Tottenham 5-0 Red Star Belgrade: Harry Kane & Son Heung-min goals earn first Group B win

Son Heung-min

Tottenham Hotspur finally kick-started their Champions League campaign in style by overwhelming Red Star Belgrade.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side needed to produce a response after they were thrashed 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich in their last Group B game and after losing a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the opening round of matches.

And they secured their first win in emphatic fashion as an early header from Harry Kane and two smart finishes from Son Heung-min gave them a three-goal advantage by half-time.

Red Star, who were backed by a large group of fans despite Uefa restrictions imposed after incidents of racism at a qualifier against HJK Helsinki in July, had no answer as Erik Lamela scored a fourth and Kane added another.

It was a performance and a scoreline to give Pochettino and Spurs a much-needed injection of confidence after their indifferent start to the season, and before Sunday’s daunting visit to Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Perfect platform for Pochettino and Spurs

Pochettino would have gratefully accepted any sort of good news after their recent miserable run that comprised that record loss to Bayern here in the Champions League, a heavy defeat at Brighton and a fortunate draw at home to struggling Watford last weekend.

This, then, was exactly what he was hoping for as Spurs put their troubles behind them to dominate a timid Red Star and get themselves right back into their group.

Spurs, as they actually did before being swamped by Bayern, started with real intensity and quality and on this occasion were helped by opponents who had neither the resources to resist nor the firepower to offer any serious threat.

This was effectively the ideal environment for Spurs to at least banish some of their troubles and play themselves back into the form that has made them a permanent presence in the upper reaches of the Premier League in recent seasons and Champions League finalists last term.

The talent remains within this Spurs side, as exemplified by Son and Kane, but they have needed something to re-ignite the spark that took them so far last season.

Time will tell if this victory provides it as the mediocre standard of the opposition must put the win in context – but it at least provides Spurs and Pochettino with some sort of platform.

Son the catalyst & Lamela shines

Pochettino restored Son and Lamela to the starting line-up after the poor performance against Watford on Saturday and was richly rewarded by both.

South Korean Son is a high-class performer who is at home on the elite stage and he was the catalyst for this vastly-improved performance, setting the tone from the first whistle with his direct approach.

He was also a constant threat, scoring at the far post after Kane had put Spurs ahead and stroking in a calm finish for the third that effectively ended this as a contest right on half-time.

Lamela also got in on the act, sending in the corner for Kane and creating the second for Son with a fine turn and cross before putting himself on the scoresheet with a left-footed drive.

Pochettino will be looking for vital signs in all areas of the Spurs team as he tries to drag this talented squad out of the doldrums and this pair delivered in style for their manager.

What next for Eriksen?

Christian Eriksen may have been struggling with a dead leg recently but how significant is it that he was on the bench here?

The Dane’s future at Spurs looks anything but long-term and they did not miss him as Dele Alli did a hard-working stint between a deeper and more advance role that earned him a huge ovation when he was substituted late on.

Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele provided plenty of energy and power and it is clear Eriksen, so influential for so long, must fight his way back into contention for however long he remains at the club.

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

Son Heung-min

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 24Aurier
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 5VertonghenSubstituted forFoythat 73′minutes
  • 33Davies
  • 17Sissoko
  • 28Ndombele
  • 11Lamela
  • 20AlliSubstituted forLo Celsoat 79′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forDierat 68′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 8Winks
  • 15Dier
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 21Foyth
  • 23Eriksen
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 49Austin

Red Star Belgrade

  • 82Borjan
  • 77Gobeljic
  • 19MilunovicBooked at 83mins
  • 5Degenek
  • 23Rodic
  • 87CañasSubstituted forPetrovicat 62′minutes
  • 7Vulic
  • 11García
  • 10Marin
  • 91van La ParraSubstituted forVukanovicat 82′minutes
  • 17Fernandes MendesSubstituted forPavkovat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Popovic
  • 8Ivanic
  • 9Pavkov
  • 15Babic
  • 18Ribeiro Santana
  • 20Petrovic
  • 92Vukanovic
Referee:
Marco Guida
Attendance:
51,743

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamRed Star Belgrade
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home19
Away13
Shots on Target
Home12
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Crvena Zvezda 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Crvena Zvezda 0.

Attempt missed. Nemanja Milunovic (Crvena Zvezda) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marko Marin with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crvena Zvezda. Conceded by Davinson Sánchez.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Milan Borjan.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Attempt missed. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Booking

Nemanja Milunovic (Crvena Zvezda) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nemanja Milunovic (Crvena Zvezda).

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Aleksa Vukanovic replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marko Gobeljic (Crvena Zvezda).

Attempt missed. Milan Pavkov (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marko Marin.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Giovani Lo Celso replaces Dele Alli.

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

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

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tanguy Ndombele.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Juan Foyth replaces Jan Vertonghen.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 5, Crvena Zvezda 0. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tanguy Ndombele with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Marko Marin (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Marko Marin (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Milan Rodic.

Offside, Crvena Zvezda. Milan Rodic tries a through ball, but Milan Pavkov is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Eric Dier replaces Son Heung-Min.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross.

Attempt saved. Mateo García (Crvena Zvezda) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Marko Marin.

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Milan Pavkov replaces Tomané.

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Njegos Petrovic replaces José Cañas.

Foul by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Rajiv van La Parra (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dele Alli with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Crvena Zvezda 0. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Serge Aurier.

Attempt saved. Marko Gobeljic (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rajiv van La Parra with a cross.

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Serge Aurier.

Offside, Crvena Zvezda. Rajiv van La Parra tries a through ball, but Marko Gobeljic is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Harry Kane with a cross.

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