Champions League - Group B
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Red Star Belgrade 0-4 Tottenham: Son Heung-min scores twice for Spurs

Son Heung-min
Son has five goals in four Champions League appearances this season

Son Heung-min scored twice following a difficult few days to take Tottenham towards the Champions League knockout stages by thrashing Red Star Belgrade.

Spurs lie second in Group B, four points clear of Red Star in third, knowing one victory from their final two games will ensure progression to the last 16.

Forward Son, who was left "devastated" by his foul that led to a horrific ankle injury for Everton's Andre Gomes on Sunday, netted twice in the second half, lashing home a finish from an angle and tapping in from close range.

The South Korean did not celebrate his first goal; instead he clasped his hands and bowed his head.

Mauricio Pochettino's side went ahead in the first half courtesy of the impressive Giovani Lo Celso, who clipped home a finish on his first start for the club following an almighty goalmouth scramble in which Spurs hit the post and bar. Christian Eriksen added a fourth late on.

Red Star had chances of their own but could not find a way past Paulo Gazzaniga, with the Spurs goalkeeper saving sharply off Milan Pavkov and Rajiv van La Parra.

It was Spurs' first away win since their thrilling Champions League semi-final comeback against Ajax last season.

Son on song for Spurs

Son Heung-min
Son was subdued after scoring his first goal

Tottenham's overall form this season has been poor, losing four of their 11 matches in the Premier League and suffering a 7-2 humiliation at home by Bayern Munich.

But the north Londoners have recovered from that demolition in outstanding fashion, scoring nine goals in back-to-back games against Red Star.

Their victory in Belgrade was all the more impressive as the home side tend to provide a stern examination for the visitors, losing just twice in their previous 21 games in Europe at the Rajko Mitic Stadium, including an impressive victory over eventual winners Liverpool last season.

Son was sent off for tripping Gomes in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday and was visibly distraught by the injury but Pochettino said he was "in a very good way" to play and his two goals showed it.

For the first, he received a pass inside the area from Dele Alli, worked it onto his left foot and smashed a finish into the roof of the net. With the events of Sunday still on his mind, Son opted to remain subdued.

His second finished off a neat team move, converting from close range following Danny Rose's low cross to the back post.

Midfielder Eriksen came off the bench to round off an excellent night for Spurs by deftly clipping in with five minutes remaining.

Lo Celso displays his potential

Argentine midfielder Lo Celso joined Spurs on loan - with an option to buy - from Real Betis on transfer deadline day in August, but has been restricted to six substitute appearances having struggled with a hip problem.

In Serbia, he showed a glimpse of his potential with an all-round, energetic performance, seemingly shaking of his early season injury issues.

During his 86 minutes on the pitch, Lo Celso touched the ball more times (102) and made more tackles (five) than any other player on the pitch, while he won the ball back eight times. He made 79 passes with an accuracy of 90%.

The former Paris St-Germain player finished off the opening goal well, taking a touch and stroking in from six yards out but not before an incredibly chaotic period of play.

Lo Celso had slipped Harry Kane through on the goal and the skipper toe-poked his effort against the post, while Son saw his follow-up cleared off the goalline.

The Red Star defenders failed to clear and the ball eventually reached Kane again at the back post, but his volley across goal was somehow diverted onto the crossbar by Son from a yard out.

Again Red Star were unable to get the ball to safety, allowing Lo Celso to claim his first goal for Tottenham.

We need to keep going - Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told BT Sport: "We are happy for the performance of the team. It is a very difficult place and we spoke a lot before the game about Liverpool, PSG and Napoli not winning here, but the team was fantastic.

"We controlled the game after we scored and we were much better. We have a big squad and when you have plenty of options you have problems too because someone is happy and someone is not.

"This season is different to the previous season and now we need to keep going. It is only a game and we need to add three more points to qualify but it is a good feeling after Everton."

Man of the match - Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Son Heung-min
Son provided plenty of attacking threat and could have claimed a hat-trick

Spurs' scoring run - the stats

  • Tottenham's victory was their first away win in any competition in nine games this season (D5 L3).
  • Red Star Belgrade have suffered their heaviest home defeat in their European Cup/Champions League history.
  • Tottenham have become the first English team to beat Red Star away from home in a Champions League/European Cup tie.
  • Red Star have conceded more goals than any other side after four rounds of matches in this season's Champions League (13).
  • Tottenham have now scored in each of their past 13 Champions League away games - only Chelsea (13 between March 2000 and April 2005) can match such a run among English sides in the competition.
  • Giovani Lo Celso scored his sixth goal in his past eight appearances across the Europa League/Champions League.

Line-ups

Red Star Belgrade

  • 82Borjan
  • 77GobeljicSubstituted forRibeiro Santanaat 45'minutes
  • 19Milunovic
  • 5Degenek
  • 23Rodic
  • 20PetrovicBooked at 65mins
  • 29JovancicSubstituted forCañasat 62'minutes
  • 11GarcíaSubstituted forBoakyeat 68'minutes
  • 10Marin
  • 91van La Parra
  • 9PavkovSubstituted forat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Popovic
  • 6Pankov
  • 7Vulic
  • 14Boakye
  • 18Ribeiro Santana
  • 21Simic
  • 87Cañas

Tottenham

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 21Foyth
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 15DierBooked at 30mins
  • 3Rose
  • 17Sissoko
  • 28Ndombele
  • 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forSkippat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20AlliSubstituted forEriksenat 62'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 75'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 4Alderweireld
  • 13Vorm
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 23Eriksen
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 29Skipp
  • 33Davies
Referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande
Attendance:
42,381

Match Stats

Home TeamRed Star BelgradeAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home5
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Crvena Zvezda 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crvena Zvezda 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

Booking

Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur).

Richmond Boakye (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur).

Nemanja Milunovic (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jander (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Rajiv van La Parra (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Oliver Skipp replaces Giovani Lo Celso.

Goal!

Goal! Crvena Zvezda 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Richmond Boakye (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Milan Pavkov went off injured after Crvena Zvezda had used all subs.

Attempt missed. Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Son Heung-Min.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jander (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Njegos Petrovic (Crvena Zvezda).

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by José Cañas (Crvena Zvezda).

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

Foul by Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur).

Nemanja Milunovic (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Corner, Crvena Zvezda. Conceded by Giovani Lo Celso.

Attempt blocked. Marko Marin (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Richmond Boakye replaces Mateo García.

Foul by Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur).

Marko Marin (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Milan Pavkov (Crvena Zvezda).

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside.

Booking

Njegos Petrovic (Crvena Zvezda) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Njegos Petrovic (Crvena Zvezda).

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG44001001012
2Real Madrid42119547
3Club Bruges402228-62
4Galatasaray401308-81

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich44001541112
2Tottenham421113947
3Red Star Belgrade4103313-103
4Olympiakos4013510-51

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City4310112910
2Shakhtar Donetsk412179-25
3Dinamo Zagreb41219725
4Atalanta4013312-91

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus431094510
2Atl Madrid42116427
3Lokomotiv Moscow410347-33
4B Leverkusen410337-43

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool430110739
2Napoli42206338
3RB Salzburg4112121024
4KRC Genk4013412-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona42204228
2B Dortmund42115417
3Inter Milan41126604
4Slavia Prague402225-32

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig43016429
2Lyon42117437
3Zenit St Petersburg411256-14
4Benfica410359-43

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax421110557
2Chelsea42117617
3Valencia42116517
4Lille4013310-71
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