[Goals Highlight] Tottenham Hotspur (5) Vs FK Crvena Zvezda (0)
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scored doubles to ease the pressure on
Mauricio Pochettino and kick-start Tottenham’s Champions League campaign
with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.
Spurs have endured a difficult start to the season, with just one win
in their previous seven games – including a 7-2 European defeat to
Bayern Munich – leading to speculation that Pochettino’s position could
be under threat.
His side made light work of accommodating opponents on Tuesday,
though, as goals from Kane and Son inside the opening 16 minutes gave
them the platform for a first Champions League win of the season.
Son added a third in the 44th minute before Erik Lamela and Kane
scored in the second half to help Spurs move up to second in Group B,
five points behind Bayern.
Spurs started on the front foot and went ahead in the ninth minute,
Kane losing his marker at the near post and glancing Erik Lamela’s
inswinging corner past Milan Borjan.
Lamela was the provider again after 16 minutes, cutting back inside
down the right and picking out Son at the far post, where the South
Korean steered a powerful half-volley high into Borjan’s net.
Borjan then twice prevented Spurs from increasing their advantage
midway through the first half, superbly pawing away efforts from Tanguy
Ndombele and Lamela.
There was little he could do about Spurs’ third shortly before
half-time, however, as Son coolly slotted past the keeper from eight
yards after being played in by Ndombele.
Lamela spurned two glorious chances at the start of the second period
before finally finding the back of the net in the 57th minute. The
27-year-old collected Serge Aurier’s pass inside the area, spun away
from his marker and blazed past Borjan.
The Red Star goalkeeper denied a clean-through Lamela soon after, while Son clipped into his side-netting after a surging run.
Kane got the better of Borjan in the 72nd minute, though, slotting
into his left-hand corner from 10 yards to seal a dominant win that
suggests Pochettino’s players are still fighting for him.