minute through James Ward-Prowse's superb downward volley but Spurs equalised just nine minutes later as Ryan Sessegnon scored his first Premier League for Spurs with a back-post header.

Antonio Conte's side then took the lead in the 31st minute as Eric Dier's clever glancing header - his first goal in three years - saw Spurs take a half-time lead.

A comical own goal from Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu in the 61st minute gave Tottenham their third of the afternoon.

Dejan Kulusevski then added a fourth with a neat curling finish to move Tottenham top of the table on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Southampton are bottom having won just one of their last 13 league games since March.

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