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Thursday 21 November 2019

Son bounces back with brace

Red Star 0 Tottenham 4

Son Heung-min. Photo: AP
Son Heung-min. Photo: AP

Son Heung-min bounced back from his weekend devastation as he scored two goals in Tottenham's impressive 4-0 Champions League win at Red Star Belgrade.

Son was visibly distraught after his tackle led to a horrific injury to Everton's Andre Gomes on Sunday and he was a doubt to make the trip to Serbia as a result.

But he put it all behind him in Belgrade with a double in four second-half minutes to take his tally to nine Champions League goals in 2019 and five in four games this season.

His brace added to Giovani Lo Celso's first goal for the club and a late Christian Eriksen strike, as Spurs finally won away for the first time since May 8 - the famous night against Ajax in Amsterdam.

The victory puts the Premier League side in the driving seat to join Group B leaders Bayern Munich in the knockout stages.

It also gave an insight into what the future might look like as record signing Tanguy Ndombele put in a superb performance while deadline day arrival Lo Celso, making his first start, also looked the part.

Spurs went ahead 11 minutes before the break as Lo Celso made it a full debut to remember.

There was nothing pretty about the goal, though, as he was the one to eventually prod home from close range after Kane and then Son had hit the woodwork in a crazy few seconds of pinball.

Son's first 12 minutes after the restart took the heat out of the game.

Ndombele starred as he led a lightning-fast breakaway, feeding Dele Alli to play in Son and the South Korean fired home a high finish in style. After scoring, Son turned to a camera and held up his hands in an apparent apology following his involvement in the Gomes incident.

Four minutes later it was 3-0 as another brilliant move, which saw Kane play in Danny Rose, ended with Son converting at the far post.

The finishing touches to Spurs' first away win in 183 days were completed five minutes from time as substitute Eriksen fired home from Ryan Sessegnon's assist.

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