Son hits hat-trick as clinical Spurs thrash Villa


Son Heung-min’s hat-trick was his second in the Premier League, having netted four goals in a 5-2 win at Southampton in September 2020

Son Heung-min’s hat-trick kept Tottenham’s Premier League top-four destiny in their own hands as Spurs produced a masterclass in clinical finishing to thrash Aston Villa.

After the South Korea striker steered the visitors into an early lead, Spurs withstood a Villa onslaught to remain ahead at the interval with veteran goalkeeper Hugo Lloris making a string of superb saves.

But they cruised to victory with a breathtaking, counter-attacking second-half performance as Son swept home two more fine finishes, either side of an equally elegant strike from Dejan Kulusevski.

A fourth-successive win moved Antonio Conte’s side three points above north London rivals Arsenal – beaten at home by Brighton earlier on Saturday – in the race for the fourth Champions League spot.

Villa, meanwhile, were left to reflect on a fourth-straight defeat, despite dominating long spells of the first half, as returning striker Danny Ings wasted two glorious chances to bring them level.

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Aston Villa

  1. Squad number1Player nameMartínez

  2. Squad number2Player nameCash

  3. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  4. Squad number5Player nameMings

  5. Squad number27Player nameDigne

  6. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  7. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  8. Squad number23Player namePhilippe Coutinho

  9. Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

  10. Squad number20Player nameIngs

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number10Player nameBuendía

  2. Squad number18Player nameYoung

  3. Squad number31Player nameBailey

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number3Player nameReguilón
  2. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
  3. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 27DigneSubstituted forYoungat 80′minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 23CoutinhoSubstituted forBuendíaat 70′minutes
  • 41J Ramsey
  • 20IngsBooked at 21minsSubstituted forBaileyat 70′minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 8Sanson
  • 10Buendía
  • 15Traoré
  • 16Chambers
  • 18Young
  • 19Nakamba
  • 25Olsen
  • 31Bailey
  • 33Chukwuemeka

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 4Romero
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 12Emerson RoyalBooked at 74mins
  • 30Bentancur
  • 5HøjbjergBooked at 29mins
  • 2DohertySubstituted forReguilónat 21′minutes
  • 21KulusevskiSubstituted forBergwijnat 84′minutes
  • 10KaneBooked at 90mins
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Reguilón
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 14Rodon
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 22Gollini
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 42White

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