Son is Tottenham’s saviour again as Spurs survive scare to beat Shkendija

Heung-Min Son came to Tottenham’s rescue in the Europa League with his fifth goal in five days.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was given another scare this time in Macedonia before they eventually overcame Shkendija 3-1 to earn themselves a play-off at home to Maccabi Haifa next Thursday.

Son, who scored four goals in Sunday’s win at Southampton, struck again before turning provider for substitute Harry Kane to head home a third goal to secure victory.

Kane and Son have become quite the double act for Spurs as Kane provided all four assists for Son at St Mary’s and his team mate repaid the favour in style.

But it took the deadly duo to bail out Spurs after Dele Alli’s big chance ended in disappointment as he was substituted after an hour to make way for Kane.

Alli was brought in from the cold, had a decent enough game, was unlucky not to score but, when Mourinho needs a goal, then he knows he can always rely on Kane and Son.

They are the tried and trusted, the go-to men and, ultimately, Mourinho was all smiles after yet another long European trip in their crazy fixture schedule.

Last week they were ten minutes from going out to Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria, this time they were more polished and yet their wastefulness in front of goal nearly cost them dear before Kane’s introduction.

It already feels like a long and winding road for Tottenham in the Europa League but now qualification for the Group stages is in sight.

Tottenham were quick out of the blocks, they were ahead inside five minutes and it did not look as if they would have any of the drama of last week.

Steven Bergwijn’s little flick nudged the ball to Son and his first assist of the night found Erik Lamela in acres of space inside the penalty box and the Argentina midfielder slotted home inside the far post.

Tottenham dominated, they were in complete control but, with no Kane on the pitch, they were just not clinical. Toby Alderweireld had a shot charged down while Alli had a shot stopped on the line by a desperate save from Shkendija keeper Kostadin Zahov.

But despite Tottenham failing to make their possession count, they never looked in danger – until the home side produced an absolute world beater with their first shot on target.

Valmir Nafiu just unleashed from 20 yards, Tottenham’s back-up keeper Joe Hart had no chance as the ball rocketed into the top corner for a 54th minute equaliser.

It was no surprise when Mourinho sent for the cavalry as on came Kane and Giovani Lo Celso for Alli and Harry Winks respectively to try and win the game.

Sure enough, Son came to the rescue after 70 minutes as his red-hot goalscoring streak continued. Lucas Moura’s shot was pushed away by Zahov and the ball fell to Son who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Son then provided the left wing cross for Kane to head powerfully home for his third goal of the season and the England captain already looks in unstoppable form.

Shkendija: Zahov 6, Pavic 6, Bejtulai 6, Murati 6, Krivak 6, Nafiu 7 (Ramadani, 85), Dita 6 (Zejnullai, 77), Ahmedi 6, Doriev 6 (Merdjani, 85), Totre 6, Ibraimi 6.

Tottenham: Hart 6, Aurier 6, Alderweireld 6, Sanchez 6, Davies 6, Winks 6 (Lo Celso, 60, 6), Bergwijn 6 (Lucas, 66), Ndombele 7, Lamela 7, Son 8, Alli 6 (Kane, 60, 7).

Man of the match: Son

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