The goals that made Sonny’s Spurs century
Thu 07 January 2021, 17:00|Tottenham Hotspur
Heung-Min Son reached a major milestone in his Spurs career in Saturday's 3-0 win over Leeds United as he scored his 100th goal for the Club.
Caressing home the ball from Harry Kane's cross on 43 minutes against the Whites, Sonny just the 18th player in our 138-year history to reach the goalscoring landmark.
Now in his sixth season with us, the South Korean international has gone from strength to strength in north London since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015. It may have been a slow start to life in N17 for our number seven, but once he found his feet in English football, he hasn’t looked back as his hard work and humility, not to mention his considerable natural ability, has continually propelled him to new heights and made him one of the standout talents in European football.
This season he has been scoring like there is no tomorrow, thanks in part to his creative partner in crime Harry Kane, who of course was again on hand to provide the assist for Sonny's century goal. In Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup win over Brentford, the South Korean added goal number 101. So far this term, he already has 16 goals to his name - just two fewer than the totals he managed in each of the last two seasons (18 in both 2018/19 and 2019/20), and we are not yet halfway through the campaign.
Here’s a look back at some of the key goals that made up his 100 strikes for Spurs.
First Spurs goal
17 September, 2015 - Spurs 3-1 Qarabag - UEFA Europa League
Having made his debut for the Club away at Sunderland in the Premier League just four days earlier, Heung-Min Son opened his goalscoring account for us as we embarked on our Europa League campaign against Qarabag. Coming in his first appearance at White Hart Lane, Sonny found the leveller in the game as he cancelled out the visitor's early opener on 28 minutes, pouncing to convert Andros Townsend’s corner at close range. He then followed up that maiden strike with a second just two minutes later as he slotted home Dele’s cut back. Erik Lamela wrapped up the three points with just four minutes remaining, dinking the ball home from just inside the box.
First goal in English football
20 September, 2015 - Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace - Premier League
Three days later, Sonny was back in action at the Lane as he made his first Premier League appearance at our former home and, once again, he was on target, bagging the winner in a tightly fought affair with Crystal Palace. It was our first home win of the season in the league and it took a moment of quality to secure it. Bursting into a counter attack engineered by Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, our South Korean star was set away into the box before he fired the ball through Alex McCarthy’s legs and in to make it three goals for him in just two games.
Vicarage Road flick
28 December, 2015 - Watford 1-2 Spurs - Premier League
Despite that bright start to life as a Spur, Sonny would have to wait over three months for his next league goal for the Club, but it was a crafty strike that came just when we needed it most. We were up against an impressive Watford side, who had made an encouraging start to their Premier League return, and the game was all square when Son was introduced from the bench on 68 minutes with Erik Lamela’s opener having been cancelled out by Odion Ighalo. Yet with just a minute remaining, our number seven came up with that all-important winning goal as he cleverly flicked the ball home with his heel right in front of an away end packed with the Spurs faithful.
The Boro brace
24 September, 2016 - Middlesbrough 1-2 Spurs - Premier League
Sonny once again proved to be the match winner for us against a newly-promoted side in the Premier League as he bagged a golden brace against Middlesbrough in September, 2016. He had opened the scoring in the clash with just seven minutes on the clock as he nipped into the box and shifted past two defenders before slotting home past Victor Valdes. He doubled our advantage 16 minutes later as he twisted and turned in the box before unleashing a rasping drive that curled into the far corner of the net. Boro did pull one back through Ben Gibson midway through the second half but it would be Son’s day on Teeside.
First Spurs Champions League goal
27 September, 2016 - CSKA Moscow 0-1 Spurs - UEFA Champions League
After a five-year absence from European club football’s elite competition, Sonny came up with the winner to earn our first victory following our return to the Champions League in 2016. Coming in our second game of the group stage away to CSKA Moscow, the South Korean’s strike on 72 minutes proved to be the difference between the two sides as it squirmed through the hands of CSKA stalwart custodian Igor Akinfeev. It was Son’s fourth career goal in the competition, the third of which had coincidentally come in Russia, having scored twice away at Zenit St Petersburg in 2014/15 for Bayer Leverkusen.
First Spurs hat-trick
12 March, 2017 - Spurs 6-0 Millwall - FA Cup
Sonny had a hand in four goals, including dispatching three himself as we made it through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 6-0 London derby win over Millwall. Christian Eriksen had started the scoring in the clash before Sonny opened his account for the afternoon, brilliantly curling in from just inside the box. His second was perhaps even better than his first as he volleyed home Kieran Trippier’s raking pass from close range to extend our lead. Dele made it four on 72 minutes, Son then set up Vincent Janssen for our fifth seven minutes later before wrapping up his hat-trick in injury time as young goalkeeper Tom King spilled the South Korean international’s volley through his legs, sending the ball over the line.
25th Spurs goal
8 April, 2017 - Spurs 4-0 Watford - Premier League
Just before the second anniversary of his 2015 arrival in north London, Sonny reached 25 Spurs goals. Dele got us underway, bending the ball expertly into the far corner before Eric Dier thumped the ball home for two on 39 minutes. Sonny then got in on the act. First, he fired home his 25th in our colours aptly from 25-yards to make it three on the stroke of half-time before grabbing his second and our fourth of the game as he volleyed home Kieran Trippier’s cross nine minutes into the second period.
4 January, 2018 - Spurs 1-1 West Ham - Premier League
Perhaps one of Sonny’s most audacious of strikes in our colours came in January, 2018, as the South Korean unleashed a piledriver at Wembley against West Ham. In a game where the Hammers had taken the lead with a stunning long-range effort of their own from Pedro Obiang, it was a case of ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ for Son. With us struggling to breakdown a resilient defence and just six minutes remaining to get ourselves back on terms, our number seven took it upon himself to produce the much-needed moment of magic. Picking the ball up around 35-yards from goal, he took just two touches to set himself before wrapping his right boot around it, sending it swerving and swirling into the back of the net. So sweet and clean a strike, you knew it was destined for the goal - Serge Aurier was even sighted celebrating it from the moment the ball was hit.
50th goal - Wembley wizardry against the Blues
24 November, 2018 - Spurs 3-1 Chelsea - Premier League
Sonny marked his half-century of goals for the Club with a strike that will live long in the memory of Spurs fans. Not only did it come in a comprehensive Premier League victory over London rivals Chelsea, but it also came in such mesmerising fashion. Early strikes from Dele and Harry Kane had already put us two ahead against the Blues by the time Son got in on the act but the South Korean had saved the best for last. Picking the ball up just inside Chelsea’s half, the dynamic forward burst at speed down the right, tied Jorginho and David Luiz in knots before keeping his composure to slot home and send Wembley into delirium.
A Borussia belter
13 February, 2019 - Spurs 3-0 Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League
Heung-Min Son loves a goal against Borussia Dortmund! In his last 11 games against Die Schwarzgelben he has nine goals, but perhaps his best against the Bundesliga outfit came in our Champions League Round of 16 meeting at Wembley in February, 2019. Opening his account in Europe for the season, Sonny set us on our way to another magnificent night in European football’s elite club competition. Picked out with a peach of a cross by Jan Vertonghen, who produced an imperious performance from left-back, Son volleyed home, cushioning the ball into the top left-hand corner of the net. Vertonghen then lashed home a volley of his own from close range to make it two before Fernando Llorente completed the victory with a third in the final minutes.
History at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
3 April, 2019 - Spurs 2-0 Crystal Palace - Premier League
If Heung-Min Son hadn’t already nailed his place in Spurs history during his first four years at the Club, he certainly did when he scored the first ever goal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in April, 2019. Coming in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Sonny demonstrated his class on the ball to twist and turn in and around the Palace defence before firing the ball into the back of the net for the first time at our new home. Christian Eriksen later made it 2-0 to wrap up a memorable opening night victory.
First European goal at the new stadium
9 April, 2019 - Spurs 1-0 Manchester City - UEFA Champions League
Just six days later, Sonny made more history at our new home as he delivered Tottenham Hotspur Stadium's first-ever European goal. Coming against domestic rivals Manchester City in the first leg our UEFA Champions League quarter final tie, it had been a tightly contested affair in north London. Hugo Lloris had prevented the Citizens taking the lead from the penalty spot in the early stages when he saved magnificently from Sergio Aguero but from that pivotal moment, it felt like it might just be our night. And, it was, as with just 12 minutes to go, our number seven once again showed his brilliance in the box as he danced around the defence before firing in low underneath Ederson.
A brace on that night at the Etihad
17 April, 2019 - Manchester City 4-3 Spurs - UEFA Champions League
In what was a purple patch of form in front of goal for Heung-Min Son, he had his shooting boots on once again as we headed to the north west for the second leg of our quarter-final tie with City - and what an unforgettable night it was at the Etihad. Going into the tie, we had a 1-0 lead on aggregate thanks to Sonny’s first-leg strike but, within just four minutes of the first whistle in Manchester, the hosts had levelled through Raheem Sterling. Yet, just three minutes later, Son had us back in front on aggregate, once again firing underneath Ederson before he then got his second of the night and his third of the tie on 10 minutes as he curled home spectacularly to put us in dreamland.
City did fight back though and went on to score the next three goals in the game, however, Fernando Llorente then scored with 17 minutes left on the clock to help us regain control of the tie. The drama was not over there either though as in injury time, City thought they had won it as Sterling struck once more yet, a final twist remained as a VAR review spotted an offside and disallowed the goal to give us victory and a place in the competition’s semi-final.
The Puskas-winning goal
7 December, 2019 - Spurs 5-0 Burnley - Premier League
You will never tire of seeing Heung-Min Son’s goal against Burnley in December, 2019. The goal which won him the coveted FIFA Puskas Award just last month, as well the Premier League’s Goal of the Season, BBC Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season and our Goal of the Season, all for the 2019/20 campaign, and our ‘Goal of the Decade' for 2010-2019 - it was quite the strike. Picking up the ball on the edge of the box, the South Korean international ran almost 80 yards with it, left six Burnley players in his wake before coolly slotting home past Nick Pope.
50th Premier League goal
16 February, 2020 - Aston Villa 2-3 Spurs - Premier League
We came from behind to win 3-2 away at Aston Villa in dramatic fashion last season as Heung-Min Son scored his 50th Premier League goal for the Club. Villa had gone in front in the early stages through a Toby Alderweireld own goal, but the defender made amends later in the first half as he rattled the ball in at the opposite end with a superb strike on 27 minutes. Our number seven then reached his half-century on the stroke of half-time as he slotted home the rebound from his initially saved penalty, putting us in front for the first time. The hosts battled back though and equalised just the other side of the break yet, it was to be our day in Birmingham as in injury time, Sonny broke away down the left before rolling home the winner to give us all three points.
Quadruple at St Mary’s
20 September, 2020 - Southampton 2-5 Spurs - Premier League
Heung-Min Son started this season on fire and enjoyed his best-ever day in the Premier League on matchday two as he scored four times against Southampton in a 5-2 win. The Saints had taken the lead through Danny Ings on 32 minutes, but we were level in injury time at the end of the first half as, once played in by Harry Kane, Son burst clear and clinically finished. In the second half, that pattern of play continued - three more times Son found the back of the net with Harry the architect of each. Our number 10 then got himself on the scoresheet to make it five before the Saints pulled one back from the penalty spot in the final minute.
North London derby stunner
6 December, 2020 - Spurs 2-0 Arsenal - Premier League
To add to his catalogue of incredible strikes, Heung-Min Son delivered once more with his magical right boot in last month’s north London derby. In what is always a cagey affair in an intense and passionate fixture, we got in front in he game's early stages thanks to Sonny’s fabulous effort. Once again assisted by Harry Kane, the Gunners’ backline backed off Son, allowing him the time to pick his spot and he did so expertly, whipping the ball with his right and curling into the right-hand corner of Bernd Leno’s net from 25-yards out. Harry then doubled our lead just before the break as Son turned to provider to tee up the England international, who lashed home from close range.
100th Spurs goal
2 January, 2021 - Spurs 3-0 Leeds United - Premier League
On Saturday afternoon, Sonny reached the milestone of a century of Spurs goals as we kicked-off 2021 with a win. Harry Kane had opened the scoring on 29 minutes from the penalty spot before he then turned provider 14 minutes later as Son caressed the ball home from Harry’s teasing cross. The South Korean then set up our third goal of the afternoon as Toby Alderweireld headed in his corner to wrap up all three points.