CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Son shines once again as Spurs take vital three points

Heung-Min Son bagged a 71st minute winner in Russia to second Tottenham second in Group E.

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Son shines once again as Spurs take vital three points
Son and Alli celebrate after the final whistle (photo: Dan Mullan / Getty Images)
CSKA Moscow
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Tottenham Hotspur
CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Berezutski (Aleksei 45'), Ignashevich, Schennikov; gOLOVIN, wERNBLOOM; tOSIC (Natcho 72'), Eremenjko, Milanov; Traore.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Alli (Winks 82'); Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Janssen (Nkoudou 67').
SCORE: 0-1. Son 71'.
REFEREE: Antonio Miguel Matueu Lahoz: Booked - Wanyama, Eremenko.
INCIDENTS: Champions League fixture.

Heung-Min Son continued his excellent goalscoring form to hand Tottenham Hotspur a vital 0-1 win away at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

With the deadlock having remained unbroken for over 70 minutes, Son finally got in-behind to open the scoring, albeit through something of an error from goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

The win was mucch neeed for Tottenham after they lost their opening game of the group to AS Monaco, and they're now up to second, just a point behind the French side. 

Pochettino's hand forced by injuries

Having declared a number of players unfit to play on Monday evening, Mauricio Pochettino was forced into something of a re-shuffle, with Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama in a midfield pivot, whilst backup full-back's Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier both started.

The changes didn't seem to matter too much as Spurs made a fairly strong start in Russia, whilst looking to keep their discipline, unlike against Monaco where they conceded two in the first half.

Trippier was looking to be a danger overlapping Erik Lamela down the right hand side, and had right to be disappointed in Vincent Janssen, the Dutchman heading an early Trippier cross off target. 

CSKA looked to strike back, giving Spurs a few nervy moments on the ball before relaxing once more, allowing the Premier League side to dominate possession a little, whilst sitting back and defending stoutly.

Spurs comfortable in first half

Roman Eremenko was a threat down the left hand side, and he forced Hugo Lloris into his first meaninful save of the night by checking back onto his right foot and aiming for the near post, the Frenchman keeping the ball out just minutes before Spurs would go even closer. 

Christian Eriksen couldn't quite keep things under control in the box and saw the ball break loose for Alli who arrived late, hammering a shot off the crossbar as the score remained 0-0. Tottenham then had the ball in the net, Janssen dinking it over Akinfeev, only to correctly be called offside. 

Neither manager would have been too unhappy with the first 45 minutes, but Pochettino knew that three points would have really helped his side, so it wasn't a surprise to see Spurs come out with even more attacking intent at the start of the second half.

Trippier dragged a cross-cum-shot just wide after the restart, whilst Alli skidded a shot over the bar from a Heung-Min Son corner.

Up at the other end, CSKA were still a danger, former Everton man Lacina Traore setting up Zoran Tosic, the winger's first time shot over the bar.

The game had suddenly broken into end-to-end play, with Son curling an effort just wide of Akinfeev's goal before Janssen misfired from a Ben Davies cross following good work from Lamela to find the left-back. 

Son moves forward, and gets his goal

Pochettino eventually made a change, new signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou replacing Janssen, who seemed to be lacking some confidence. That saw Son move into the striking role, a decision that paid off less than five minutes later, the South Korean opening the scoring.

Lamela got the assist, breaking the defensive line to tuck Son in, as the forward placed a low shot past Akinfeev, the goalkeeper getting a slight hand to it, only to see the ball trickle over the line, giving the visitors the lead.

Son wheels away in celebration after scoring (photo: Dan Mullan / Getty Images)
Son wheels away in celebration after scoring (photo: Dan Mullan / Getty Images)

Moscow looked to reply straight away, and there were hearts in Tottenham mouths both when Nkoudou slid dangerously in his own area, and when Eremenko stung Lloris' palms from distance. 

There was a big moment for Harry Winks in the 82nd minute, as he came on for Dele Alli, the youngster making his Champions League debut in a bid to sure up the midfield a little. It worked, as Spurs cruised to victory throughout the remaining minutes, picking up the first win of their European campaign.