Nov 29, 2021

Heung-Min Son Strike Secures Statement Win For Spurs

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City rarely threatened in response as Kevin de Bruyne was belatedly introduced to draw a fine saw from Hugo Lloris.

FILE PHOTO: Heung-min Son celebrates with Tottenham team-mates after scoring his first goal this season. PICTURE: SkySports

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LONDON: Guardiola has lost four such away games in a row in his managerial career.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham reign got off to the perfect start as his side shocked champions Manchester City with a 1-0 win courtesy of Heung-Min Son’s second-half strike on a pulsating Super Sunday.

With the preamble to this standout fixture in the Premier League’s opening weekend dominated by the future of Harry Kane, it was once more Son who stepped up to the mark, deciding a fiercely competitive contest with his precise finish on 55 minutes.

City rarely threatened in response as Kevin de Bruyne was belatedly introduced to draw a fine saw from Hugo Lloris but Spurs held on to secure three points that represent a major statement of intent after a summer of turmoil off the pitch.

The result continues their recent stronghold over City, who have now lost on all four of their visits to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in all competitions, the first time Pep Guardiola has lost four such away games in a row in his managerial career.

FILE PHOTO: Son Heung-min scores their first goal. PICTURE: David Klein/Reuters

City very nearly made the South Korean pay with 10 minutes of the half remaining as Raheem Sterling’s deflected cross fell kindly for Riyad Mahrez 10 yards out, but his half volley veered wide with Lloris rooted.

Tottenham’s chief threat remained Son, however, and he came within a whisker of making amends for his previous poor choices as at the third attempt of working the ball onto his right boot, the slightest of deflections off Cancelo denied him from finding Ederson’s bottom corner.

A lively first half ended with no shots on target for either side, as news emerged that Kane was in the stands. Dele Alli was enjoying a quietly effective game as the opening exchanges of the restart resembled a basketball match.

Meanwhile, Grealish made his first penetrative dart inside three minutes, drawing a clumsy foul from Oliver Skipp on the edge of the area.

Ilkay Gundogan pulled rank on Mahrez with his curled effort clipping the wall on its way just over. From the resulting corner, Grealish played short to Benjamin Mendy as Fernandinho rose in front of Hugo Lloris to meet his cross only to head inches wide.

Spurs were slow to get going as a pedestrian clearance from Eric Dier moments later was snapped up by Joao Cancelo in front of Skipp, but the full-back dragged his effort wide.

The City fans were enjoying their trip to London, goading their opponents with chants of ‘Harry Kane, he wants to be Blue’.

In the end, Nuno registered his first win as Spurs manager and Pep will need to revisit his plans for this campaign.

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