Tottenham draws 2-2 with Arsenal, thanks to Son Heung-min’s goal, despite a misfortune with a Ronaldo own goal.
Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) scored a multi-goal performance to rescue his team from the brink of defeat.
Tottenham drew 2-2 with arch-rivals Arsenal in the North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium in London, England, on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET in the sixth round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) season.
The result keeps Tottenham and Arsenal unbeaten since the start of the season. With four wins, two draws, and 14 points, they sit in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Arsenal sits one place below them on goal difference.
On the day, Tottenham deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Son Heung-min in the middle and Brennan Johnson, Dejan Kulusebski, James Maddison, Pape Sarr, Yves Bissouma, Destiny Udoji, Micky van der Penn, Sergio Romero, Pedro Foro, and Guglielmo Vicario in goal.
Arsenal lined up in a 4-3-3 formation. Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus, Buckayo Sakho, Martin Ødegaard, Fabio Vieira, Declan Rice, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, Ben White, and David Lahaya (goalkeeper).
In the second minute of the first half, Tottenham struck first. Johnson distracted an opponent with a solo run down the left flank of the box before looking to shoot at the opposite post, but his accuracy was lacking. A minute later, Son Heung-min rattled the Arsenal net from a corner kick, but was ruled offside.
In the 13th minute, Arsenal sent a chill down Spurs’ spine. Jejus got a foot to a cross from the right, but his effort was saved.
Both teams were nervous. Tottenham’s Udoji and Arsenal’s Ödegaard were cautioned side-by-side as they battled in the midfield.
In the 15th minute, Tottenham created a crisis. Udoji played a backpass to goalkeeper Vicario in the Tottenham half, but the ball ended up at the feet of Arsenal’s Nketiah, who was pressing down the right flank of the box. Spurs were instantly on the verge of conceding a goal, but Vicario was able to breathe a sigh of relief.
In the 25th minute, Arsenal split Tottenham’s goal. Xhaka cut in from just inside the corner of the right box and, seeing the opposite post, fired a shot at goal. It was unfortunate for Tottenham defender Romero, as it bounced off him and into the back of the Tottenham net. Romero was devastated, and Xhaka taunted Tottenham with his trademark “darting serenade” of the “Spurs freshman” Maddison. Romero was credited with an own goal.
Jeju squandered a great chance for a second goal. In the 31st minute, they pressed, stole the ball from Medison in the middle of the Tottenham box and took a quick shot on the counterattack. But it was too strong. The ball sliced through the air.
Tottenham hit the ground running. In the 37th minute, Son Heung-min broke down the right flank and cut the ball back to the other side. Johnson picked it up and fired a low, quick shot that was blocked by a super-save.
Son Heung-min scored the equalizer. In the 42nd minute, he got his foot on a cross from the left by Madison. He broke through three defenders and fired a shot into the back of the net.
The first half ended 1-1.
At the start of the second half, Arsenal took off Rice and Vieira and introduced Jorginho and Kai Havertz.
Arsenal added another goal. Nine minutes into the second half, in the midst of a scramble that stemmed from a corner kick opportunity, White unleashed a surprise left-footed shot. It struck Romero in the arm, and the referee awarded a penalty after video review. Xhaka stepped up to take the spot kick and converted.
Ten minutes into the second half, Tottenham immediately equalized. Arsenal’s substitute Jorginho lost the ball in the middle of the field. Maddison drove the ball into the opposition half and quickly found Son Heung-min on the right. He took advantage of the opportunity, and when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, he slotted it home. It was his fifth goal of the season.
In the 23rd minute of the second half, Son completed his hat trick. He cut in from the right flank and fired a right-footed shot. But the side netting rattled.
Having done his part, Heung-min was subbed off in the 34th minute of the second half to be replaced by Hischalisson. Maddison, who played an ‘express helper’ role, 온라인카지노 was also replaced by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to finish the game.
Both teams pushed hard for the final goal, but it was not to be.