Son Heung min scored in the last Spurs match before the Asian Cup

Son Heung min scored in the last Spurs match before the Asian Cup
Son Heung min scored in the last Spurs match
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, right, celebrates with Tottenham’s Richarlison after scoring the second goal for his team during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on December 31. AP-Yonhap

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Tottenham Hotspur skipper Son Heung-min scored on New Year’s Eve in his final match for the Premier League club before reporting for international duty this week.

Son scored Spurs’ second goal in the 71st minute of their 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday (local time).

With Giovani Lo Celso providing the assist through the ball, Son found the bottom right corner with his left-footed shot for his 12th goal of the campaign.

For his efforts he was chosen man of the match.

Son moved into a three-way tie for second place in the race for the Golden Boot, with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke also on 12 goals. Reigning Golden Boot winner Manchester City’s Erling Haaland leads the way with 14 goals, but the Norwegian star has not played since December 6 due to a foot injury.

After scoring 10 goals and six assists in 36 games last season, Son has 12 goals and five assists in 20 games this season. However, just as Spurs have recovered from a difficult period under Son, the Premier League club will be without their top scorer for at least a month starting this week.

Tokyo Olympics captain Son Heung-min scored on New Year’s Eve in his final match for the Premier League club before reporting for international duty this week.

Son scored Spurs’ second goal in the 71st minute of their 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday (local time).

With Giovanny Lo Celso providing the assist with a through ball, Son found the bottom right corner with his left-footed shot for his 12th goal of the campaign.

He was voted man of the match for his effort.

Son moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Golden Boot race, with Mohammad Salah of Liverpool and Dominic Solanke of Bournemouth also at 12 goals. Erling Haaland of Manchester City, the reigning Golden Boot winner, leads the way with 14 goals, but the Norwegian star hasn’t played since December. 6 due to a foot injury.

Son has 12 goals and five assists in 20 matches this season, after managing 10 goals and six assists in 36 games last season. However, just as Spurs have shaken off a rough patch with Son leading the way, the Premier League club will be without their top scorer for at least a month beginning this week.

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Tottenham’s Son Heung-min scores his team’s second goal from behind during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on December 31. AP-Yonhap

He is scheduled to join the Korean national team in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday for a training camp ahead of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. The continental tournament begins on January 12 in Qatar and Korea’s first Group E match will be against Bahrain on January 15.

Korea’s last group stage match is against Malaysia on January 25, and if they win the group as expected, the round of 16 match will take place on January 31.

The final is scheduled for 10 February.

Son, who is also the national team captain, will try to lead the Taeguk Warriors to their first Asian Cup title since 1960.

After going without a win in five matches, Spurs have now won four of their last five matches. In the last few matches, Son has scored three goals and registered three assists.

Tottenham are fifth in the league with 39 points, one point behind their north London rivals Arsenal. Man City also has 40 points, but have played 19 matches, which is one less than Arsenal and Tottenham. (Yonhap)

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Son Heung-min of Tottenham celebrates after scoring the second goal for his team during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on December 31. AP-Yonhap

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