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“I don’t think I can win.”
This is the mind of the strong team, the winning mentality. Tottenham players were not satisfied with the last-minute equalizer and burned their will to score a come-from-behind goal for victory.
Tottenham came from behind to win 2-1 at home against Sheffield United in the fifth round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, at 11 p.m. on the 16th (Korea Standard Time).
It was a thrilling reversal drama. Tottenham were losing 0-1 just before the end of the game. Tottenham have struggled quite a bit. He scored the first goal, and Sheffield intentionally dragged the time to exhaust Tottenham players.
But it didn’t collapse. Tottenham scored two goals in extra time in the second half alone to turn the game around. The main characters were Hishalisong and Dejan Kulusevsky.
With 12 minutes of extra time, Hishalisong scored a dramatic equalizer in the 97th minute of the second half. He jumped up from a corner kick and shook the net with a header shot.
Normal situations, average players would have been satisfied with avoiding defeat. But Tottenham’s drama wasn’t over here.
In the 99th minute of the second half, Kulusevsky scored a come-from-behind goal. Kulusevsky, who caught the ball in the penalty box, fired a shot with his right foot, not his left foot, ending the victory.
After the game, Kulusevsky talked about the driving force behind the come-from-behind victory. It was the confidence that I could do it. According to the British Spurs Web, Kulusevsky said, “I was calm. When Hishalisong scored, we knew we wouldn’t lose. The ball came to me and I just did my job. I thought I had to make something good for scoring, and it actually happened,” he reflected.
“I am very happy,” said Kulusevsky. The fans helped us. They didn’t give up, and in the end, they allowed Tottenham to win,” he said, expressing his fans. “Hishalisong is the best player. I like to run with him,” he praised.
On the same day, European statistical media Huskored Dotcom gave Hishalisong a rating of 7.6 and Kulusevsky a highest rating of 8.3.
It was a more thrilling drama as the players who scored shook off the slump. In particular, Brazilian striker Hishalisong was having a hard time. Last year, Hishalisong wore a Tottenham uniform for a record transfer fee of 60 million pounds (about 100 billion won). However, he fell into extreme goal silence. He scored only one goal in 27 league games last season. The scoreless march continued this season. However, he scored an equalizer in this match to lead the team to victory.
Kulusevsky also looked a little disappointing this season, but he smiled broadly after scoring the winning goal from behind.
Meanwhile, ‘Tottenham Captain’ Son Heung-min started and played a total of 80 minutes until he was replaced in the 35th minute of the second half. He played as a front-line striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation. He failed to score an attack point, but he threatened the opponent’s goal with three shots and two effective shots. Pass success rate was 89%. Soccer statistics media Huskored Dotcom gave Son Heung-min a 6.0 rating.
Tottenham also continued its unbeaten streak in the league with four wins and one draw (13 points) this season. It has maintained its second place in the league with four consecutive wins and is competing for the lead with Manchester City (5 wins, 15 points), the No. 1 player in the “strongest” league.