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Published: 21:36 | 27/9/16

Son nets as Tottenham win in Moscow


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.

South Korea 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 times.

But 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.

His goal came on 71 minutes, the 24-year-old running on to an Erik Lamela pass, and shooting past CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, the Russian international allowing the ball to squirm under his body.

Son could have doubled the lead a minute later after again finding space in the CSKA area, but Georgi Schennikov did brilliantly to block his shot and Dele Alli was unable to follow up his effort on the turn.

The 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.

Christian 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.

It wasn't all one way, with former Manchester United youngster Zoran Tosic going close twice either side of the break, but Tottenham stayed strong to claim their first Champions League win of the season.

In 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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