Son at the double but Spurs are made to sweat

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Tottenham Hotspur v Eintracht Frankfurt – UEFA Champions League Group D – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Heung-Min Son scored twice, but Spurs were made to sweat before overcoming ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt in an eventful UEFA Champions League Group D encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham boss, Antonio Conte, called upon the N17 faithful to play a pivotal role: “Our fans know very well the importance of this game,” the Italian explained.

“We need to create an amazing atmosphere around the pitch. It will be very important to play with twelve players, eleven players, and one player more, our fans.

“We want to go to the next round. This is not decisive, but very important, because there is a lot of balance in our group and to get a win will be very important. I think our players are ready to play an important game and I also want our fans to be ready.”

Having taken just four from the nine points on offer, the last thing Tottenham needed was a sluggish start. However, with the game’s first clear-cut opportunity, Eintracht’s Daichi Kamada picked up the pieces to open the scoring after Sebastian Rode’s centre had caused mayhem inside the Spurs box.

The German side led for just six minutes. Harry Kane set Heung Min-Son clear. The South Korean held his nerve before dispatching beyond Kevin Trapp to restore parity.

And by the midway point of the half Spurs had turned the tie on its head. Spanish referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, was invited to have another look after Kane had taken a tumble following a clash with Jakic. The England skipper dusted himself off before firing home the resulting penalty.

Harry Kane celebrates his successful penalty during Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-2 UEFA Champions League victory over Eintracht Frankfurt (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Hugo Lloris produced a smart save at the foot of an upright from Jesper Lindstrøm as the game continued to ebb and flow. But Spurs now had the bit between their teeth. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s delightful centre was met by Son’s crisp, left-footed volley and Tottenham already appeared home and hosed.

Trapp stuck out a foot to deny Son from claiming the match ball before the interval. Then the Eintracht stopper smothered from Ryan Sessegnon at close quarters as Spurs returned from the break with more of the same.

Eintracht’s evening took another turn for the worse when Tuta was shown two quick yellow cards for clumsy challenges on Son.

Lloris finger-tipped Lindstrøm’s goalbound strike over, while Djibril Sow drilled wide. But with time running out, Eintracht substitute, Faride Alidou, headed home to set up a nervy finish.

The drama continued. Bryan Gil took a tumble under Hrvoje Smolčić’s challenge. However, Kane blasted his second spot-kick of the evening high into the crowd. Meanwhile, Lloris clung on as Alidou fired in the final effort of the evening.

It wasn’t as comfortable as Conte, or the N17 audience would have liked. Nevertheless, the results sent Tottenham to the top of Group D after four matches.

Spurs now turn their attention to the Premier League, where they face Everton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, October 15 (5:30pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Højbjerg (Bryan Gil 85′), Son (Moura 85′), Richarlison (Skipp 67′), Kane, Emerson, Dier (Sánchez 78′), Romero, Sessegnon, Bentancur (Bissouma 67′), Lenglet Subs not used: Forster (GK), Doherty, Perišić, Spence, Sarr, Davies, White

Booked: Eric Dier (foul), Rodrigo Bentancur (foul)
Goals: Heung Min-Son 20′, 36′, Harry Kane (penalty) 26′

Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp, N’Dicka, Jakić, Sow, Kolo Muani (Borré 69′), Kamada (Götze 78′), Rode (Capt) (Smolčić 69′), Hasebe (Ebimbe 69′), Lenz (Alidou 69′), Lindstrøm, Tuta Subs not used: Grahl (GK), Ramaj (GK), Alario, Chandler, Dina

Booked: Tuta (foul), Makoto Hasebe (foul)
Sent-Off: Tuta (foul – second yellow card)
Goals: Daichi Kamada 14′, Faride Alidou 87′

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Esp)
Assistants: Diego Barbero and Guadalupe Porras Ayuso (both Esp)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Esp)
Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (Esp)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tiago Martins (Por)


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