English Premier League (EPL) Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min (31) was left frustrated after his team conceded back-to-back goals after his own equalizer was wasted.
Spurs suffered a 1-4 reverse at home to Chelsea in the 11th round of the 2023-24 EPL on Sunday (July 7) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
After opening the season unbeaten in 10 games (8 W, 2 D), the surging Spurs were unable to overcome the disadvantage of having two players sent off on the day and suffered their first defeat of the season.
For captain Son Heung-min, it was a disappointing performance. Heung-min played the full game as a frontline striker and was looking for his ninth goal of the season, but was unable to find the back of the net.
Heung-min made it 1-0 in the 13th minute of the first half with a sensational one-touch shot that only changed direction, but the goal was disallowed after VAR review showed he was offside.
Spurs were then forced to play with nine men following the sending-offs of Cristian Romero and Destiny Udoh, leaving Son to fight a lonely battle as the lone striker in a 4-3-1 formation with virtually no secondary support.
But the chances were there. In the 44th minute, trailing 1-2, Son sprinted past three defenders in almost the only counterattack opportunity of the game before firing a left-footed shot past Hoe-Seom. But the ball hit the keeper’s hand and rolled toward the goal before stopping. Had it gone in, nine-man Tottenham could have pulled off a miraculous equalizer.
Having missed a golden opportunity that would never come again, Spurs then conceded two goals in quick succession, including two one-on-one chances to Nicholas Jackson. 토토사이트
Son, who is known for his competitive spirit, covered his face with his jersey after his team conceded and stood for a long time afterward, sobbing. Even after the game ended, he was unable to open up, even after being consoled by his teammates.
Tottenham fought hard in the second half and came close to equalizing, so Son’s disappointment was even greater when he couldn’t find the equalizer.