Son Heung-min had Harry Kane to thank for each of his four goals, as the Tottenham duo combined to deadly effect to help Spurs smash Southampton 5-2 at St Mary’s.
Spurs, while having two goals disallowed, lacked impetus in the first half and went a goal down after Danny Ings’ first of the season.
However Son, who struck just before half-time, produced a dazzling second-half display alongside Kane to finish with four goals for himself, with the England captain ending up with four assists.
Kane thought he had scored after only three minutes but the offside flag denied him his first of the campaign. The 27-year-old was again denied later in the half, the linesman flagging again.
Ings also had the ball in the net either side of Kane’s efforts after beating Hugo Lloris and slotting into an open net. However, a handball decision to rule his goal out.
Ings – who notched 25 goals in 42 games last season – soon got off the mark for the new campaign, though. The England international controlled a fantastic pass from Kyle Walker-Peters, before turning and firing past Lloris from an acute angle.
There appeared to be frustration from the Spurs players, with Kane’s lunging tackle on Walker-Peters a prime example.
And, heading into half time a goal down, Son offered his side a lifeline, finishing off a fantastic move involving Tanguy Ndombele and Kane.
Son, Kane combine to dispatch Southampton
Having looked lethargic and tepid in the first half, Spurs were fast out of the blocks in the second period.
Indeed, Son was crucial again and, after only two minutes, the South Korean fired his side into the lead. After another brilliant move, Kane played his fellow forward in and, one-on-one, Son curled the ball past Alex McCarthy.
It was the same story on 64 minutes as Son tucked away his third to complete a magnificent hat-trick.
Kane spotted the winger’s run and played a brilliant ball to cut through the Southampton defence, with Son providing another outstanding finish.
Southampton had chances throughout the second half but they were no match for Spurs’ electric duo.
Kane played a cross-field ball to allow Son to add a fourth to his tally, before Kane himself made it 5-1 after reacting fastest when the ball ricocheted off the post from Erik Lamela’s cross.
There was late reprieve for Southampton when Ings slotted a penalty after VAR ruled Matt Doherty’s handball warranted a spot-kick.
However, it was an important win for Tottenham and their first of the new campaign.