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(LEAD) Tottenham's Son Heung-min ties Premier League career high with 14th goal of season

Sports 08:37 April 12, 2021

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By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min has equaled his career high for goals in a Premier League season.

The South Korean star netted his 14th goal of the campaign in a 3-1 loss to Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday (local time).

In this Associated Press photo, Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur (L) celebrates with teammate Sergio Reguilon after scoring a goal against Manchester United during a Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on April 11, 2021. (Yonhap)

Son's 40th-minute goal, set up by Lucas Moura, put Tottenham ahead 1-0, but Man United rallied with three unanswered goals for the victory.

This was Son's first goal in the league since Feb. 7 against West Bromwich Albion. With 14 goals, Son matched his personal-best total from the 2016-2017 season. Son is tied for fourth in goals with two other players, Patrick Bamford of Leeds United and Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton.

In this Reuters photo, Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur (L) scores past Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson during a Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on April 11, 2021. (Yonhap)

Also in the 2016-2017 season, Son had 21 goals in all competitions to set his European single-season career high. He has 19 goals so far this campaign, including four goals in continental action and one goal in the League Cup.

Through 31 matches, Tottenham remained in seventh place with 49 points.

It was a crushing loss for a club with top-four aspirations, and Son couldn't care less about his goal, saying after the match, "I really wanted to win."

"I am really disappointed this afternoon. I really don't know what to say," Son said in an interview posted on Tottenham's website. "Those supporting us are really, really disappointed. I think they're more disappointed than us. I feel really sorry about it. It's a really sad afternoon."

With eight matches remaining, Tottenham are six points behind West Ham United for fourth place, the last spot to qualify for the group stage of next year's UEFA Champions League.

"We have to get results and wait for other teams to drop points," Son said. "We have to do our best, and we have to take a big responsibility for the rest of the season."

In this EPA photo, Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur (L) battles Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United during a Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on April 11, 2021. (Yonhap)

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