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    Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Heung-Min Son brace sends Spurs into second

    By Alex Easley
    Heung-Min Son's double in a 2-1 win over Boro saw Spurs rise into second in the league table.
    Heung-Min Son scored twice in the first half as Tottenham beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside on Saturday to continue their unbeaten run and climb to second place in the league table.

    The north London side were without the Golden Boot winner of last season Harry Kane, but that did not lessen the attacking threat in the first 45 minutes of the game.

    Mauricio Pochettino’s men took their foot off the pedal somewhat in the second half, however, and this let an improved Boro side pull a goal back through Ben Gibson.

    The home team could not find a leveller though, and so Spurs are now off to their best start to a Premier League season.

    Dutch striker Vincent Janssen replaced the injured Kane making a good impression, linking will with his midfielders Son, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.

    Newly-promoted Boro have now lost three successive games in a row, but showed character and plenty of fight after the break having been boosted by the introduction of Adama Traore.

    Spurs began the game on the front foot, testing Victor Valdes early on through a long-range effort from Alli.

    From the resulting corner, Eriksen got on the ball following a clearance and played it to Janssen, who then held the ball up well to play in Son and the South Korean cut inside two defenders and fired past Valdes in the Boro net.

    In the 23rd minute Son lost the ball but won it back almost instantly from Antonio Barragan and Cristhian Stuani before curling a superb finish into the top corner to double the visitor’s lead.
    Son scores his and Spurs' second goal of the game.
    The score-line could well have been worse before half-time, as Stuani appeared to bundle Alli over in the box, though the referee waved it away.

    Calum Chambers then lost the ball inside his own area which led to a great chance for Alli again, however he fired over from close-range.

    Spurs initially held their momentum early in the second half, but their build-up play was a little more laboured and lacked an end product.

    The speedy Traore was brought on at the hour mark and brought Boro fans to their feet with a brilliant run, leaving Spurs players in his wake before failing to pick out fellow substitute Jordan Rhodes.

    Boro finally got back into the game when Stewart Downing sent over a lovely free-kick from the left, which allowed Gibson to rise above Sissoko and score with a downward header that bounced into the corner past Hugo Lloris.

    Downing produced another excellent cross 10 minutes later, but Rhodes could only direct his header straight at Lloris, and the Boro comeback bid ran out of steam somewhat after that, sub Adam Forshaw volleying a tricky late chance wide of the target.

    TEAM LINE-UPS

    Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Friend, Gibson, Chambers, Stuani, Clayton, Ramirez, De Roon, Downing, Negredo

    Subs: Traore, Rhodes, Forshaw

    Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Eriksen, Son, Alli, Sissoko, Wanyama, Janssen

    Subs: Lamela, Winks, Nkoudou

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Heung-Min Son
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