Boufal breaks 24-month Southampton duck against Mourinho’s Tottenham

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The Morocco international has ended his wait for a Saints goal in their game against Jose Mourinho’s team on Saturday

Sofiane Boufal ended his 24-month wait to get a goal for Southampton in Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

With Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men looking destined for defeat in the fourth round fixture following Heung-min Son’s 58th minute opener, the Morrocan saved his team’s blushes with the equaliser.

An unmarked Danny Ings set up Boufal to fire into the roof of the net in 87th minute to force a replay.

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In the process, the 26-year-old broke his 760-day duck for the St Mary's Stadium team.

The midfielder joined Southampton in 2016 on a five-year contract for a club-record undisclosed fee but was loaned to Celta Vigo for the 2018–19 campaign.

And on return for his second spell, he has struggled in vain to hit the net. However, his moment of liberation came against Jose Mourinho’s men.

Southampton face Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield on February 1, while Spurs host Manchester City the day after.

The Saints sit in ninth place in England’s elite division log having accrued 31 points from 24 league outings.