Son Heung-min Leads EPL in Scoring with 9th Goal of Season

  • By Song Won-hyung

    November 23, 2020 10:39

    Son Heung-min scored his ninth goal of the season in the English Premier League on Nov. 21 in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 victory over Manchester City.

    The goal came just four minutes and 19 seconds after kickoff, when Son collected a lob from Tanguy Ndombele with his right foot as he ran forward, and clinically slotted the ball past goalkeeper Ederson with his left foot.

    Son is now the EPL's leading goal scorer for the season, ahead of Jamie Vardy of Leicester City, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton, who have eight goals apiece. His ninth goal was his first in three matches, since Spurs played Burnley on Oct. 27. In all competitions, he has scored 11 goals including two in the UEFA Europa League. 

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring a goal against Manchester City in London on Nov. 21. /Reuters-Yonhap

    Spurs added another goal in the 65th minute by Giovani lo Celso to beat Man City 2-0. For the first time since August 2014, Tottenham are now at the top of the league with 20 points from six wins, two draws and one loss, ahead of Chelsea with 18 points.

    Son recently had a COVID-19 scare when his teammate on the Korean national team, Hwang Hee-chan, tested positive after an international friendly against Qatar in Austria. The two players had embraced as they celebrated Hwang's goal during the match. Tottenham flew Son back to London on a chartered flight for his safety, and he was able to start on Saturday after testing negative for coronavirus twice.

    Son has a history of strong performances against Manchester City, famously eliminating them in the quarterfinals of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League with a hat trick. According to Opta Sports, a sports data provider, Son has scored six goals against Manchester City since Pep Guardiola became the team's manager in 2016, second only to Vardy, who has nine goals. 

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