The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Son Heung Min matched a 31-year South Korean scoring record as Tottenham beat Bournemouth 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to remain hot on the heels of leader Chelsea.
Son netted Tottenham’s second goal to take his season tally to 19 and become the highest-scoring South Korean in a single European season since Cha Bum Kun at German club Bayer Leverkusen in 1985-86. Son also played for Leverkusen before the midfielder moved to London in 2015.
A rampant Tottenham ripped Bournemouth apart with ease to record a club-record 12th straight home win in the league to trim Chelsea’s advantage to four points ahead of the leaders playing Sunday at Manchester United.
Tottenham is ending the season strongly but might have to settle for its highest Premier League finish rather than a first English title since 1961.
Not only did Mousa Dembele score his first goal of the season, but substitute striker Vincent Jansson netted in stoppage time for his first from open play in the league since joining Tottenham last year.
And Harry Kane reached 20 goals for a third successive season, scoring on his first start in almost five weeks after recovering from an ankle injury.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side has a tough run-in with games against Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester in the final six games. There’s a break from league action next Saturday to play Chelsea in the semifinals of the F.A. Cup.
If Spurs are to pull off a remarkable comeback in the league, they will need Kane back in form. The 23-year-old striker was still regaining sharpness during his 79 minutes on the field.
Son had scored four goals in three games during Kane’s absence and kept his place in the starting lineup despite Kane’s return, with Pochettino accommodating him in a 4-2-3-1.
Dembele set Tottenham on its way to a seventh league win in a row for the first time since 1967 by scoring in the 16th minute. The midfielder ran through unchecked to meet Christian Eriksen’s corner at the far post and net his first goal in 15 months.
A Bournemouth error led to Tottenham doubling its lead inside three minutes.
Jack Wilshere, much to the delight of the home support, was the player at fault.
The Arsenal midfielder, on loan at Bournemouth, gave the ball away under pressure from Eric Dier — and in a flash Kane was flicking it behind him and Son was driving it through goalkeeper Artur Boruc’s legs.
If Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe had hoped the interval might spark a change in fortunes, he would soon be disappointed. Just 2:03 after the restart, his side conceded a third.
Dortmund pondered CL pullout
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke considered withdrawing the club from the Champions League following Tuesday’s attack on its team bus.
Watzke tells Der Spiegel magazine, “I briefly considered whether we should pull out of the competition completely. But then it would have been a victory for the perpetrators.”
He says the attack wasn’t just an attack on Dortmund “but rather an attack on the Federal Republic of Germany.”
Defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were wounded when three explosions hit the team bus as it was leaving for the stadium ahead of the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Monaco.