Son gives Spurs edge over City in UCL quarters

first_imgSon scored the first goal in Tottenham’s posh new abode against Crystal Palace last week and now the South Korea forward has bagged their maiden European strike in the arena.While Son soaked up the plaudits, much-maligned keeper Lloris also enjoyed a sweet moment of redemption in a troubled campaign when he kept out Aguero’s first-half spot-kick.Tottenham’s victory was an unexpected twist to an enthralling encounter, especially after Kane injured his left ankle in a tackle on Fabian Delph early in the second half.But City had only themselves to blame for failing to earn an advantage for the second leg in Manchester on April 17.Having won the League Cup, reached the FA Cup final and kept the destiny of the Premier League title in their own hands, this was City’s next hurdle in the race for an unprecedented quadruple.But City boss Pep Guardiola is adamant it is “almost impossible” to achieve a clean-sweep of all four major trophies.He might be right on the evidence of a City display that lacked the cutting edge and intensity required to keep Tottenham at bay.City’s first defeat since a January 29 setback at Newcastle is not fatal to their European ambitions, but they will have to improve on this tired effort to stop Tottenham reaching their first European semi-final since 1984.This was City’s 52nd competitive match of a draining season and Guardiola made four changes from the team that laboured to a 1-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.Fernandinho was selected instead of Kevin De Bruyne, the defensive-minded Brazilian lining up in midfield in a move that showed Guardiola was willing to sacrifice a little of his attacking philosophy in deference to Tottenham’s quality.Tottenham have been riding a wave of excitement in their new £1 billion, 62,062-capacity stadium, while City wilted in the red-hot atmosphere at Anfield in the Champions League quarter-finals against Liverpool last season.If Guardiola was concerned about subduing Tottenham and their boisterous crowd, his side were handed a golden opportunity in the 12th minute.Raheem Sterling cut in from the left and left three Tottenham defenders in his wake before unleashing a shot that struck Danny Rose’s raised arm as the Tottenham left-back slid in to block.There were no penalty appeals from City, but after consulting VAR, Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers awarded the spot-kick.However, Lloris plunged to his left to keep out Aguero’s penalty with a superb save.– Son rises –Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min celebrates the winner against Manchester City© AFP Ian KINGTONKane was embroiled in a physical battle with City defence’s but his attempt to fight fire with fire proved his downfall in the 55th minute.Crunching into a late challenge on Delph on the touchline, Kane appeared to twist his ankle before immediately signalling he would have to come off.The sight of the England captain limping badly down the tunnel could have been fatal for Tottenham.Kane, who has scored 24 times for Tottenham this season, is no stranger to ankle problems.Yet Tottenham thrived in his absence for seven matches with left ankle ligament damage earlier this season.And once again they rose to the challenge to snatch the lead in the 78th minute.When Son beat the City offside trap, it appeared his touch was too heavy to take advantage.But he alertly kept the ball in play, taking advantage of Delph’s pause to protest the decision by slamming a low drive under Ederson from close range.Guardiola once infuriated Pochettino by calling Tottenham ‘the Harry Kane team’ — now Son has provided the perfect riposte to that jibe.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Son gives Spurs edge over City in Champions League quarter-finalLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 9 – Tottenham ignored Harry Kane’s latest injury woes as Son Heung-Min sealed a priceless 1-0 win over Manchester City after Hugo Lloris saved Sergio Aguero’s penalty in a dramatic Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side earned a slender advantage thanks to Son’s clinical strike late in the second half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.last_img read more

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Manchester United confirm Chris Smalling hospitalised in Bali after fainting

first_img Chris Smalling 1 England defender Chris Smalling was taken to hospital in Bali after fainting due to food poisoning, Manchester United have announced.The club report the 26-year-old is now “feeling fine” following the bout of sickness.United issued a statement in response to reports from abroad claiming Smalling had been rushed to hospital following a surfing accident.There was also a photograph claiming to show Smalling on a drip with his head bandaged and neck apparently in a brace. It was suggested Smalling had suffered a heavy fall while surfing.United’s statement read: “Manchester United can clarify Chris Smalling has had food poisoning during his holiday which resulted in him fainting on Sunday.“The 26-year-old defender was taken to the hospital and is now feeling fine.“Smalling is currently on vacation in Bali following his time with England at Euro 2016 before reporting back for pre-season training later this month.“Chris would like to thank everyone for their well wishes.”Smalling began his summer holiday last week following England’s elimination from Euro 2016.Smalling’s management company Wasserman Media Group also moved to quash rumours the incident was anything more serious. “Following pictures that have been circulating online this morning and contrary to unfounded media speculation we can confirm that Chris was taken to hospital after fainting due to a severe case of food poisoning while on holiday in Bali,” said a statement.“Chris would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and is now feeling fine.”last_img read more

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