The greater the expectations, the greater the disappointment. Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min (31) took off his mask for the first time after surgery for an orbital fracture and played full-time, recording the most shots, but was unable to overcome the misfortune of conceding the first goal with an own goal by the goalkeeper. To make matters worse, he had the lowest evaluation within the team than goalkeeper Lloris, who changed the game flow, due to the regret of the ‘lack of decision’ that failed to lead to a goal even after recording the most 5 shots among the players of the two teams.

Son Heung-min, who took off his mask completely for the first time after an orbital fracture injury in early November of last year, played Harry Kane in the 2022-23 season English Premier League (EPL) round 20 home game against Arsenal held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the morning of the 16th (Korean time). Together with Dejan Kulusevski, he formed the main attacking triangle, shooting 5 times (1 effective shot) and raising expectations for scoring, but failed to record an attack point and lowered his head in a 0-2 defeat.

Son Heung-min has been wearing a face protective mask while playing and taking it off when he feels stuffy, but this was the first time he did not wear a mask from the start of the game. Son Heung-min participated in the attack with a lively shot, probably because he was freed from the mask, but he did not reach the form of the peak goal sense days, leaving regrets such as not being able to score a goal in a situation facing the goalkeeper.

With this defeat, Tottenham moved further away from the top 4 of the EPL, which is given the right to participate in the UEFA Champions League, and was humiliated by losing twice in a row in the ‘North London Derby’ within a season for the first time in 9 years since the 2013-14 season. Tottenham also lost 1-3 to Arsenal on an away trip in October last year.

Tottenham stayed in 5th place with 10 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses with 33 points, and the gap with Manchester United (12 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses, 38 points) in 4th place, which had 9 consecutive victories in official games, widened to 5 points. Manchester United, which is on the rise by catching Manchester City the previous day, has played one less game than Tottenham. Third place Newcastle United (10 wins, 8 draws, 1 loss, 38 points) also has no defeats with 2 wins and 2 draws in the league resumed after the World Cup in Qatar, so Tottenham’s entry into the top 4 seems to be getting harder and harder.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte’s concern is that even after the injured strikers returned, they failed to score and exposed their air defense anxiety again. Tottenham narrowly drew 2-2 against Brentford in their first post-World Cup match in Qatar before losing 0-2 at Aston Villa on New Year’s Day. They seemed to have succeeded in a turnaround with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, but were again in danger after a complete defeat in the North London Derby.

In particular, the game failed to score even after putting in wing forward Dejan Kulusevski, who had been out of the line due to injury, and Richarlison, a former Brazilian national team player, and goalkeeper Lloris, who recently showed a shaky appearance, ruined the flow of the game with an absurd own goal. is that

In the 14th minute of the first half, Lloris tried to catch Bukayo Saka’s cross from the right side of the penalty box, but missed it and 안전놀이터 scored an own goal, like hitting the ball into the goal. Lloris, who played a ‘horror show’, has been providing excuses for multiple goals this season with uneasy kicks and late judgment, and is acting as the center of Tottenham’s defensive anxiety along with the sluggishness of center back Eric Dier.

Son Heung-min also suffered from missing a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper in the first half. In the 18th minute of the first half, when the score was trailing 0-1, Son Heung-min received a penetrating pass from Ryan Sessegnon and fired a right-footed turning shot, but goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale blocked it. He exquisitely dug into the space behind the opponent’s defense, but the finish was disappointing. If it was the form when he showed his peak sense of goal, he could have aimed more at the corner, but as he tried to be more stable, he was caught by the goalkeeper.

Arsenal took the lead with an own goal by the opposing goalkeeper in the first half and scored an additional goal with Odegard’s mid-range shot in the 36th minute. As for Arsenal’s additional goal, although Odegaard’s low shot was exquisite, it was a mid-range shot from about 25m, and it was a shot that could be expected for goalkeeper Lloris’ save.

After the game, WhoScored.com, a European statistical media, gave Son Heung-min a rating of 5.71, the lowest in the team. It is a lower rating than goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (6,22 points), who scored an own goal. Son Heung-min shot 5 times, including 1 effective shot, and recorded 1 key pass.

The five shots are the most among Tottenham players, and the highest number of shots across both teams, equaling Arsenal’s Eddie Nketia. Harry Kane scored four times and Kulusevski three times. Son Heung-min’s pass success rate was 85.2%. Arsenal’s goalkeeper Ramsdale, who made a huge super save, scored the highest rating of 8.73.

Tottenham will play an away match in the 21st round of the EPL against second-place Manchester City, which Jelling Hollan, the “monster striker” is holding on to, at 5 am on the 20th.

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