Team K-League 3 Tottenham 6: Harry Kane and Son Heung-min score two goals each in thriller as Richarlison makes debut | The Sun

LOCAL HERO Son Heung-Min wowed his thousands of fans with a double in this goal-crazy friendly.

Harry Kane also grabbed a brace and even denied himself a chance of a hat-trick by handing over penalty duties to pal Son on the same pitch where he had thrown up doing shuttle runs two days earlier.

Eric Dier also scored the first of many wonderful goals on a muggy night in the South Korean capital to make for a thrilling opener to Spurs pre-season tour to the Far East.

But there was no doubting who the night belonged to as the 60,000 packed inside the Seoul World Cup Stadium went wild every time Premier League golden boot winner Son got near the ball.

Antonio Conte was without new signings Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma, as well as Ben Davies and Dejan Kulusevski, despite them all travelling.

That made Richarlison the only debutant and it was the £60million man’s clever flick which teed up Brazil pal Moura for the game’s first chance as he fired at the keeper from distance.


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This was a friendly both in the sense that it was an exhibition match but also in the good will from the stands.

At one point, when Cristian Romero landed awkwardly after going up for a header, the lady on the loudspeaker urged spectators to “please give Cristian Romero a big hand”.

Richarlison’s close control produced a great chance for Emerson Royal 14 minutes in but the right wing-back prodded wide. Romero threw his hand up in disgust at the missed opportunity.

That may have been wasteful from a Spurs defender but what Eric Dier produced on the half-hour most certainly was not.

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The 28-year-old, who earlier this week spoke of his desire to reclaim his spot in the England squad in the World Cup, broke the deadlock with the sweetest of strikes.

Picking up the ball midway through the K-League half and encouraged to dribble towards their area, he carried it a fair way before unleashing into the top corner from 20 yard with his weaker left foot.

A drinks break ensued, to help with humidity – which had dropped somewhat after a day of torrential rain – but after that tempers flared on the pitch.

Davinson Sanchez was unhappy with Gue Sung Cho going down easily in the box, later flying in for a challenge on the beefy forward, while Royal was left requiring treatment after receiving tackle himself.

Richarlison then fluffed his chance of a goal on his non-competitive bow as he aimed a free header straight at the keeper.

The hosts then made Spurs' Team A pay just before the break as Gue nodded a superb delivery from the left over Brandon Austin and into the net.


Conte said he was planning to give all players 45 minutes but the absentees meant only Hugo Lloris, Japhet Tanganga, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Pape Matar Sarr, Matt Doherty and Kane came on at the break.

Kane had an instant impact, whether he was expecting it or not, as his speculative low cross was turned in by the unfortunate Hyun.

The man the crowd had all come to see, Son, was then introduced for Royal, sending Moura to right wing-back.

But back came the Korean all-stars, though their second equaliser came through a Dutchman in the form of ex-Nottingham Forest forward Lars Veldwijk.

The bleach-blond forward fired low towards the far corner, with the ball seeming to take a deflection off Sanchez to beat Lloris.

Again, parity did not last long, as Kane belted in from 25 yards.

The England captain then kindly gave the ball to Son when Spurs were awarded a penalty for handball, and the reigning Premier League Golden Boot winner did the honours from the spot.

The goalfest was far from over though as Jun Amano, who had given away the spot-kick, beat Lloris at his near post with a brilliant free-kick.

You do not get too many red cards in friendlies but referee Kim Jonghyeok produced one when Son was hauled down by the last man on the edge of the area.

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Kane helped himself to a second by blasting in the resulting set-piece.

And Son wrapped things up soon after as he rounded the keeper and tapped home before sliding on his knees in celebration in front of his people.

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