Son Heung-min Scores in 1st Game for Tottenham After Asian Cup

  • By Lee Tae-dong

    February 01, 2019 10:23

    Son Heung-min scored a goal on Wednesday in his first game for Tottenham Hotspur after returning to the club from the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup, in which he took part for the Korean national team.

    The striker scored his ninth English Premier League goal of the season in a 2-1 home win over Watford FC. In the 80th minute, he pounced on a loose ball and blasted a powerful left-footed shot into the net to tie the score when Tottenham were trailing 1-0. Teammate Fernando Llorente scored the winning goal seven minutes later.

    Son now has 13 goals in all competitions for Spurs this season.

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring against Watford FC in London on Wednesday. /EPA-Yonhap

    He played three games in the Asian Cup, from which Korea exited after losing to Qatar in the quarterfinals last Friday, ending the tournament with one assist but no goals. His heavy playing schedule since last summer appeared to have taken a toll on his condition.

    But back in London, he had to play in a game without any chance to rest, as injuries to Spurs' starting strikers Harry Kane and Dele Ali forced coach Mauricio Pochettino to start Son, and he came through with a goal anyway.

    BBC Sport named Son "Man of the Match," saying that he "is becoming one of the team's more consistent performers. The South Korean produced yet another energetic performance, which was all the more impressive because he only returned from the United Arab Emirates on Saturday."

    Pochettino said, "Of course he was disappointed to lose the quarterfinal against Qatar -- he wanted to deliver his best for his country and win the Asian Cup," adding, "But at the same time I need to be honest -- I'm happy he's back because he's helping us to try and win, and that is so important."

    "He finished very tired, with some cramp. We're going to see if he can recover for the next game. If he's OK, maybe he's going to be in the starting XI -- if not, on the bench. For sure if we need him, he's going to help the team." 

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