‘PK Judo’ Son Heung-min, Season 8 King of the Match… up to the chin

Tottenham Hotspur draw 1-1 at Southampton
Hand, clever play induces PK and exit, 8.1 top rated

Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung-Min Son fights for the ball with Romain Perrault during the English Premier League round 20 match against Southamptons at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England on the 29th. Reuters Yonhap News

Heung-min Son (29, Tottenham) was selected as the best player in the 8th game of the season even without a goal, chasing Liverpool’s best goalkeeper Mohamed Salah to the chin. However, their team Tottenham showed their physical limitations and drew 1-1 against Southampton.

Heung-Min Son played full-time as a starter in an away game against Southampton in the 20th round of the English Premier League (EPL) for the 2021-22 season held at St Mary’s Stadium in England on the 29th (Korean time).

His first five consecutive games of his career were disqualified. However, after a 0-1 lead, a penalty kick was awarded in the 39th minute, contributing to the draw for Tottenham. Heung-Min Son, who was breaking through with a long pass from Harry Winks, tripped over the leg of the opposing defender Mohamed Salisu, and Salisu was sent off due to accumulated warnings. Kane, who started as the kicker, did not miss a chance in the 41st minute of the first half and balanced it 1-1 with a shot aimed at the left corner.

Son Heung-min showed a heavy overall appearance on the day. It was the appearance that had an impact on the game in 46 hours after the game against Crystal Palace on the 27th. However, fans cast the most votes for Son Heung-min in the ‘King of the match’ voting held on the EPL website after the game. In the vote for the best player of the game, in which more than 17,500 people participated, Heung-Min Son received 46.5% of the support, beating Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Foster (21.5%) and Tottenham striker Harry Kane (16.1%). This season’s 8th ‘King of the Match’ selection. After Liverpool goalkeeper Mohamed Salah (9 innings), he has the second highest number of EPL players., a European soccer statistics site, gave Son Heung-min the highest score of 8.1 among the two teams. However, British Football London gave Heung-Min Son the lowest rating of 5 among Tottenham players and gave a harsh evaluation, saying, “It was not at the usual level. It was difficult to make an impact in the second half.”

It was a more disappointing result in a draw against a low-middle-ranking team with ten players. Rotation was activated to balance the physical strength of the main players, but it did not work properly. Southampton put the heavy Tottenham players in a man-to-man defense. Dele Alli, who started out, did not show as light a performance as against Liverpool. Matt Doherty, who came in at the start of the second half, continued to miss opportunities and was disappointing.

It was also disappointing that Kane’s goal was canceled offside after video review (VAR) in the 8th minute of the second half. The referee determined that Kane’s shoulders were slightly ahead of the defenders. “It was a very tight decision,” Sky Sports reported. “I don’t want to talk, I have to accept the referee’s decision,” said coach Antonio Conte.

Dongsoon Choi reporter

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