Tottenham took a big step towards the Champions League knockout stages after a much-needed 3-2 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt. Following an early setback through a Daichi Kamada opener, Spurs turned things around as a brace from Son Heung-min and a Harry Kane penalty gave them a healthy advantage before half-time.
Frankfurt’s night got even worse in the second period as defender Tuta was sent off for two bookable offences, but they got one back as substitue Faride Alidou headed home from a corner to offer hope.
Spurs had the chance to put the game to bed once and for all as Bryan Gil was tripped in the box late on, but Kane, so usually clinical from the spot, blazed over. Nevertheless, Spurs held on to claim a big victory.
Express Sport has picked out four Spurs stars who particularly impressed on the night…
It’s official: Son is back. The South Korean was at his menacing best today, scoring two and causing constant trouble to the Frankfurt backline. The German side just couldn’t deal with him, as evidenced when Tuta’s frustrations got the better of him, hauling Son down to deservedly earn his second yellow card.
The highlight of the night was Son’s sweetly-struck volley, and his finishing has to be up there with the very best in the world, even when his first touch occasionally deserts him.
A true superstar.
What is there left to say about Kane? Almost every time he got the ball tonight it looked like he was going to make something happen, and his brilliant weight of pass for Son’s opener followed by his tremendous mazy run into the box to win a penalty for the second displayed everything good about his game.
When he plays this well there is almost nothing that any opponent in the world can do to stop him, and Spurs and England fans alike will just be hoping he can keep it up as long as possible – although some shine was taken off his evening following a penalty hit over the bar in injury time.
Regardless of that, he was, as ever, a real privilege to watch.
Hojberg has become an underrated attacking threat in recent weeks, adding assists and goals to a game which was previously mainly focused on defensive solidity and tidy passing. The Dane picked out a pinpoint cross from the right wing to find Son for his second, and looked threatening going forward, while also putting in a good shift breaking Frankfurt’s attacks up.
He may not grab the headlines often, but Hojbjerg has to be a contender for Spurs’ player of the season so far
Lenglet is not always a guaranteed starter for Spurs, but he is starting to quietly show why he was a highly valuable addition to the squad over the summer. The experienced Frenchman was a constant calming presence on the left side of the back-three, and showed some silky touches that may have reminded Spurs fans of a former hero in Jan Vertonghen.
Over the course of a gruelling season, Lenglet’s winning mentality and ease on the ball could prove invaluable, and his season-long loan is beginning to look like an incredibly smart bit of business.