Son scores three as Tottenham trash Villa to leapfrog Arsenal
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Son scores three as Tottenham trash Villa to leapfrog Arsenal

Kulusevski, Kane shine as Spurs win at Villa Park

Heung-Min Son scored three, Dejan Kulusevski scored one and assisted one while Harry Kane assisted two goals to help Tottenham Hotspur to a 4-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.

The South Korean forward continued from where he left it off last week against Newcastle where he scored and assisted one goal in Tottenham’s 5-1 win.

Boosted by Arsenal’s earlier defeat to Brighton, Tottenham moved three points past their north London rivals after a clinical second-half effort at Villa Park showed Antonio Conte’s team at their best.

All the momentum, for now, is with Spurs, and they led from the third minute when Son fired in off the left post.

Harry Kane helped to create the second for Dejan Kulusevski and also set up Son to stretch the visitors’ lead to 3-0, before Kulusevski fed Son to fire in his third of the game.

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Tottenham snatched a fortuitous lead when a wayward Kane strike hit Villa defender Matty Cash and bounced kindly to Son, whose finish off the left upright was exquisite.

Jacob Ramsey went close to an equalizer after waltzing through the Spurs defence and forcing Hugo Lloris to save well. Lloris pushed away a long-range effort from John McGinn before Danny Ings failed to make a firm connection on a volley.

Ings then missed Villa’s clearest opening of the first half when he bundled wide after Ollie Watkins headed Ramsey’s cross into his path.

Villa were to pay for those misses in the second half, with Kulusevski doubling Tottenham’s lead with a classy strike across Emiliano Martinez after a headed assist from Kane.

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Son made it 3-0 in the 67th minute, with Kane nodding Cristian Romero’s long pass into the path of the forward, who made no mistake after running beyond the Villa defence.

The hat-trick strike came in the 72nd minute when Son played the ball to Kulusevski on the right before making his way infield and finding space just behind the penalty spot to sweep in.

Tottenham were so rampant that Ashley Young resorted to hacking down Kane with a late challenge, leaving the England striker hobbling. Young was booked, as was Kane for a lunge at Leon Bailey in the closing moments, a rare misstep.

The win puts Tottenham in the 4th place three more points than Arsenal who have played one game less than their North London rivals.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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