Son makes Manchester City pay for Aguero’s penalty miss
The margin isn’t as large as last season against Liverpool, but Manchester City will once again have to try to pull off a second leg rebound against an English rival in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Son Heung-min, who had already netted Tottenham’s first goal at their new stadium last week, got the main objective of the night in the 78th moment to give his side a lead to take to the Etihad for one week from now’s second leg.
City, though, had been given a wonderful chance in the 13th minute to bag a crucial away goal when Danny Rose was penalised for a handball after a VAR consultation, but Sergio Aguero’s extra shot was parried away by Hugo Lloris.
Harry Kane had Spurs’ best chance of the first half, but it was saved by Ederson and the striker’s night then ended early as he endured a lower leg damage soon after the beginning of the second half.
It seemed that the visitors were keen to avoid a repeat of what happened at Anfield last season, when they were thrashed by three goals, and at one point Pep Guardiola even required his players to quiet down and to focus.
Yet there was a complete lack of concentration 12 minutes from time as City defenders appealed for a goal kick, guaranteeing that the ball had gone too far before Son could control it.
However, the ball hadn’t crossed the line and the South Koran nudged it back to open up a point before crushing a shot beneath Ederson.
There was to be no away goal for Guardiola’s side as Tottenham stood firm in the final stages, acquiring advantage in this all-English tie.