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Son Heung-min makes UEFA Champions League history

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Son Heung-min - UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 2nd Leg - AFP (4)

Manchester: Korea Republic international Son Heung-min has made UEFA Champion League scoring history as he helped send Tottenham Hotspur into the semi-finals of the top European club competition on Wednesday. 

Son grabbed a brace within the first 10 minutes against Manchester City in Spurs' thrilling 4-3 loss in the second leg of the quarter-finals at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Tottenham, having taken the first leg 1-0 at home, still knocked off Man City on away goals in a 4-4 aggregate score and will face Ajax in the semi-finals.

With 12 career goals in the UEFA Champion League, Son is now the top Asian scorer in the tournament history, moving past former Dynamo Kyiv star Maksim Shatskikh of Uzbekistan. Son also scored the lone goal in the first leg victory over Man City.

Son has bagged 20 goals in all competitions this season, just one shy of a career high from the 2016-2017 season.

With 12 goals, 🇰🇷 Son Heungmin surpasses 🇺🇿 Maxim Shatskikh (11) to become the top-scoring Asian in #UCL history 🌏 pic.twitter.com/1fSWEOMUEo

— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) April 17, 2019

In one of the most dramatic matches in UEFA Champions League history, Son scored twice in the space of three minutes early in the first half to give Tottenham a 2-1 lead in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

City hit back to take a 4-2 lead that would have sent them through to the semi-finals.

But Fernando Llorente bundled in Tottenham's decisive late third goal - awarded after a VAR review.

Tottenham still needed another VAR assist before they could celebrate a first UEFA Champions League semi-final berth as Raheem Sterling's goal in the final seconds was ruled out for offside against Sergio Aguero.

Simply, incredible.

⏱️ 04 🔵 1-0 Sterling (1-1)
⏱️ 07 ⚪️ 1-1 Son (1-2)
⏱️ 10 ⚪️ 1-2 Son (1-3)
⏱️ 11 🔵 2-2 B.Silva (2-3)
⏱️ 21 🔵 3-2 Sterling (3-3)
⏱️ 59 🔵 4-2 Aguero (4-3)
⏱️ 73 ⚪️ 4-3 Llorente (4-4) #UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/A9UazdAJoc

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 17, 2019

In total there were five goals in the first 21 minutes - the fastest five goals scored in UEFA Champions League history.

Son admitted his side's stunning success against Manchester City was the craziest match he has ever experienced.

"I have never seen something like this, It was a very tough game, a very crazy game. But we are very proud of our teammates. It was madness," Son said.

"Sometimes you are annoyed with VAR but today it is 'thank you and good decision'.

"We fought together for 90 minutes. We showed unbelievable character and fight."

⚪️ Tottenham = semi-finalists for the 1st time since 1961/62 🎉🎉🎉#UCL pic.twitter.com/APzKVcZhtd

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 17, 2019

Sources: AFP, yonhapnews.co.kr