‘It finally exploded.’ Son Heung-min (30, Tottenham Hotspur) broke the long goal silence and scored the 4th goal in the league.
Son Heung-min started scoring after a long time in an away game against Crystal Palace in the 19th round of the 2022-2023 English Professional Football Premier League (EPL) held at Selhurst Park in London, England on the 5th (Korean time), helping Tottenham win 4-0. added Tottenham scored a pleasant victory with goals from Heung-Min Son and Matt Doherty in addition to Harry Kane’s multi-goal.
Tottenham, who won after three league games, maintained 5th place in the league with 33 points (10 wins, 3 draws, 5 losses). The difference between Manchester United (35 points, 11 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses) in 4th place is 2 points.
On this day, Tottenham increased possession in the first half and launched an offensive, but the finish was disappointing. Tottenham, who finished the first half in a frustrating situation, poured a barrage of goals as soon as the second half began.
In the 3rd minute of the second half, Ivan Perisic’s cross was headed by Kane to score the opening goal. Then, in the 8th minute of the second half, Brian Hill scored a pass from the right flank with an upright shot to score multiple goals, widening the score to 2-0.
In the 23rd minute of the second half, Son Heung-min created a decisive opportunity. A pass stabbed from the right side of the opponent’s penalty area hit the defender’s foot and was refracted and connected to Doherty, and Doherty scored with a strong shot. It was almost recorded with the help of Son Heung-min, but it was unfortunately canceled because the ball was bent against the intention.
However, Son Heung-min managed to score a goal four minutes later. In the 27th minute of the second half, Kane’s roving pass hit the opposing defender’s body and flowed, and Son Heung-min immediately finished it with a left-footed shot to score a key goal.
It is the first time Son Heung-min has scored a goal in the league in nine games. After scoring a hat-trick against Leicester City in September of last year, he scored a goal in the league 110 days later. It was his first goal in 84 days after a multi-goal in the 4th round of the group stage against Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) in October last year.
Perhaps because the goal was scored after such a long silence, Son Heung-min vigorously threw off his face mask the moment he scored the goal, clenched his fists and roared. Teammates also shared the joy surrounding Son Heung-min. With this score, Son Heung-min has 4 goals and 2 assists in the EPL this season. Including two goals in the Champions League, he scored 6 goals and 2 assists in the official game.
Son Heung-min, who scored a total of 97 goals in the EPL alone, rose to joint second place with Teddy Sheringham in Tottenham’s all-time league scoring토토. 1st place in this category is Kane (198 goals). Also, the match that day was Son Heung-min’s 200th start in the EPL, wearing a Tottenham uniform.
Teammate Kane, who scored multiple goals, also set a new record. Kane, who scored his 198th career goal in his 300th league match on this day, surpassed Alan Shearer’s (196 goals) ‘most goals in 300 EPL matches’.
After the game, Son Heung-min said in an interview with Sky Sports, “I was really sorry for the team. “I hope today will be a turning point,” he said. “Me and we are working really hard to be consistent. Scoring is very important to regain confidence. I want to score more goals in the upcoming games.”
“A player needs goals for confidence,” coach Antonio Conte said. For Sony, (this goal) is really important.” He continued, “Sony is 100% trusted by his teammates. He is an important player for us and I know he can do much better than he is now.”
British media Football London said, “Son Heung-min almost had another frustrating evening, but he roared with joy as he overpowered his opponent and started scoring. He was also involved in Doherty’s goal,” he said. “I hope that the lack of confidence will overflow again with this goal.”
Son Heung-min received an average rating of 8.3 from whoscored.com, a soccer statistics website. This is the third after Kane (9.3) and Doherty (8.6) who scored multiple goals.