Son hattricks perfect response to racist abuse

March 12, 2017

Son got his hat-trick in second half stoppage time following a dreadful mistake by Millwall keeper Tom King

The South Korean forward made it 3-0 nine minutes after half-time with a smart volley following a long pass

Well done, Heung-Min Son. Well done for letting your feet do the talking.

Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final with this thumping win over Millwall, but forward Son was the real winner. The real hero.

Having had to tolerate dreadful racist abuse from away fans all afternoon, the South Korean scored a brilliant hat-trick to make them eat their words.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after half an hour against Millwall with a smart volley

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after half an hour against Millwall with a smart volley

Son Heung-Min doubled the lead 10  minutes later with an excellent strike after cutting inside from the right wing

Son Heung-Min doubled the lead 10  minutes later with an excellent strike after cutting inside from the right wing

Dele Alli netted a deserved goal for Spurs' fourth with a tap-in after 72 minutes following a clever angled pass by Eriksen

Dele Alli netted a deserved goal for Spurs’ fourth with a tap-in after 72 minutes following a clever angled pass by Eriksen

Vincent Janssen scored his first Tottenham Hotspur goal from open play two minutes after coming on as a sub

Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-2-1): Vorm; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier, Wanyama (Sissoko 78), Winks, Davies; Son, Dele (Janssen 74); Kane (Eriksen 10)

Subs not used: Lloris, Walker, Wimmer, Onomah

Goal: Eriksen 31, Son 41, 54, 90+2, Dele 72, Janssen 80

Millwall (4-4-2): King; Cummings, Cooper, Webster, Craig; Wallace (Ferguson 69), Thompson (Butcher 46), Williams, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison (Onyedinma 58)

Subs not used: Girling, Hutchinson, Romeo, Worrall

Booking: Wallace 43

After being held by League One Millwall for half an hour, Tottenham Hotspur took the lead following a fine team move, with Christian Eriksen smartly providing the finish. For player stats, heat maps and analysis check out our MATCH ZONE service by clicking here.

After being held by League One Millwall for half an hour, Tottenham Hotspur took the lead following a fine team move, with Christian Eriksen smartly providing the finish.

Why those words still exist in 2017 is baffling, but as Son proved here: actions speak louder than words. Thank goodness for that.

Mauricio Pochettino reserved a special embrace for his match-winner after the final whistle, but the Spurs manager will be terrified his match-winner-in-chief is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Harry Kane limped off inside the opening 10 minutes with a nasty looking ankle injury following an accidental tangle with Lions defender Jake Cooper.

The fact Pochettino brought on attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen instead of Kane’s understudy Vincent Janssen tells you all you need to know about how the Spurs boss feels about his centre-forward options.

A lengthy injury for Kane, who must be a doubt for England’s forthcoming games against Germany and Lithuania, would be a disaster for Pochettino.

Kane’s injury marred what was otherwise a very sweet Sunday afternoon for Spurs – even Janssen scored his first Tottenham goal from open play in the closing stages. However this was Son’s day. The sub-plots were secondary.

 Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane was forced off injured after seven minutes with what looked like an ankle injury

Kane was forced to hobble off after landing badly on his ankle following an early shot in the FA Cup quarter-final match

Kane was forced to hobble off after landing badly on his ankle following an early shot in the FA Cup quarter-final match

Kane was caught by Millwall centre back Jake Cooper, meaning he played less than 10 minutes of the sixth-round tie

Kane was caught by Millwall centre back Jake Cooper, meaning he played less than 10 minutes of the sixth-round tie

Being the last FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane; Pochettino urged his side to give the stadium a send off it deserved, and Spurs answered their manager’s wishes with a dominant first-half display.

Millwall keeper Tom King – only playing because usual No 1 Jordan Archer is injured – was forced into four saves inside the opening six minutes.

Pochettino would have been pleased with his side’s start, not, though, with Kane’s nasty looking injury. In the process of shooting, the England striker’s right ankle was caught in a horrible looking tangle with Millwall defender Jake Cooper, who slid in to stop Kane’s strike. Having received lengthy treatment, Kane limped off to be replaced by Eriksen in the 10th minute.

Pochettino’s mind would have been focussed on proceedings on the pitch, but you’d have forgiven him for casting a thought to Kane’s predicament, particularly judging by the gruesome footage of replays on the incident.

The Argentine’s team, however, didn’t let their minds wander, and but for a couple of toothless attacks from the Lions, the hosts’ were in no mood to be embarrassed.

Eriksen, brought on after 10 minutes for Kane, gave Millwall keeper Tom King no chance with a well-taken goal

Eriksen, brought on after 10 minutes for Kane, gave Millwall keeper Tom King no chance with a well-taken goal

Eric Dier (right), Victor Wanyama (top) and  Alli all celebrate with goal scorer Eriksen after he broke the deadlock

Eric Dier (right), Victor Wanyama (top) and Alli all celebrate with goal scorer Eriksen after he broke the deadlock

Son's goal gave the hosts a two goal lead at the break, a tough scoreline on Millwall but achieved through great strikes

Son’s goal gave the hosts a two goal lead at the break, a tough scoreline on Millwall but achieved through great strikes

Son's goal managed to surpass Eriksen's opener for quality - a left footer from 20 yards into King's top-right corner

Millwall's players were left dejected by a first half where they had been competitive but ultimately outclassed by Spurs

Millwall’s players were left dejected by a first half where they had been competitive but ultimately outclassed by Spurs

Son's goal gave Spurs a chance to break out another choreographed handshake celebration, again starring Dele Alli

Son’s goal gave Spurs a chance to break out another choreographed handshake celebration, again starring Dele Alli

Dele Alli was denied a penalty in the 23rd minute when he was hauled to the ground by Millwall skipper Tony Craig. Millwall were fortunate, replays showing Craig had a handful of Alli’s shirt.

Eight minutes later their luck ran out when Spurs took a deserved lead, Eriksen firing a clinical strike past King after Alli chested down.

Victor Wanyama went within inches of doubling Tottenham’s lead five minutes later, his firm header thumping off the bar. Credit to Millwall, they hung in there – Steve Morison’s physical presence giving Tottenham’s defence a couple of uncomfortable moments, but not many can live with Spurs when they click into gear.

Son shifted into overdrive to give them a 2-0 lead four minutes before the break, brilliantly curling home to finish off a swift counter led by Alli and Eric Dier.

Son scored his second and Spurs' third by guiding Kieran Trippier's pinpoint ball past King after 54 minutes

Son scored his second and Spurs’ third by guiding Kieran Trippier’s pinpoint ball past King after 54 minutes

Son is not an automatic starter for Spurs' first team, but made the most of his opportunity on Sunday with two fine goals

Son is not an automatic starter for Spurs’ first team, but made the most of his opportunity on Sunday with two fine goals

Son, flanked by Alli, celebrate in front of the Tottenham fans who will be planning trips to Wembley for the semi-final

Son, flanked by Alli, celebrate in front of the Tottenham fans who will be planning trips to Wembley for the semi-final

The fancy handshakes got another public airing after Alli got on the scoresheet, which added deserved gloss to the score

The fancy handshakes got another public airing after Alli got on the scoresheet, which added deserved gloss to the score

The England international had been a significant threat all afternoon and certainly earned his goal

The England international had been a significant threat all afternoon and certainly earned his goal

Janssen is congratulated by Son after the Dutchman - who has struggled in England - slotted in No 5 for Tottenham

Janssen is congratulated by Son after the Dutchman – who has struggled in England – slotted in No 5 for Tottenham

The second half was just as comprehensive, Spurs taking just nine minutes to extend their advantage – Son once again ramming the despicable taunts from the visiting support down their throats with a sumptuous volley from Kieran Trippier’s ball over the top.

Intent on embarrassing their local rivals Spurs refused to take their foot off the gas; Alli notching an easy fourth – tapping home from two yards after Eriksen’s pass.

Rubbing salt into Millwall’s wounds, £17million summer signing Janssen, on his 30th attempt, ended his open play duck in the 79th minute.

It was only right Son had the last laugh here, and he did, completing his hat-trick with virtually the last kick of the game courtesy of a howler from Millwall keeper King.

Son was not to be denied his hat-trick, and it came through the last chance when he guided his volley through King

Son was not to be denied his hat-trick, and it came through the last chance when he guided his volley through King

King had made several good saves early on in the game but was at fault for the sixth as he let the ball squirm beneath him

King had made several good saves early on in the game but was at fault for the sixth as he let the ball squirm beneath him

That was the final FA Cup game to be played at White Hart Lane before current stadium is demolished for redevelopment

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