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    CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Heung-Min Son goal secures Spurs away victory

    By Alex Easley
    Heung-Min Son's fifth goal in five games secured a tough 1-0 away win over CSKA Moscow.
    Heung-Min Son’s second half strike secured Tottenham a very important and hard earned 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital in their Champions League Group E tie on Tuesday night.

    Spurs, who had lost their opening group fixture to Monaco at home a fortnight ago, were made to wait until the second period at the Arena CSKA but Son popped up with his fifth goal in his fifth appearance of the season to make sure of the three points.

    Dele Alli had struck the bar earlier on as Mauricio Pochettino’s team dominated their hosts, who were largely restricted to efforts from range.

    Tottenham travelled to Moscow without several first-team players, including Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele, and Pochettino made two changes from the side that beat Middlesbrough 2-1 on Saturday, with Kieran Trippier and Erik Lamela coming in.

    The visitors took control from the off, dominating possession and indeed creating the better of the opportunities.

    Alli was unfortunate to see his long-range strike hit the crossbar, while Toby Alderweireld headed straight at Igor Akinfeev and Vincent Janssen had a goal correctly ruled out for offside.

    CSKA Moscow, second best throughout, nearly went in front when former Man Utd winger Zoran Tosic curled over having been given the freedom of the Spurs penalty area.
    Christian Eriksen (middle) battles with two CSKA Moscow players.
    Son, who scored both goals in the win over Boro, grew into the game after the break and only a last-ditch block by Georgi Schennikov prevented him from opening the scoring on 53 minutes.

    Janssen, leading the line in the absence of Kane, then dragged his best opportunity wide and the introduction of Georges-Kevin N'Koudou for the Dutchman proved to be the spark Spurs required.

    They took the lead through Son four minutes after the substitution as the South Korean latched onto Lamela's pass and fired in his third goal in two games.
    Son celebrates putting Spurs 1-0 up in Moscow.
    He had the chance to make it four in two immediately after, but Schennikov again denied the in-form Spurs forward.

    The hosts struggled to make inroads into a Tottenham defence well screened by Victor Wanyama, and a long-range strike by Roman Eremenko was the best they could muster in the closing stages.

    Victory for Pochettino's side gets them up and running in Europe, while they can now turn their attention to a massive clash with Premier League leaders Man City on Sunday.

    The Spurs manager spoke to Spurs TV after the game: "I am delighted. First of all I want to thank the fans who travelled here. The performance was good.

    "The game was tough but we deserved it, we are in the race for the next round. Son is on fire! I am very pleased with him and his goals help the team a lot."


    Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Alli, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Janssen

    Subs Used: N’Koudou, Winks

    CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Berezutski, Ignashevich, Wernbloom, Golovin, Tosic, Eremenko, Milanov, Traore

    Subs Used: Berezutski, Natcho

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Heung-Min Son
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