[골닷컴] Reporter Kang Dong-hun = Tottenham Hotspur progressed to the round of 16 (5th round) of the FA Cup for the fourth consecutive season. In the middle was Son Heung-min, who presented a ‘one man show’. He led the victory with great success in starting and scoring multiple goals.
Tottenham scored Son Heung-min’s multi-goal goal and AR in the 2022-2023 season FA Cup round of 32 (4th round) away game against Preston North End (Part 2) held at Deepdale Stadium in Deepdale, England at 3: 00 am (Korea time) on the 29th. Naut Danjuma’s second goal resulted in a 3-0 win.
Tottenham, who won that day, continued their journey to win the FA Cup 32 years after the 1990-1991 season as they reached the round of 16 for four consecutive seasons from the 2019-2020 season. The opponents for the next 5 rounds will be determined according to the bracket later.
Son Heung-min started as a front row striker that day and scored several goals, scoring his 7th and 8th consecutive goals of the season. After 5 games in the official game, he started scoring, and accumulated attacking points in 2 consecutive games. This was his 14th career FA Cup goal.
Before that, Tottenham managed to bounce back by winning 1-0 in an away match in the 21st round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-2023 season against Fulham held at Craven Cottage in London, England three days ago. Now, it was an important task to continue the journey towards winning the FA Cup with a winning streak by continuing the flow.
Head coach Cristian Stellini (Italy), who appeared at the press conference instead, said, “I’ve always talked about winning. It’s not easy, but you have to work hard to lift the trophy. “I will prepare well for the situation and do my best to win.”
As expected, Tottenham came out with an unchanged back three tactic. However, since they were working on a tight schedule and had an objective power advantage, they started the rotation that day. Up front, Ivan Perisic and Dejan Kulusevski formed a triangular formation, with Son Heung-min in the middle.
From left, Ryan Sessegnon, Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bisuma and Matt Doherty joined in midfield. The defensive line was formed by Clement Lenglet, Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga. The goalkeeper’s gloves were worn by Fraser Foster.
As expected, Tottenham were leading the game and driving without a break. Several shots in the beginning failed to lead to effective shots, and Son Heung-min, who was free to move in the moment of frustration, stepped forward. In the 16th minute of the first half, the left foot shot with the defense in front of him was deflected and blocked by goalkeeper Freddy Woodman.
Continue Tottenham’s wave attack continued. In the 25th minute of the first half, Son Heung-min managed to break through the dribble in front of the arc circle, and the goalkeeper Woodman managed to catch the powerful shot. Eight minutes later, Kulusevski’s left-footed shot went just over the top of the goal. Tottenham connected 2 shots on target out of 7 shots, but failed to score and finished 0-0.
In a frustrating flow, Tottenham took the lead as Son Heung-min scored consecutive goals. In the 5th minute of the second half he hit the net with a great left foot kick aiming straight for the corner of the left goal. On the 24th minute of the second half, after receiving a heel pass from Perisic, he easily evaded the defense and calmly broke the net.
Preston rarely attempted an attack and failed to create a shooting opportunity. Amidst a failed counter-attack, Tottenham took the initiative again and scored an extra goal. In the 42nd minute of the second half, Kulusevski’s ground cross was pushed by Danjuma. In the end, the game ended with Tottenham winning 3-0.