Eriksen double sparks Spurs revival

Christian Eriksen scored twice before substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stoppage-time goal saw Tottenham Hotspur come from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

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Published: Mon 24 Mar 2014, 11:01 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 10:41 PM

This dramatic victory saw Tim Sherwood’s side keep their hopes of Champions League football alive as they moved up into fifth place, albeit still six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and having played a game more than their north London rivals.

It looked as if it would be ninth-placed Southampton who would be climbing up the table when the visitors went 2-0 up through goals from England duo Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana.

But before half-time Spurs pulled one back through Eriksen and just 44 seconds into the second half the Dane brought the teams level with his second goal.

It seemed the match was heading for a draw when, deep into stoppage time, Sigurdsson struck to complete Spurs’ comeback.

Rodriguez pressed his case for inclusion in the England manager’s World Cup squad by giving the Saints a 19th minute lead. Spurs right-back Kyle Naughton misjudged Artur Boruc’s long goal-kick downfield, ducking under the ball to allow Rodriguez a clear run on goal. The Saints star still had work to do but made no mistake with a precise finish into the far corner, beyond the reach of Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

And fewer than 10 minutes later, Southampton were 2-0 up after another Naughton error saw him fail to control the ball as Spurs looked to clear a corner.

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