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Wembley what? Spurs top Borussia Dortmund 3-1

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Harry Kane scored twice after Son Heung-min’s early rocket, and Tottenham Hotspur handled Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley Stadium in both sides’ UCL group stage debut on Wednesday.

Andriy Yarmolenko scored BVB’s goal, while Jan Vertonghen was sent off late for Spurs.

Spurs next UCL opponent is APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus on Sept. 26, while Dortmund is off to Real Madrid on the same date.

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The opening goals were both wonderful.

Son started the scoring with a terrific solo run down the left flank, turning the corner on Sokratis and then blasting a shot over the shoulder of Roman Burki. The BVB goalkeeper will not pleased with conceding near post, but the shot still looked great.

Yarmolenko, the all-time Ukrainian leading scorer bought soon after BVB sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona, looked an able replacement with his wonderful curling rip from atop the 18. The left-footed strike left Hugo Lloris grasping for air, and it was 1-1.

That’s when Kane gave the match its third goal within the first 15 minutes, and Burki was again victimized short side. Kane’s shot swept around Burki and may’ve even just kissed the post on its way to Spurs’ 2-1 lead.

A brilliant dribble from Christian Pulisic almost leveled it, but his left-footed square ball was deflected by Jan Vertonghen before it could reach Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Pulisic’s desperate slide couldn’t quite get enough to redirect a 36th minute cross home, either, as BVB kept knocking.

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Son looked ready to make it 3-1 when Harry Kane ran onto a Christian Eriksen flick and sent a cross that Son settled, only to curl his 17 yard offering over the goal.

Christian Pulisic had a goal pulled back for offside, rightly so, but Aubameyang’s 56th minute goal should have stood if not for the flag the linesman.

That’s when Kane doubled Spurs advantage, cued up by Eriksen and hitting a clinical left-footed strike past a diving Burki and inside the far post.

This was a welcome match for Eriksen, who managed just a single assist as Spurs flamed out of the 2016-17 UCL at the group stage. His deft touch and vision were on display for most of the match.

Vertonghen was sent-off in the second minute of stoppage time for flailing his back arm into Mario Gotze’s face.

Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough: Spurs strengthen standing

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  • Kane buries penalty
  • Spurs keep pace with Chelsea
  • Boro one point clear of drop
  • De Roon misses stoppage equalizer

Heung-Min Son was an 80-minute menace and Harry Kane converted a penalty kick as Tottenham Hotspur beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

The win keeps Spurs second in the Premier League table, nine points back of Chelsea, and they’ll finish the weekend there.

Middlesbrough has 21 points, the same as Leicester City and Swansea City. Boro is one point ahead of 18th place Hull City.

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Alvaro Negredo slashed a chance over the net for Middlesbrough’s only chance of the first 10 minutes, and Dele Alli‘s in-tight miss was more emblematic of the early goings.

Spurs had control, and maybe should’ve been up a man after Dele was shoved in the face and back of the neck by Boro backstop Victor Valdes.

Harry Kane’s flying header flew over the net off Heung-Min Son’s strong left-footed cross in the 35th minute.

Kane thumped a Son cross home six minutes later, but the English striker was offside.

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Son ended up setting up Kane in a different way for the match’s opener, winning a penalty kick off Bernardo.

Christian Eriksen came close to making it 2-0 moments later, but Valdes parried the hard shot away from the goal.

Son received a loud ovation from the WHL faithful when he departed for Moussa Sissoko in the 81st minute.

Alvaro Negredo nearly beat Hugo Lloris with an overhead kick off Fabio service, but it bounded wide of the far post. And Negredo turned provider for a would-be stoppage time equalizer than Maarten de Roon missed off the side of the netting.

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FA Cup wrap: A day for the underdogs, though Man City, Chelsea cruise

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Lower league sides Oxford United, and Lincoln City joined Wolverhampton Wanderers as clubs to earn memorable FA Cup wins during Saturday’s fourth round.

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Wycombe Wanderers nearly made the headline of the day when they led Spurs 2-0 and 3-2 at White Hart Lane, but Heung-Min Son took advantage of a baffling amount of stoppage time to earn a 4-3 win for Spurs.

Liverpool had fallen to Wolves earlier, setting the tone for the day. One more Saturday match remains: Southampton vs. Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Wycombe Wanderers

Paul Hayes scored twice in the first half, the second on a questionable penalty given away by USMNT prospect Cameron Carter-Vickers, as Wycombe built a shock 2-0 lead at White Hart Lane. Yet a Heung-Min Son 60th minute goal and a Vincent Janssen penalty four minutes later knotted the tie.

All set, right? Wrong. Garry Thompson scored with just minutes to spare, only to see Spurs substitute Dele Alli knock in an equalizer. Son scored again in the sixth minute of stoppage time to set Tottenham up for the fifth round, and save Spurs a trip to Buckinghamshire.

Crystal Palace 0-3 Manchester City

Selhurst Park again found little joy, as Sam Allardyce‘s reign refuses to turn over. Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, and Yaya Toure scored for City.

Chelsea 4-0 Brentford

Brentford has moments for the visiting crowd, but never looked like it would force a replay. Willian, Pedro, and Branislav Ivanovic scored as the Blues cruised into the fifth round. Michy Batshuayi converted a late penalty to provide the final score line.

Oxford United 3-0 Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies trotted out a variety of young prospects and second-choice players, and the League One hosts relished the spoils. Kane Hemmings and Curtis Nelson scored for the U’s.

Kane Hemmings (bottom) of Oxford United celebrates scoring the opening goal  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Full schedule

Friday
Derby County 2-2 Leicester City — RECAP

Saturday
Liverpool 1-2 Wolverhampton — RECAP
Middlesbrough 1-0 Accrington Stanley
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool
Burnley 2-0 Bristol City
Rochdale 0-4 Huddersfield Town
Lincoln City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Southampton 0-5 ArsenalWelbeck goes off

Sunday
Millwall vs. Watford — 7 a.m. EDT
Fulham vs. Hull City — 7:30 a.m. EDT
Sutton United vs. Leeds United — 9 a.m. EDT
Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic — 11 a.m. EDT

WATCH: New Spurs forward Son’s hat trick helps South Korea let loose on Laos

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There’s a large talent gulf between Laos and Liverpool, and a hot evening home in Hwaseong is far different from a cold night in Stoke, but new Spurs forward Heung-min Son sure shone brightly for South Korea ahead of his Tottenham debut.

Son scored in the 12th, 74th and 89th minutes of South Korea’s 8-0 win over Laos in AFC World Cup qualifying on Thursday. While the goalkeeping and defending weren’t that legendary, Son’s shooting was precise.

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The 6-foot-1 23-year-old was acquired from Bayer Leverkusen for a meager — we kid — $30 million towards the end of the summer transfer window. He potted a career-best 17 goals for Bayer last season, including five in Europe.

Watch the entire Korea Republic team let loose on Laos here:

Help for Harry: Tottenham Hotspur sign $30 million forward Heung-Min Son

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Harry Kane finally has some help as Tottenham Hotspur announced the arrival of South Korean attacker Heung-Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

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Son, 23, arrives at White Hart Lane for a transfer fee around $30 million and has signed a five-year deal at Spurs.

He can play out on the left, behind the central striker or in the lone forward role and following the departure of Roberto Soldado, plus Emmanuel Adebayor edging toward the exit, Son’s arrival will ease some of the burden on Kane.

Son becomes Spurs’ third-most expensive signing in club history and the former Hamburg youth team product is delighted to move to the Premier League.

“My goal has always been to play in the Premier League and I have a great opportunity to do that now with Tottenham – I am really happy about this,” Son said. “I am also very pleased and honored to work together with good players such as Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and all the players at Spurs. I’d like to help them perform and, together with them, make our team even more successful.”

Son scored 29 times in 87 appearances for Leverkusen after making his name at Hamburg and alongside Eriksen and Erik Lamela he will provide plenty of support for Kane this season. There were rumors regarding Lamela’s future at Tottenham but manager Mauricio Pochettino quashed talk of the Argentine joining Inter Milan.

With Son on board and Spurs still chasing Saido Berahino, they will be aiming for their first win of the season against Everton this Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra). Comments like this from their new forward will be music to the ears of Tottenham’s fans.

“I am right footed, but I’ve trained with both feet so I can use them freely,” Son said. “Bold and daring – this is how I like to try to play.”