Son Heung-min (31) showed his captain’s class. He was more than happy to see his ‘rival’ and ‘teammate’, Heurelisbon (26, Tottenham), back in action.
Tottenham defeated Sheffield United 2-1 at home in the fifth round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, on Saturday (Aug. 16) at 11 p.m. ET. The result extends Tottenham’s unbeaten run to five matches after the opening day. Four wins and one draw.
Son Heung-min started up front and played the full 80 minutes. However, he was unable to create any offense.
Before the game, there was a lot of speculation about whether Son’s toe was going to explode again, as he had scored a hat-trick in the previous three days against Burnley in the fourth round.
However, in the midst of a murderous schedule that saw him join the South Korean national team for the September A-match, play Wales on the 8th and Saudi Arabia on the 13th, and then return to play a league game immediately afterward, there were no goals this time around.
Still, he struggled on the day. In the 12th minute of the first half, Son saw a sharp ball coming in from the back and tried to get a soft touch on the ball near the arc, but he couldn’t keep the ball under his feet like he wanted to. He let the ball slip away.
Heung-min also took a free shot with his right foot from just outside the left corner of the Sheffield box in the 20th minute. But it was a super save.
In the 11th minute of the second half, Son appealed to the referee. As Tottenham were attacking in the Sheffield area, a ball thrown from the stands hit the ground and play was briefly halted. After the situation was cleared up, the referee made a decision that was somewhat difficult to understand. He called a drop ball in Sheffield’s possession even though Tottenham were attacking. Son Heung-min approached the referee and gestured in protest, but the decision was not overturned.
Son then left the field in the 35th minute for Brennan Johnson. At this point, he was replaced by Pape Sarr.
In this match, Heung-min was the more prominent player. His “one-goal, one-assist” performance in second-half stoppage time, when his team was down 0-1, was the highlight.
Eight minutes into stoppage time, Heung-min scored the equalizer with a header from a corner kick. Two minutes later, Dejan Kluczewski scored the winner, assisted by Hysliszon.
To make matters worse, Sheffield lost McBurnie to a straight red card. The game ended with a dramatic comeback win for Tottenham.
The result lifted a bit of a weight off the shoulders of the Frenchman. He joined Tottenham in a £60 million transfer ahead of last season. However, he didn’t quite live up to expectations. In 27 EPL games in the 2022-2023 season, he scored just one goal. As a striker, he was not up to the task at all. This season, he didn’t score a league goal until the game against Sheffield Wednesday. He even broke down in tears when asked about his recent struggles.
There was no way the Tottenham squad didn’t know about his situation, and the ‘veteran’ and ‘captain’ Son Heung-min would have been able to read his mind better than anyone else.바카라사이트
So when the game ended in a come-from-behind victory, Heung-min went straight to him, pointed his finger at him, and beamed. ‘Today’s hero,’ he announced.
“Tottenham players lined up in a circle and ran to him to congratulate him,” wrote the British publication Football London. To congratulate him,” describing the situation as “(especially) Son Heung-min, who wanted to make sure he was the center of attention.”