Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction

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Follow live coverage as Tottenham Hotspur face Southampton in the Premier League today.

Antonio Conte decided against starting any of Tottenham's new signings for the visit of Southampton.

Six transfers were made during the summer but Fraser Forster, Clement Lenglet, Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence and Yves Bissouma had to settle for a place on the bench with Richarlison out due to suspension.

Visiting manager Ralph Hasenhuttl gave out a number of debuts with Gavin Bazunu in goal while fellow former Manchester City player Romeo Lavia also started.

Joe Aribo, signed from Rangers last month, got the nod from the off with Armel Bella-Kotchap named among the substitutes.

We will bring you all the action and updates from today's game in the live blog below:

Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 - 1 Southampton FC

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That's all from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!

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Spurs cannot rest on their laurels following this impressive start to the season, as their next fixture will be a London derby with Chelsea on August 14. Meanwhile, Southampton continue a testing first month of the campaign - during which they later face Manchester United and Chelsea - by hosting Leeds next time out.

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If Spurs were dominant in the first half, they were more clinical in the second, as they strolled to three merited points on the opening day of their 2022-23 campaign. With a little help from Salisu's blunder, the home side effectively killed off the game by going 3-1 in front on the hour mark, and proved that they needed neither Son or Kane to score in order to put four past a Premier League rival. By contrast, Ward-Prowse's opening goal aside, Southampton have nothing much to show for their endeavour, and another long, hard season could lie ahead if they cannot muster more attacking threat.

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FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 4-1 SOUTHAMPTON

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CLOSE! Bissouma drives a powerful shot wide of the left-hand post from more than 20 yards out, and that should be more or less the final act of the game.

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Walker-Peters is the latest man to be replaced, as Redmond gets a few seconds of action.

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Any remaining momentum in this game has been sucked from it by the recent raft of substitutions, and we are drowsily drifting towards the final whistle here.

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In the third change of a quadruple substitution by Conte, Bentancur makes way for debutant Bissouma.

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Davies is brought off, and Lenglet comes on for his first Premier League appearance.

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The first meaningful action of his Spurs career sees Bissouma receive a yellow card for lunging into a 50-50 challenge with Aribo in midfield.

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Emerson's excellent shift is over; Doherty replaces the Brazilian at wing-back.

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A superb showing from Kulusevski ends early, as Lucas makes a brief cameo from the bench.

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Bazunu makes a routine save after Son shoots straight at the centre of goal from Kane's pass.

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A rare spell of Sothampton possession leads to very little, and the life is starting to ebb out of the game as it drifts towards its conclusion. Match fitness will also be an issue at this early stage of the season.

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Salisu takes a long throw into the Spurs area, which causes a brief moment of consternation in the hosts' defence, but the ball is safely cleared.

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Though the tempo has understandably dropped heading towards the final 10 minutes, Tottenham maintain control of the game, and the visitors are still camped inside their defensive third.

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For a foul on Lavia, Bentancur becomes the second Spurs player to go into the referee's notebook.

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Despite a quiet game so far, Lloris remains alert enough to deny Aribo a goal, saving the midfielder's shot in the bottom-right corner.

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Emerson continues to enjoy himself in the final third, but his shot from the centre of the box sails off target on this occasion.

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Substitution Oriol Romeu Vidal Ibrahima Diallo

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Southampton make another substitution, as Djenepo is replaced by Perraud on the left flank.

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Having previously lost all three as Southampton manager, Hasenhuttl already has the joint-worst losing record in opening games of Premier League seasons, along with Danny Wilson. It looks like he is now set to extend his 100 per cent record in that regard.

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Following a productive start to the season, Sessegnon takes his leave; Perisic comes on to make his Premier League debut.

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Spurs claim for a penalty, as Son's close-range attempt strikes the dangling hand of Stephens, who was totally unaware of the ball's position. Unsurprisingly, the referee denies their request, and they have to make do with a corner.

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After a lunging challenge on Romeu midway through his own half, Romero is fortunate to avoid a yellow card. Southampton have a free-kick 30 yards from goal.

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The latest contribution of a lively game for Emerson sees him play the ball into Kulusevski to score - only minutes after he created Tottenham's third.

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GAME OVER! If it wasn't already a sealed deal, Spurs strike again! Following hot on the heels of their third goal, Kulusevski excels himself again, cutting inside and sweeping home a left-footed shot from the right side of the box. That's straight in the bottom corner, Bazunu had no chance! 4-1 to Spurs!

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SPURS STRETCH THEIR LEAD! After Emerson pops up on the left side of the area, and chops back a low ball into the six-yard box, Salisu gets himself in a terrible position and can only bundle the ball over the goal-line in the most awkward of attempted clearances. That's an awful way to concede again, and Southampton trail 3-1!

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A rare foray forward by the visitors sees Ward-Prowse take a shot from the left, but it sails well wide. How will Southampton get themselves back on level terms?They seem short of any ideas at the moment.

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After slowly rising to his feet, Walker-Peters re-joins the game, which is back under way.

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The game is brought to a temporary halt, as Walker-Peters has been hurt in a mid-air collision with his goalkeeper, Bazunu. The medical staff are assessing the full-back, who lies prone in the penalty area.

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CLOSE! Following successive Spurs corners, Kulusevski whips a low, curling shot wide of the post, and Southampton survive - but for how long?

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Now Emerson's colleague on the left flank gets involved again, as Sessegnon sees an attempt from the other side blocked out by Walker-Peters. Spurs have a corner.

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At full stretch, Emerson heads over the crossbar from close range. Again, the Brazilian wing-back makes his way into the area, and that is helping Spurs dominate inside the Southampton area.

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After a quiet first half, Adam Armstrong comes off to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong up front.

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Hasenhuttl makes a switch in defence, as Valery is replaced by Stephens.

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NO GOAL! The VAR makes a quick decision: Spurs' third 'goal' is disallowed, it stays 2-1 to the home side.

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SPURS STRIKE AGAIN! Straight from kick-off, Spurs storm forward in numbers, and Sessegnon fires home what seems to be their third goal. Apparently there is an offside, though, and the VAR will take a look.

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We are back under way in London, and Southampton have made some half-time changes.

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By the half-time whistle, Spurs had had nine shots at goal, and as they grew into the game the width provided by Kulusevski, Sessegnon and Emerson started to pay dividends. To finish off their ailing opponents, Son or Kane may now be required to break their duck for the 2022-23 campaign.

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Showing great spirit to shrug off their early setback, Spurs are deservedly ahead at the break, and could feasibly have held a more sizeable advantage heading down the tunnel at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The home side have dictated proceedings since Sessegnon's equaliser, and look a threat from all sides of the pitch; Southampton have retreated entirely into their shells since taking an unexpected lead. Can they shift gears after the interval? Given their form in recent months, the odds are certainly against it.

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HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON

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SHARP STOP! Kane is denied his first goal of the season by Bazunu's block, as the Irish goalkeeper reacts quickly to keep the ball out of the net. Then, Romero nods wide following the corner, and it loks like Southampton will survive!

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The officials have indicated two minutes of stoppage time, and still Spurs press on for a third - they are relentless at the end of this first half.

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MISS! Both Bazunu and Valery gift possession to Spurs in quick succession, and on the second occasion, Son embarks on a long dribble through the split Saints defence. When he finally lines up a shot from 10 yards, though, his effort is skewed well over the crossbar.

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An effort by Kulusevski from the right side of the box is blocked by the back-tracking Djenepo, who then sprints clear and earns a free-kick to release the pressure on his defenders.

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Djenepo fouls Emerson inside the Spurs half, and the home side have a free-kick. Southampton simply can't get any attacking momentum going, and their opening goal seems a long time ago now.

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SAVE! Again, Bazunu is called into action, as the recent signing keeps Southampton's deficit down to one with a save from Davies' powerful shot towards the bottom corner. That will be another corner for Spurs.

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Emerson sees a left-footed effort from outside the box blocked, following a pass from Kulusevski, and Spurs seem determined to stretch their lead before half-time.

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Now leading in their first game of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign, Tottenham have won their opening match in six of the last nine seasons.

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Assist Heung-Min Son

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SAVE! Diving down low to palm the ball away, Bazunu denies Son's powerful near-post shot from 10 yards out. It was a fairly tight angle, but the Spurs striker would have expected to do better from that position.

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Goal Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier

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Ward-Prowse prompts his team-mates to retain the ball in midfield, as the visitors enjoy a rare spell of prolonged possession, but soon after, Spurs are back in control.

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Although both teams have managed only one shot on target - either side scoring with that attempt - it is Spurs who have dominated the ball so far: their 64 per cent share of possession tells the tale of the first half so far.

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After some minor medical attention, Walker-Peters, who had been felled by Sessegnon's challenge, is back on his feet and resumes his role at full-back.

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Yellow Card Kouassi Ryan Sessegnon

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Goal Kouassi Ryan Sessegnon

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Former Spurs player Walker-Peters is called upon to clear the ball away at the near post, as the home side continue to probe around the Southampton area: Tottenham are on top.

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Under pressure on the brink of the box, Armstrong pulls a scuffed shot wide of the left-hand post, at the end of a quick Southampton counter-attack.

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Southampton survive the corner, and manage to clear their lines; pushing a few precious yards further upfield as the Spurs pressure builds.

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Inside his own six-yard box, Salisu has to intervene with a flick-header to send the ball behind for a Spurs corner, as the hosts seek a quick equaliser.

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Twice, Djenepo looked like he had overrun the ball inside the area, but his persistence paid off, and his cross to the edge of the box was coolly converted by Ward-Prowse.

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SAINTS LEAD! Ward-Prowse selects the right club from his bag, as the Southampton captain follows the opening goal with his trademark swinging celebration! Djenepo wriggles his way to the byline on the left side of the Spurs goal, and his cutback drops into the path of Ward-Prowse, who then steered home a strike from the edge of the area. It's Spurs 0-1 Southampton!

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Bazunu gathers the ball under little pressure, following a long diagonal ball in from the right, and Southampton are settling into the game quite nicely now.

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Before today's game, Southampton have picked up just three wins from their last 20 Premier League fixtures at Tottenham, losing more away matches (17) than against any other side in the competition’s history.

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A thrusting run up the right by Emerson is ended by Djenepo's crude challenge, and Spurs have a free-kick midway through the Southampton half. However, it comes to nothing, and the ball is back in midfield.

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Spurs take the game's first corner, and Son lofts an outswinger towards the near post, but Southampton are able to get the ball away. It then comes back in from the left flank, and Bazunu fields it comfortably on the edge of his six-yard box.

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The visitors have an early free-kick out on the right flank, which Ward-Prowse wickedly whips into the box, but Salisu cannot quite get his head cleanly on the ball and it bobbles behind for a goal-kick.

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Southampton kick off, and we are under way at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!

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The players are now out on the pitch in sunny North London, with kick-off just moments away!

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Southampton, meanwhile, give debuts to Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Bazunu and his former Manchester City team-mate Lavia, and Aribo starts too, after his recent move from Rangers. Adam Armstrong is set to be Saints' lone striker, with Scotland internationals Stuart Armstrong and Adams consigned to the bench.

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Despite a summer of investment in the Spurs squad, Antonio Conte's starting XI includes no new recruits; Lenglet, Perisic, Bissouma, Forster and Spence are all included on the bench. Marquee signing Richarlison misses out due to suspension, while the hosts' sole injury absentee is midfielder Oliver Skipp. As so often last season, Kane, Son and Kulusevski join forces up front.

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