[엑스포츠뉴스 김희웅 인턴기자] For Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), the protagonist of the’Puskas Awards’, the score against Wolfsberger is significant.
Tottenham defeated Wolfsberger 4-1 in the first leg of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League (UEL) 32nd round of the 2020/21 season held at 2:55 a.m. Korean time on the 19th at the Fuskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary. Having won a big win in the expedition, Tottenham took advantage of the UEL’s 16-finals.
Tottenham, who was on a tight schedule, started a rotation. The main gun Harry Kane was removed from the list and Son Heung-min was sorted out as one top. Gareth Bale, Delhi Ali, and Lucas Moura followed.
Son Heung-min showed threatening movements from the beginning. In the 5th minute of the first half, a left-footed shot near Ark was slightly out of the target. The score didn’t take long. In the 13th minute of the first half, Son Heung-min finished Bale’s cross with a diving header. The shot went into the corner of the goal and the goalkeeper couldn’t use it.
Afterwards, Tottenham took a 3-point lead in the first half with Bale added in the 28th minute and Maura in the 34th minute. At the start of the second half, coach Jose Mourinho took off Son Heung-min and added Carlos Vinicius. To give Son Heung-min a break for the weekend West Ham match.
Tottenham scored a penalty goal for Michael Liendle in the 10th minute of the second half, but in the 43rd minute of the second half, Vinicius gave the team a fourth goal and won.
Son Heung-min, who operated the scorer on this day, achieved career high. This season, he raised 18 goals and 13 assists, increasing his attack points to 31. He broke the record for the most attacking points (18 goals and 12 assists) achieved last season in 35 games.
It had as special significance as the new record. Son Heung-min won the FIFA Fuskas Award with a 70m dribble goal against Burnley in December of last year and December of 2019. Unfortunately, the place where the game took place on this day is the Fuskas Arena, named after Ferenc Fuskas. It was originally played in Wolfsberger’s home, but the match was held in Hungary due to the aftermath of Corona 19.
Son Heung-min, who scored a significant goal, expressed his feelings. After the game, Son Heung-min said, “It is a great honor. It feels really special because I received the Puskas Award last year.”
“But we got a victory that was more important than feeling special. It’s important that we show us what we want to win every moment. We showed good attitude and scored three goals in the first half. The players’ mindset was great.”
Regarding Veil and Breath who helped score, “I’m very close to him. I’m really happy he got time to play, scoring goals and helping out. It’s fun to play together.”
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