Son Heung-min (29, Tottenham) scored his second goal in the 2021-2022 season in his 200th English Premier League (EPL) match, leading the team to three consecutive victories and take the lead.
Heung-Min Son started in the 2021-2022 EPL 3rd round home match against Watford at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the 29th, and scored the only goal of the match with a right-footed free kick in the 42nd minute of the first half.
This is Son’s second goal of the season following the EPL 1st round final goal against Manchester City on the 16th.
Son Heung-min rekindled the scoring goal he had taken a break in the second round of the league against Wolverhampton and the second leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off match against Pasus Pereira (Portugal) after the season’s horseman scoring.
In particular, Son Heung-min, who played in the German Bundesliga, wore a Tottenham jersey in August 2015 and entered the EPL in the 2015-2016 season.
Son Heung-min is the first Asian player to appear in 200 games in the EPL. Heung-Min Son has emerged as a leading striker in the EPL by consistently playing in more than 30 games every season, except for 28 games in his first season.
Son Heung-min also showed off his ‘natural enemy’ by scoring 6 goals in 10 EPL clashes against Watford.
According to statistics expert Opta, Watford is the opposing team that Son Heung-min scored the most goals in the league after Southampton (9 goals).
Opta also reported that this goal was Son’s first direct free kick since he wore Tottenham’s jersey.
In addition, Son Heung-min scored three of his latest four goals from outside the penalty area.
Tottenham Hotspur, with Son Heung-min’s performance at the forefront, won 1-0 after defeating Man City and Wolverhampton, and took the lead (9 points) by harvesting the only three consecutive victories among the EPL teams until the third round of this season.
Heung-Min Son, who started with Harry Kane for the first time this season, did not have many chances against Watford, the promotion team who played a dense defense while mainly moving from the right in the beginning.
In the 35th minute of the first half, Sergio Reguilon made a pass with a right footed shot from the left side of the penalty area, but it was missed and missed the left side of the post.
However, Son Heung-min did not miss the free kick situation that came in the 42nd minute of the first half.
Heung-Min Son, who played the kicker in the free kick that Bergwein took from the left flank, aimed directly at the goal with his right foot.
Watford’s keeper Daniel Bachman was not prepared for the exquisite trajectory Heung-Min Son had created, and before Bachman’s hand could reach, the ball bounced in front of the goal and went straight into the right corner.
In the 22nd minute of the second half, Tottenham also had a golden opportunity to score an additional goal during the counterattack process started by Son Heung-min. Deli Ali’s right-footed shot, which received the ball through Kane, missed the left side of the post, leaving a disappointment.
However, Tottenham took the lead by one goal made by Heung-Min Son, and Heung-Min Son was substituted for Brian Hill in the 43rd minute of the second half as the team gradually solidified the victory.
After this match, Son Heung-min will return to Korea and play in the first and second rounds of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Asian final qualifiers against Iraq (September 2) and Lebanon (September 7).