‘SON and Kane’ joint goal’ Tottenham win 1-0 against Fulham… 4th place Manchester United ‘strong pursuit’
Tottenham escaped a two-game losing streak by beating Fulham with a joint goal from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. It also narrowed the gap with Manchester United in fourth place, sparking competition in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Tottenham defeated Fulham 1-0 with Kane’s winning goal assisted by Son Heung-min in the 2022-2023 English Premier League (EPL) round 21 away match held at Kraven Cottage, London, England at 5:15 am (Korean time) on the 24th. subdued
Tottenham, who had previously fallen to Arsenal and Manchester City one after another, won in three league games. With 36 points (11 wins, 3 draws, 7 losses), the gap with Manchester United (39 points), who played one less game, narrowed the gap to 3 points.
Son Heung-min and Kane scored the first joint goal since the 4th leg of the Champions League group stage in Frankfurt (Germany) on October 13 last year. At that time, Kane helped Son Heung-min’s goal. It has been 107 days since the match against Brighton on October 9 that a joint goal was made in the EPL.
Son Heung-min personally accumulated attack points in 4 official games after the Crystal Palace match (1 goal) on the 5th. This is the third league assist record since the match against Brighton, which helped Kane’s goal earlier.
Tottenham operated a 3-4-2-1 formation with Kane at the center, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski on both sides. Ivan Perisic and Emerson Royal played the role of wingbacks, while Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hoivier worked together in midfield. Ben Davis, Eric Dyer and Christian Romero stood on the defensive line. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The midfield battle was so intense that the first shot from both teams came out only in the 10th minute. It was Fulham that set the mood first. A series of shots from Bobby Reid and Andres Ferreira aimed at the Tottenham goal. Tottenham also countered with Davis’ shot in the corner kick follow-up attack, but it missed the goal.
Fulham created one threat after another. In the 19th minute of the first half, Harrison Reed’s shot from the door was barely missed by goalkeeper Lloris, and 5 minutes later, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header slightly missed the goal. Son Heung-min received a yellow card for stepping on an opponent’s ankle in a contest after a counterattack was stopped.
Tottenham, who passed the crisis, launched a counterattack after the middle of the first half. In the 33rd minute of the first half, Kane’s right-footed shot went off the target, and Emerson’s shot was blocked by the goalkeeper. Son Heung-min’s free kick was kicked by Kane, but it failed to cross the defensive wall.
The tight balance was broken with a joint goal by Son Heung-min and Kane in the extra time of the first half. Son Heung-min, 스포츠토토 who received Hoibier’s pass, dug into the penalty box and gave the pass to Kane. Kane shook the Fulham net with a bold right-footed shot from the front of the arc.
Fulham, who was hit at home, went on the offensive in the second half. However, Tottenham’s defensive concentration was not easily disturbed. Rather, in the 12th minute of the second half, Kane’s header seemed to be sucked into Fulham’s goal, but the goalkeeper saved and missed the opportunity for an additional goal.
Even after that, the game continued with Fulham increasing ball possession and finding gaps in Tottenham. However, it was not possible to create a decisive opportunity. Rather, after Tottenham cut off Fulham’s attack, they counterattacked and aimed for a key goal.
In the 30th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min was replaced by Richarlison and finished the game first. It is also the first time that Son Heung-min was replaced in the middle of an EPL game instead of full-time since the 10th round with Brighton last year when Son Heung-min and Kane scored a joint goal.
Even after Son Heung-min was replaced, the game continued similarly. Fulham, driven into a corner, continued their efforts for an equalizer, but Tottenham’s defensive concentration, which was about to escape from a losing streak, was not easily disturbed. In the 44th minute of the second half, even Manor Solomon’s shot was hit by goalkeeper Joris with his fingertips, putting cold water on the opponent’s will to pursue.
Coach Antonio Conte (54, Italy) took out Kulusevski at the end of the game and put midfielder Eve Bisuma in to solidify the victory. In the end, there was no reversal even after 6 minutes of extra time. The match ended with Tottenham winning 1-0.