In the 2020-2021 season, Son Heung-min (29) has already scored 12 goals in the league, and is having the best year as a striker, with only two goals approaching his league record for the 2016-2017 season. In the league’s scoring rankings, it is second only to Muhammad Salach (Liverpool). The secret is his tremendous determination. He scored 12 points even though he tried only 30 shots. Among the seven players currently scoring double digits in the English Premier League (EPL), Son Heung-min is the only one to surpass 30% in the goal conversion rate divided by the number of shots. One out of three shots is connected by a goal.
However, no matter how good he shoots, if the goalkeeper completely blocks it or if bad luck follows, even Son Heung-min can’t help it. This was the EPL match against Fulham at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on the 14th.
He started with Tottenham’s left wing and actively digs into the center during an attack and fired a decisive shot, but it was blocked by the save of opponent goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. In the 19th minute of the first half, Serge Orier dug a cross from the right flank to the right of the goal area and changed the direction of the ball with a right-footed shot, but the goal was eliminated when the ball was blocked by the right foot of the keeper who threw himself. In the 24th minute of the first half, Tangwi Ndombele rushes a cross from the right side of the penalty area and attempts a diving heading shot, but again the goalkeeper made a super save.
Fortunately, Son Heung-min’s menacing attack shook Fulham’s defense and scored Tottenham’s opening goal. Son Heung-min’s attacking partner Harry Kane crossed Sergio Regilon’s left flank in the 25th minute with a heading goal in front of the goal area.
Son Heung-min missed another regrettable opportunity in the second half. In the first half, he was blocked by the goalkeeper’s save, and this time, he cried out of bad luck at the goal. In the 26th minute counterattack situation in the second half, Ndombele took over the infiltrating pass that was put in the forward direction, and the left footed shot hit Fulham’s goal after taking over to the final defense. Son Heung-min showed a desperate expression from a series of bad luck.
In the end, Son Heung-min couldn’t score on this day. What’s even more regrettable is that the team didn’t even win. In the 29th minute of the second half, Ivan Kavalley scored an equalizer with a header. In the second half of the 44th minute, Son Heung-min’s cross followed by Legilon’s goal was canceled offside, and the game ended with a 1-1 draw.
Director Jose Mourinho also expressed disappointment. He said after the game, “There were opportunities to finish the game in the first half. However, the opposing goalkeeper played excellently. “Today’s result is not good enough for us.”
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