Spurs landed the first blow in their Champions League quarter-final tie with Man City, beating the reigning Premier League Champions 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Roared on by a raucous home support Spurs began the game with impressive intensity, but looked destined to go a goal down after 12 minutes, when Danny Rose was controversially adjudged to have handled the ball in the area by VAR.
However, City striker Sergio Aguero’s tame effort from the spot was saved by Hugo Lloris. Although neither side created too many clear cut chances, Spurs were probably shading the affair until the 55th minute when England skipper Harry Kane was forced off with what looked like a serious ankle injury after a touchline challenge with international teammate Fabian Delph.
As so often has been the case this season though, in the absence of the talismanic Kane, Son Heung-Min stepped up to the plate in the 78th minute, powering home a left-footed strike after cutting in from the byline.
City huffed and puffed towards the end, but Spurs held on for a famous win in what was the first European game in their state of the art new stadium.
Speaking after the game matchwinner Son insisted his side has deserved their win.
“As a team we never give up, we fight until 90 minutes,” Son told BT Sport.
”I think we deserved to win, we were more clinical than them.
”I like this stadium, it is amazing to play here, I am grateful for the opportunity to play at this stadium.”