Tottenham came through a stern test from Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League on Wednesday night to win 3-2.
It took only 14 minutes for last season’s Europa League winners to throw a spanner in the works and elicit a sense of unease from the home fans in north London, with talismanic midfielder Daichi Kamada breaking the deadlock to send the travelling Frankfurt fans into raptures.
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However, Antonio Conte has instilled a never-say-die attitude into his players, and that gutsy mentality was on display just five minutes later as Son Heung-min went careering through on goal, collecting an inch-perfect pass from Harry Kane and tucking past Kevin Trapp.
That near-telepathic combination has been the cornerstone of Tottenham’s success in the modern era, and this particular finish ensured that the two have now assisted one another to score 50 times in all competitions. It’s a link-up that just never seems to waver.
50 – Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have now assisted one another to score 50 times for Spurs in all competitions:
43 – Premier League
2 – Champions League
2 – FA Cup
1 – Europa League
1 – Conference League
1 – Europa League qualifying
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 12, 2022
And Spurs were not finished there. Less than 10 minutes later Kane would turn from provider to headline-grabber, converting from the spot in trademark fashion, before Son decided he wasn’t done with the spotlight just yet. And he would reclaim the attention in sumptuous fashion.
An unlikely assist-provider, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sent a lofted ball into the box, and Son uncorked an absolute haymaker of the highest order, marking his brace in some style, and handing Spurs a two-goal advantage to take into the interval. Job done, or so it seemed.
Frankfurt came out after the restart and looked to tip the balance of the contest, but they tipped it firmly in Tottenham’s favour after Tuta picked up a quick-fire double yellow to get sent off. Hopes of a turnaround for the Germans seemed all but lost.
Faride Alidou did manage to bag a consolation three minutes from time, while Kane blazed over the bar from 12 yards to produce a collector’s item penalty miss. Subtlety doesn’t seem to be Tottenham’s style in this competition, but they won’t mind if the points are forthcoming.