Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

24 Sep

Son Heung-min


Son Heung-min opens the scoring for Tottenham at the Riverside Stadium

Son Heung-min scored two superb goals as Tottenham moved up to second in the Premier League with victory at Middlesbrough.

On a windy day at the Riverside Stadium, Spurs took the lead when Son feinted to shoot twice in the area before striking a low 10-yard effort.

The South Korean made it 2-0 when he wriggled out of a tight position and curled in from edge of the area.

Boro improved after the break and pulled a goal back through Ben Gibson.

Tottenham’s win in Teesside means they have made their best start in the top flight for 51 years.

Son shows leadership qualities

Since joining Spurs at the start of last season, Son has often been the foil to Harry Kane’s role as lead striker.

The 24-year-old’s industry and unselfish play around the attacking areas has complemented the more predatory Kane, who has grabbed the goals, headlines and adulation.

With Kane injured through, Son showed himself a more than able understudy.

Both of his goals were wonderful. The first saw him play a one-two with Vincent Janssen, fool both Adam Clayton and Calum Chambers, then shoot past Victor Valdes.

His second was better.

There looked to be little threat to the Boro goal as Son reached the byeline on the right of the area. However, the forward then wriggled out of his tight position, before turning and firing a fantastic low curling shot into the far corner.

Tottenham’s Achilles?

Spurs fans will not want to be reminded of their side letting leads slip.

In the last four games of the 2015-16 campaign, it happened on three occasions – two resulted in draws and one in a 2-1 defeat by Southampton. Not only did their title hopes evaporate but they also failed to hold on to second spot.

On Saturday, they dominated a flaky Boro side during the first half. But after the break, Mauricio Pochettino’s side appeared to ease off the pressure, allowing the home side back in.

Had Boro been more potent in attack, then it might yet again have been a case of ‘one that got away’.

More to follow.

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

George Friend (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Christian Eriksen.

Hand ball by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough).

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Vincent Janssen.

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Adam Clayton.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dele Alli.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough).

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Moussa Sissoko because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur).

Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough).

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jordan Rhodes replaces Álvaro Negredo.

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adama Traoré replaces Gastón Ramírez.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

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