Son Heung-min ends two-month goal drought in Tottenham’s loss

March 18, 2016
Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min after scoring during the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min (AP, file)

SEOUL (Yonhap) — South Korean forward Son Heung-min ended his two-month goal drought for Tottenham Hotspur on Friday (Korean time), though he couldn’t save the English club’s elimination at the second-tier European competition.

At the second leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 contest, Son notched a second-half goal against Germany’s Borussia Dortmund when Tottenham were trailing 2-0. However, the English Premier League (EPL) club ended up in a 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane in London and failed to reach the quarterfinals with an aggregate score of 5-1.

While Dortmund already seemed to secure their spot in the final eight thanks to two goals from its Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in the 73rd minute Son stole defender Neven Subotic’s weak back pass and rounded goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to put the ball into an empty net.

This was Son’s sixth goal of the season and his first since Jan. 20 when he scored a winner against EPL leader Leicester City at the English Football Association (FA) Cup. It was also his third goal at the UEFA Europa League.

Son started the match as the top striker, with the Spurs resting their top scorer Harry Kane. The 23-year-old missed out on a couple of chances in the first half to put the English side on the score sheet first, including his right-foot strike in the 41st.

Despite his team’s defeat, Son had another superior performance against Dortmund, currently second in German Bundesliga. The former Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg player now has six goals in his eight meetings against Die Schwarzgelben.