Tottenham 1-0 Man City: Son helps Nuno’s men down the champions

Date published: Sunday 15th August 2021 6:15 - News Desk

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Son Heung-Min grabbed the all-important winning goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Premier League champions Manchester City.

The build-up to this game was overshadowed by the news surrounding Jack Grealish and Harry Kane.

Grealish made his league debut for City here after joining them for around £100m. Kane wants to join him there and he was absent from the Spurs squad.


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While Kane was late in reporting back for pre-season training his partner in crime Son Heung-min was busy signing a new contract and endeared himself to the Tottenham fans even further by scoring a 55th-minute winner.

The South Korean loves playing against City and it was the seventh time he has scored against them and the fourth in four games in north London.

It was a dream start for new boss Nuno Santo Espirito, who has not been dealt the easiest hand given his appointment, and the manner of the performance suggested that Spurs can challenge for the top spot.

Tottenham Son Heung Min

City’s defence of their Premier League title began with a defeat, but with this game out of the way now they may up their ante in their chase of Kane, which has so far not progressed past an opening bid of £100million.

Pep Guardiola’s men will also be glad they have already ticked off their visit to Tottenham’s new home, having lost all four visits without scoring a goal.

They were pretty keen to put that right and made an electric start, spurning two very good openings in the first 10 minutes.

Fernandinho had a gaping goal when Hugo Lloris came out to punch Benjamin Mendy’s cross and got nowhere near it, but planted his header wide and then defender Joao Cancelo was off target after a loose ball fell to him in an inviting position.

Tottenham looked all at sea in that fast City start, but they have had a settled team in pre-season and they steadily grew into the game.

They were at their most dangerous on the counter-attack as the pace of Son, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura caused problems, but a lack of quality at the final moment prevented them taking real advantage.

Bergwijn had a shot blocked from a quick break and then Son came closest with a bending shot from the edge of the area that took a nick off Cancelo, only for referee Anthony Taylor to award a goal kick.

Eventually that front three came good and sent Spurs in front 10 minutes after the restart.

They were defending a City attack and the ball fell to Moura, whose quick flick released Bergwijn, who carried the ball up the length of the pitch before passing to Son.

The South Korean cut inside on the edge of the area and sent a low curling effort into the bottom corner. It was a good finish but Ruben Dias got himself into a tangle trying not to handle the shot and missed his clearance.

Spurs should have made it 2-0 moments later but Bergwijn was so wasteful, clipping the side-netting when through on goal after Spurs won possession back again.

City have simply not had the time together on the training pitch to be at their electric best, but they mounted an attempt to get back into the game.

Ferran Torres missed from close range after a well-worked free-kick and the £100million man Grealish shot straight at Lloris after advancing into the area.

Spurs were able to see it out with ease to register a win on a memorable afternoon, but now the battle to keep Kane will surely heat up.

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