Tottenham loses first leg to Fulham, Son Heung-min substituted
“Son Heung-min late replacement” Tottenham loses the League Cup to Fulham in the first round.
English professional soccer’s Tottenham Hotspur have been knocked out of the first leg of the Carabao Cup by fellow Premier League (EPL) side Fulham, despite introducing ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min as a late substitute.
Tottenham played Fulham 1-1 in regulation time before losing 3-5 on penalties in the second round of the 2023-2024 Carabao Cup at Craven Cottage in London, England, on Tuesday.
Organized by the English Football League (EFL), the Carabao Cup is a competition between teams from England’s top tier, the EPL, and the fourth tier.
After a first round of teams from the second through fourth divisions, the 12 EPL teams not competing in European competition were joined in the second round by Spurs, who were unable to carry over the momentum from their opening three league games (two wins, one draw) into the cup competition.
Tottenham’s captain and centerpiece of the attack, Son Heung-min, came on as a 26th-minute substitute in the second half but was unable to prevent the defeat.
Tottenham, who started with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front, conceded an own goal in the 19th minute.
After breaking down the left flank, Fulham’s Harrison Reid sent a low cross into the center of the box from inside the penalty area, and the ball deflected off the foot of Tottenham defender Micky Vanderpenne, who was trying to clear it, and into the net.
With the score still one goal down, Spurs started the second half with Giovani Rosselso off the bench in favor of Dane Scarlett.
Tottenham equalized in the 11th minute of the second half when Perisic headed home a left-footed cross from the left flank.
With the game still tied at 1-1, Tottenham brought on Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevic, and Pape Sarr in the 26th minute for Michy Batshuayi, Perisic, and Oliver Skipp, and replaced Manor Solomon with James Maddison in the 37th minute in an attempt to break the deadlock, but the game was not settled in 90 minutes.
In the ensuing penalty shootout, after Fulham’s Andreas Pereyra was the first to convert, Son stepped up to the plate for Tottenham and slotted his right-footed shot home.
The second kickers from each side, Raul Jimenez and Kuluczewski, also sent the ball into the net before Fulham’s third, Harry Wilson, converted.
However, Tottenham’s third kicker, Davinson Sanchez, had a shot saved by goalkeeper Marek Rodak, which proved to be the difference.
According to statistical specialist Fourscore.com, Son has a 6.6 rating, the fifth-highest on the team. For Tottenham, Maddison was the highest with a 7.2, while the highest rating for both teams was 8.5 for Fulham flanker Kenny Tetteh.
The 2004-born defender, who joined Brentford’s B team in the EPL ahead of the season, was named on the substitutes’ bench against fourth-tier side Newport County but did not make his first-team debut.
Brentford drew 1-1 with Newport County before winning 3-0 on penalties to progress to the next round.
Hwang’s club, EPL side Wolverhampton, reached the third round with a 5-0 home win over third division side Blackpool.
Hwang started last weekend’s league match against Everton before being substituted due to a muscle injury in the back of his thigh (hamstring) 먹튀검증 and was not included in the roster.