Son inspires Spurs comeback

Son Heung-Min played a starring role for Tottenham as they battled back from a goal down to beat Bournemouth 4-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

  • Bournemouth 1 Tottenham 4
  • Stanislas hits the woodwork early on
  • Cherries lead through Stanislas soon after
  • Alli levels matters before half-time
  • Son brace and Aurier header seals win

Match Summary

Mauricio Pochettino's side made a sluggish start and went behind after just seven minutes when Junior Stanislas fired the Cherries in front.

But Dele Alli restored parity 10 minutes before half-time and Son's brace in the second half put Spurs in control, with Serge Aurier adding gloss to the scoreline at the death.

Full Report

The hosts made a bright start and caught Spurs napping on four minutes when Lewis Cook played Lys Mousset clean through on goal.

The French striker carried the ball for nearly half the length of the pitch before squaring to Stanislas, who lifted it over Hugo Lloris but struck the crossbar.

However, Stanislas made no mistake with his next chance three minutes later as he controlled a cross from the right and drilled a shot into the bottom-left corner of the net from 10 yards out.

The Cherries threatened again on 11 minutes from a corner that Charlie Daniels turned over the bar at the near post, before the visitors had a goal disallowed in the 29th minute.

Christian Eriksen played a delightful ball into the box for Harry Kane to convert with a fine finish, but the striker was flagged for offside and then had to be replaced after Asmir Begovic caught him on the ankle.

The north Londoners started to get a foothold in the contest and levelled matters with their first attempt on target 10 minutes before half-time.

Son released Aurier into space down the right flank and his pin-point cross was slotted home by Alli from seven yards out.

Begovic was called into action for the first time in stoppage time as Eriksen lined up a left-footed shot from 20 yards out that was gathered by the home keeper at the second attempt.

Opposite number Lloris pulled off a superb save two minutes into the second half as he dived to his right to parry Simon Francis' firm strike around the post, and Nathan Ake almost scored from the resulting corner which was headed into him by Aurier, but the ball rebounded over the bar.

Eriksen drew a good save out of Begovic on 57 minutes with an effort from 20 yards out that bounced just in front of the Bosnian, while Dan Gosling dragged a shot wide of the left post from 18 yards out moments later at the other end after being set by Stanislas.

But Spurs hit the front on 63 minutes as Son beat Begovic at the back post with a scuffed shot from Alli's cross on the left. The South Korean was denied a quick-fire second two minutes later when the keeper saved his angled strike at the near post.

Francis was presented with another opportunity on 75 minutes after a cross from the left was cleared into his path, but the defender blazed over from 20 yards out.

However, two late goals secured the comeback win for the visitors. After Cook gave the ball away, Son was released through on goal and he rounded Begovic before tucking home at close range five minutes from time.

Aurier then completed the comeback win in added time as he was left with the simple task of heading into an open net when Begovic parried Kieran Tripper's cross into his path at the back post.