Southampton draws 2-2 with Fulham in EPL thriller


SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -Jose Fonte scored twice, including a 90th-minute equalizer, to earn Southampton a 2-2 draw with Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, lifting his promoted team out of the bottom three.

The Portuguese center back, who put the Saints ahead in the fourth minute by shouldering in a left-wing corner, saved them from a sixth loss in seven matches by glancing in Danny Fox's free kick.

Fulham staged a second-half fightback, with Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld diverting a driven cross by John Arne Riise into his own net in the 70th. Hooiveld also deflected Kieran Richardson's goalbound shot past goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to put Fulham 2-1 ahead in the 88th.

Southampton climbed above Reading to fourth from bottom in its first season back in the top division.

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