10 Apr Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester Metropolis Match Report, 09/04/2019, UEFA Champions League
Sergio Aguero lacking from the spot proved expensive to Manchester Metropolis, who misplaced 1-Zero at Tottenham within the Champions League.
A second-half strike from Son Heung-min gave Tottenham a 1-Zero win over Manchester Metropolis within the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Sergio Aguero missed a first-half penalty and Harry Kane was compelled off injured earlier than Son’s strike settled the primary European match on the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday.
Metropolis had received all the previous three conferences with Spurs however, with out Bernardo Silva or Kevin De Bruyne within the beginning line-up, they appeared to lack a whole lot of the spark that has saved them on course for an unprecedented quadruple this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s facet had been thwarted by Ederson for a lot of the match, however the Brazil goalkeeper allowed Son’s strike to slip beneath him and go away Metropolis trailing forward of the return leg.
Eleven minutes in, Danny Rose was penalised after a VAR evaluation for blocking Raheem Sterling’s shot together with his arm, however Aguero’s spot-kick was comfortably saved by Hugo Lloris.
The incident appeared to galvanise Spurs, with Kane seeing a shot nicely stopped by Ederson, who additionally denied Rose simply earlier than the break.
Metropolis weren’t fairly at their slickest however Aguero did flash a shot simply previous the right-hand submit, as they continued to look a menace on the counter-attack.
Sterling was denied by Lloris shortly after half-time as the sport grew to become extra frantic, however the environment was moderately quelled an hour in, when Kane needed to be helped down the tunnel after apparently damaging his ankle in a problem with Fabian Delph.
Metropolis all of the sudden appeared within the ascendancy, but it surely was Spurs who discovered the breakthrough 12 minutes from time. Son simply saved Christian Eriksen’s cross from going out for a goal-kick, skipped previous Delph’s problem and noticed a left-foot shot squirm beneath Ederson’s physique.
18 – Son Heung-Min has now scored as many objectives in 40 video games in all competitions this season for Spurs as he managed in 53 appearances in the entire of 2017-18 (18 objectives). Impasse. #TOTMCI pic.twitter.com/9Iq1tcivDp
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 9, 2019
What does it imply? Spurs have the sting however Kane an enormous concern
Most Spurs followers would have taken a 1-Zero win earlier than the match and, given Aguero’s failure from 12 yards and Kane’s harm, this can be a massively commendable end result.
That mentioned, the lack of Kane for the second leg could be a serious blow to their hopes of progressing, and can give them concern within the Premier League as they purpose to complete within the prime 4.
Pep Guardiola shall be pissed off to not have scored at the very least, and he shall be cautious of risking all-out assault within the return leg on the Etihad Stadium out of concern of conceding an away purpose.
Son makes the distinction once more
This was not his most interesting show in a Spurs shirt, however he has not often scored a purpose on a grander stage. He’s quick turning into Pochettino’s final go-to hero.
Sonny’s strike and Hugo’s early penalty cease imply we’ll take a 1-Zero benefit into the second leg in Manchester subsequent week!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 9, 2019
Off-night for Aguero
His tame penalty moderately set the tone for 70 fairly ineffective minutes, by which he solely had 18 touches of the ball.
Key Opta information
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– Spurs have progressed to the subsequent spherical on every of the final 9 events they’ve received the primary leg of a European knockout match (excluding qualifiers).
– Manchester Metropolis have misplaced all 5 of their European matches towards English opposition, together with all three within the Champions League.
– Son Heung-Min has scored as many objectives in 40 video games in all competitions this season for Spurs as he managed in 53 appearances in the entire of 2017-18 (18 objectives).
– Sergio Aguero has missed extra Champions League penalties than another participant since his debut season within the competitors in 2008-09 (4).
– Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has saved all three of the penalties he is confronted in all competitions in 2019.
Spurs host relegated Huddersfield City within the Premier League on Saturday earlier than subsequent week’s second leg. Metropolis head to Crystal Palace on Sunday.