London (AFP) – Son Heung-Min’s stunning strike cancelled out Pedro Obiang’s thunderbolt as Tottenham salvaged a 1-1 draw against London rivals West Ham on Thursday.
Tottenham winger Son and West Ham midfielder Obiang staged their own goal of the season contest at Wembley with sublime efforts that will live long in the memory.
Obiang put West Ham ahead midway through the second half with a sensational 30-yard drive.
But South Korea star Son had the perfect response, unloading a blistering 25-yard shot for his sixth goal in his last nine appearances.
Both goals deserved to be ranked among the best scored at Wembley since the national stadium was rebuilt, but the result was rough justice for Tottenham, who dominated throughout but failed to convert their chances.
West Ham are two points above the relegation zone after stretching their unbeaten run to three matches.
Harry Kane was back in the Tottenham line-up after recovering from the illness that meant he was only used as a substitute in Tuesday’s win at Swansea.
Tottenham are reportedly ready to reward Kane for his incredible success in 2017 by making him the highest paid English player in the Premier League on weekly wages of £200,000 ($270,000).
And, aiming for his third hat-trick in his last three league starts, Kane almost made the perfect start when he prodded a shot across goal.
That near-miss was created by a flap from West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, who fared no better moments later when he misjudged a cross, allowing Davinson Sanchez a shot that was blocked as it headed towards the empty net.
Kane went close when his curling strike from the edge of the area had Adrian diving to his left to save.
Christian Eriksen wasn’t far away either with a fierce long-range drive.
When Serge Aurier picked out Kane’s run, the net seemed certain to bulge, but for once the Tottenham forward fluffed his lines as the ball squirted out of his control with just Adrian to beat.
– Son rocket –
Eriksen, so clever in possession, was at the heart of all Tottenham’s best moments and the Dane almost broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time with a searing strike that Adrian tipped over.
With West Ham happy to sit deep in a bid to frustrate Tottenham, Pochettino’s team had to remain patient as Son and Eriksen both had goal-bound shots blocked by the visitors.