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"Thanks to you, I finally recorded a clean sheet".
Tottenham beat home team Nottingham Forest 2-0 when Hishalisson and Dejan Kulusevski scored goals in the 17th round of the 2023-24 Premier League held at the City Ground in Nottingham, England, early on the 16th.
Tottenham 33 points, +12 for its second consecutive win maintained a fifth place, no difference from fourth place Manchester City 33 points, +20 for which it played one less game. Nottingham 14 points is 16th.
Captain Son Heung-min, who started as a left winger, played for 88 minutes. As a left flanker, his main position, Son actively participated in the attack with threatening shots several times, but failed to score an offensive point. Still, he managed to keep the opponent in check by moving erratically.
In the 47th minute of the first half, Tottenham changed its direction to a header as Hishalisson flooded Kulusevski's cross with his left foot. The goalkeeper was unable to use his hands and became the first goal. Hishaliseon scored two consecutive goals for the first time.
Tottenham, who kept tapping, finally scored an additional goal. When the goalkeeper caught the ball in the 20th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min pressed hard. The embarrassed goalkeeper kicked it away with a goal kick, but Tottenham caught the ball. Kulusevski's powerful right-footed shot shook the net.
However, Bissouma kicked his opponent in the shin in the 24th minute of the second half when the team was leading 2-0. The referee stopped the game and conducted a video reading. The referee ordered Bissouma to leave the game directly. Tottenham had to hold out for about 20 minutes with 10 players remaining.
Son Heung-min played 88 minutes and was replaced by Emerson Royal. It was a plan to protect the ace and secure the victory for sure. In the end, Tottenham, which kept the eight minutes of extra time well, secured three points. Tottenham won two consecutive games by securing a clean sheet for the first time in a long time.
Vicario Bit showed impressive defense again on the day. Notably, the instinctive elimination of ultra-short-range shots at a corner kick in the 38th minute of the second half was called the "savvy of the month." It was impressive that he stretched out his feet and kicked the ball out in response to the flying ball, which was not just luck.
Such a Vicario also recorded a clean sheet in just seven games. As Vicario is showing the most outstanding defensive performance among PL goalkeepers, it can only be said that the defense is responsible to some extent. Notably, he scored a goal due to his defensive error when leading 4-0 against Newcastle just before.
In the match against Chelsea, which recorded a large number of runs except for Newcastle, one of the main defenders was sent off, and Mickey van der Ben was injured. As soon as he joined the team, the Tottenham defense suffered various trials for Vicario, who perfectly filled Hugo Lloris' vacancy.
As a result, a scoreless victory over Nottingham was very valuable. Vicario acted interesting after the clean sheet as the leader of the defense line. "After the game, Vicario brought four defenders together," said Alesdare Gold, a reporter for Football London in the U.K.
In front of Pedro Pororo, Christian Romero, Ben Davis, and Destiny Udo-ki, Vicario praised their hard work. Immediately after the game, he said on his SNS, "I tried my best to record a real clean sheet," and expressed his joy, "My kids did a good job."
Vicario, who recorded a clean sheet for the first time in a while, continued to show joy on his SNS. After the match, Coach Enzi Postecoglou expressed satisfaction and encouragement for Vicario, saying, "You are doing a great job. You did a great job against Nottingham."
Sunday, December 17, 2023