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Tottenham are back in business in the Champions League following a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow at the CSKA Arena.
The Premier League
side's Group E campaign got off to a disastrous start 13 days ago
with a 2-1 home defeat to Monaco at Wembley, but Heung-Min Son netted
the only goal of the game in the Russian capital to revitalise
manager Mauricio Pochettino's European ambitions.
international Son, the most expensive Asian footballer in history
when he signed from Bayer Leverkusen in a £22m
deal last summer, endured a disappointing first season at White Hart
Lane, starting just 13 Premier League matches and netting just four
with five goals in his last five games, including two against
Middlesbrough on Saturday, he suddenly looks the player Pochettino
always believed he could be – a goalscoring threat from off the
main striker, a finder of pockets of space around the penalty area.
goal came on 71 minutes, the 24-year-old running on to an Erik Lamela
pass, and shooting past CSKA
the Russian international allowing
the ball to squirm under his body.
could have doubled the lead a minute later after again finding space
in the CSKA area, but Georgi Schennikov
brilliantly to block his shot and Dele Alli was unable to follow up his
effort on the turn.
young England midfielder, who has started the season in low-key
fashion following a difficult Euro 2016 campaign, is
beginning to find form again and came closest to breaking the
deadlock in the first half.
Eriksen kept the 35th minute attack going through sheer persistence to set up Alli, whose shot from 20 yards crashed against the top of the crossbar with
Akinfeev well beaten.
wasn't all one way, with former Manchester United youngster Zoran
close twice either side of the break, but Tottenham stayed strong to
claim their first Champions League win of the season.
the night's other Group E match, Kamil
Glik netted a 94th
minute equaliser as home side Monaco drew 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen.
Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez had given Roger Schmidt's side a 73rd minute lead at the Stade Louis II.
Tottenham face the Bundesliga side at the BayArena on Matchday Three on 18 October, then host the Germans at Wembley on Matchday Four on 2 November.
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