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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Three days after leaving the field in tears over his role in an opponent’s injury, Son Heung-min scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur beat Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.After hitting the crossbar in the buildup to Tottenham’s first goal, Son put the result beyond doubt with two goals in the space of four second-half minutes, sealing Tottenham’s second straight Champions League win since losing 7-2 to Bayern Munich last month. Son scored his first in the 57th minute off a pass from Dele Alli to finish an incisive team move and made it 3-0 shortly after off a cross from Danny Rose.On Sunday, Son got a red card after his challenge left Everton’s André Gomes with a fractured ankle. The decision was later overturned on appeal, so he won’t serve a Premier League ban.After his first goal, Son turned toward the TV camera and made a gesture of apology.”I didn’t want to celebrate. I just wanted to respect the situation,” Son said in televised comments. “It’s been a tough few days.”Tottenham’s first goal against Red Star looked closer to pinball than football as Harry Kane hit the post and Son the crossbar before Giovani Lo Celso finally buried the ball in the net.Red Star nearly leveled in similar circumstances shortly after when Rajiv van la Parra’s shot smacked against the post and Tottenham defender Davinson Sánchez hit his own crossbar with a botched clearance.Red Star played the last 12 minutes with 10 men after striker Milan Pavkov was stretchered off with an apparently serious injury to his leg after landing awkwardly when challenging for a high ball.With Red Star a man down, Christian Eriksen made it 4-0 with a deflected shot for his first goal since Sept. 1.Tottenham last won away from home when it beat Ajax in last season’s Champions League semifinals.The win gives Tottenham a strong hold on second place in Group B, with a four-point cushion to Red Star in third. Leader Bayern beat Olympiakos 2-0 in the night’s other game and has advanced to the knockout stage.Despite the win, there’s still pressure on manager Mauricio Pocchettino ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Sheffield United.Home and away wins over Red Star are Tottenham’s only wins from its last seven games in all competitions. champions leagueChristian EriksenDele Alliharry kane First Published: November 7, 2019, 8:50 AM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Jun 5 (PTI) Boosted by the availability of star striker Sunil Chhetri after his timely recovery from a hamstring injury, hosts India go into the football friendly against lower-ranked Nepal here tomorrow with their confidence high and as the favourites.The international friendly is to be played at the Football Arena in Andheri Sports Complex where Indias dramatic ascension to no. 100 in the FIFA rankings commenced last September with a 4-0 rout of Puerto Rico.The Indian squad has been sweating it out at the same venue for three weeks now with only the players from Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan missing for the major part due to their club commitments.With them joining the camp a few days ahead of the friendly against Nepal, which is being used as the tune-up for Indias vital AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier against Kyrgyzstan next week, national head coach Stephen Constantine would be keen to put his best team on the park and make them jell again as a combination.The players had dispersed to fulfil their respective club commitments after notching up a memorable 1-0 win over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup group opener in March end and the main aim will be to reunite in a proper way for the June 13 game against Kyrgyzstan at Bengaluru.”The mood in the team is great. We are all excited to be representing the country again after the long season. The Nepal game is important so that we are set up before the game against Kyrgyzstan,” key midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh told reporters on Saturday.advertisement”Its the right preparation (for the game against Kyrgyzstan at Bengaluru) as playing against any team will help us to jell as a team. We are coming back after so many months and its important to get our system right before playing against Kyrgyzstan,” Lyngdoh added.The team will obviously miss the services of winger Udanta Singh, who has picked up a serious hamstring injury and is out of this game as well as the more important one against the Kyrgyz Republic.It was Udanta who had laid the perfect pass for Chhetri to bulge the net in the dying moments of the game against Myanmar in Yangoon on March 28.Coming to the India-Nepal football rivalry, the hosts have not lost to their north-eastern neighbours for 18 years, their last defeat – a 0-4 rout – happening in the 1999 SAF Games.After that reversal, the two South Asian neighbours have met on nine occasions and India has come out trumps on all but two of these encounters which were goalless draws.Their last contest was in the South Asian Football Federation championship in December 2015 and India had emerged 4-1 victors. PTI SSR GKlast_img read more