Son on target for Tottenham


September 28, 2016
AP Tottenham's Heung-Min Son (right) getting away from CSKA's Georgi Schennikov during the Champions League Group E match between CSKA Moscow and Tottenham Hotspur in Moscow, Russia yesterday.


Tottenham coped well despite injury problems to put their Champions League campaign back on track yesterday with a 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow.

Son Heung-min scored the winning goal, his fifth of the season, in the 71st minute to keep up his good form in the absence of injured Harry Kane.

Tottenham - missing five first-team regulars - bounced back from their opening loss to Monaco in Group E. Coach Mauricio Pochettino criticised his players' outlook following that defeat, but was full of praise after yesterday's win made it four victories in a row since then.

Goalscorer Son was frequently a substitute last season but has found himself elevated this campaign due to Kane's injury. With Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko also having missed the trip to Russia, Pochettino praised the team's strength in depth.

"Now you can see that all the players are key in the squad," he said. "You never know when a player will become key for the team ... In some specific moment, that player who doesn't play too much can be decisive."

Defeat was a blow for CSKA, which was celebrating the first European game at its new stadium, the 30,000-capacity Arena CSKA, ending six years spent at a temporary home in the Moscow suburbs.

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