James Ward-Prowse stoppage time penalty earns Southampton comeback draw against Tottenham

A controversial stoppage-time penalty converted by James Ward-Prowse earned bottom club Southampton a 3-3 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League after the visitors had led by two goals on Saturday.

Goals by Harry Kane and Ivan Perisic looked to have sealed the points for fourth-placed Tottenham in the second half but Southampton produced an amazing recovery from 3-1 down.

Theo Walcott gave them a lifeline with a close-range finish in the 77th minute shortly after Perisic’s volley appeared to have sealed a vital three points for Tottenham in their bid to finish the season in the top four.

Then in the 90th minute Tottenham substitute Pape Sarr was adjudged to have fouled Ainsley Maitland-Niles as he attempted to clear the a bouncing ball.

After a long VAR check, Ward-Prowse delivered his spot kick high into the top corner beyond former Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Tottenham remain in fourth place with 49 points from 28 games but Newcastle United, in fifth, are only two points adrift with two games in hand.

Southampton remain bottom with 23 points.

Leeds out of relegation zone with 4-2 win over Wolves

Leeds United earned a vital three points in their fight for Premier League survival with an entertaining 4-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, to ensure they head into the international break above the relegation zone.

Jack Harrison smashed home the opener for Leeds from near the penalty spot in the sixth minute after being picked out by Italian teenager Wilfried Gnonto’s pinpoint cross.

Luke Ayling doubled the lead from a corner early in the second half and Leeds substitute Rasmus Kristensen added a third just after the hour mark from a tight angle after outmuscling Wolves defender Jonny.

Jonny pulled a goal back for Wolves three minutes later, curling home into an empty net from just inside the Leeds half after their goalkeeper Illan Meslier left his penalty area to head the ball clear and found himself stranded.

Matheus Cunha cut the deficit further with a deflected shot in the 73rd minute and Wolves pushed hard for an equaliser before Jonny was shown a red card for a studs-up challenge on Ayling that left the Leeds fullback writhing in agony.

The sending off in the 84th minute took the wind out of Wolves’ sails and substitute Rodrigo chipped Sa to score Leeds’ fourth in the seventh minute of injury time, despite referee Michael Salisbury being asked by VAR to check for a foul in the build-up.

Leeds, who started the day second-bottom in the table, climbed five places to 14th after registering just their sixth league win of the season and second since manager Javi Gracia took over at the end of February. Wolves stayed in 13th place.

Villa ease past Bournemouth with 3-0 win

Aston Villa beat Bournemouth 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to move provisionally into the top half of the table thanks to goals from Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey and Emiliano Buendia.

The result allowed Villa to leapfrog Chelsea into 10th place with 38 points ahead of the London side’s match against Everton. Bournemouth remain in the relegation zone in 19th with 24 points.

Villa made the ideal start seven minutes into the contest when Leon Bailey pounced on a loose ball in the box, beat his marker out wide and cut the ball back for an unmarked Luiz to tap home from close range.

At the other end, Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez came to Villa’s rescue when he palmed away Philip Billing’s free kick that looked destined for the top corner, with the World Cup winner flying to his left to deny the Danish midfielder.

There was applause from both sides when David Brooks came on for the first time since October 2021 after recovering from cancer, but it was the Villa fans who remained on their feet a minute later as Ramsey scored.

Villa sealed the three points on a corner kick when Tyrone Mings nodded the ball into the six-yard box where Buendia headed home from close range.

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