Son Heung-min scored twice following an advanced few days to take Tottenham in the direction of the Champions League knockout stages by thrashing Purple Star Belgrade.
Spurs lie second in Community B, four aspects definite of Purple Star in third, shimmering one victory from their final two video games will manufacture obvious progression to the final 16.
Forward Son, who became left “devastated” by his contaminated that led to a horrific ankle smash for Everton’s Andre Gomes on Sunday, netted twice in the second half, lashing dwelling a make from an angle and tapping in from shut vary.
The South Korean didn’t rejoice his first goal; instead he clasped his arms and bowed his head.
Mauricio Pochettino’s facet went forward in the foremost half courtesy of the impressive Giovani Lo Celso, who clipped dwelling a make on his first initiate for the club following an almighty goalmouth slither in which Spurs hit the put up and bar. Christian Eriksen added a fourth leisurely on.
Purple Star had chances of their like nonetheless couldn’t secure a methodology past Paulo Gazzaniga, with the Spurs goalkeeper saving sharply off Milan Pavkov and Rajiv van La Parra.
It became Spurs’ first away pick since their thrilling Champions League semi-final comeback in opposition to Ajax final season.
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Son on tune for Spurs
Tottenham’s total create this season has been bad, losing four of their 11 matches in the Premier League and struggling a 7-2 humiliation at dwelling by Bayern Munich.
However the north Londoners like recovered from that demolition in notorious style, scoring nine targets in back-to-back video games in opposition to Purple Star.
Their victory in Belgrade became your complete more impressive as the dwelling facet tend to provide a stern examination for the guests, losing lawful twice of their previous 21 video games in Europe on the Rajko Mitic Stadium, in conjunction with a audacious victory over eventual winners Liverpool final season.
Son became despatched off for tripping Gomes in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday and became visibly distraught by the smash nonetheless Pochettino mentioned he became “in a extremely lawful methodology” to play and his two targets showed it.
For the foremost, he got a spin contained in the dwelling from Dele Alli, labored it onto his left foot and smashed a make into the roof of the accumulate. With the occasions of Sunday aloof on his mind, Son opted to live subdued.
His second executed off a easy group spin, changing from shut vary following Danny Rose’s low contaminated to the back put up.
Midfielder Eriksen came off the bench to spherical off an unparalleled night time for Spurs by deftly clipping in with 5 minutes final.
Lo Celso displays his ability
Argentine midfielder Lo Celso joined Spurs on loan – with an possibility to love interaction – from Staunch Betis on transfer decrease-off date day in August, nonetheless has been restricted to six exchange appearances having struggled with a hip scenario.
In Serbia, he showed a behold of his ability with an all-spherical, entertaining efficiency, seemingly shaking of his early season smash complications.
For the length of his 86 minutes on the pitch, Lo Celso touched the ball more times (102) and made more tackles (5) than any other player on the pitch, whereas he obtained the ball back eight times. He made Seventy nine passes with an accuracy of 90%.
The primitive Paris St-Germain player executed off the opening goal neatly, taking a splash and stroking in from six yards out nonetheless not earlier than an extremely chaotic duration of play.
Lo Celso had slipped Harry Kane via on the goal and the skipper toe-poked his effort in opposition to the put up, whereas Son saw his put together-up cleared off the goalline.
The Purple Star defenders failed to definite and the ball at final reached Kane all over again on the back put up, nonetheless his volley all via goal became one way or the opposite diverted onto the crossbar by Son from a yard out.
Over again Purple Star were unable to gain the ball to safety, allowing Lo Celso to declare his first goal for Tottenham.
We want to maintain going – Pochettino
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino instructed BT Sport:“We’re cosy for the efficiency of the group. It’s some distance a extremely sophisticated space and we spoke so a lot earlier than the game about Liverpool, PSG and Napoli not winning right here, nonetheless the group became unparalleled.
“We controlled the game after we scored and we were worthy better. Now we like a mountainous squad and when you’ve gotten gotten tons of alternate options you’ve gotten gotten complications too on story of anyone is cosy and any individual is not.
“This season is varied to the previous season and now we now like got to maintain going. It’s some distance handiest a sport and we now like got to add three more aspects to qualify nonetheless it is a lawful feeling after Everton.”
Man of the match – Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Spurs’ scoring jog – the stats
- Tottenham’s victory became their first away pick in any opponents in nine video games this season (D5 L3).
- Purple Star Belgrade like suffered their heaviest dwelling defeat of their European Cup/Champions League history.
- Tottenham like change into the foremost English group to beat Purple Star some distance flung from dwelling in a Champions League/European Cup tie.
- Purple Star like conceded more targets than any other facet after four rounds of matches on this season’s Champions League (13).
- Tottenham like now scored in every of their past 13 Champions League away video games – handiest Chelsea (13 between March 2000 and April 2005) can match this form of jog amongst English facets in the opponents.
- Giovani Lo Celso scored his sixth goal in his past eight appearances all via the Europa League/Champions League.