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Pochettino reveals Kane fears as striker suffers another ankle blow

Kane injury sours win over City as Liverpool charge towards semis

All smiles: Son Heung-Min celebrates his strike against City
All smiles: Son Heung-Min celebrates his strike against City
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino after netting against Porto

By Robert Jones

Son Heung-Min hailed Tottenham’s never-say-die spirit after his late goal earned Spurs a slender 1-0 advantage over Manchester City in a tense Champions League quarter-final first leg at their new stadium but it was a night of mixed emotions for the hosts as Harry Kane’s season could be over.

The England striker suffered a serious ankle injury but Spurs will take a one-goal lead to the Etihad Stadium on April 17 after Son made the breakthrough with 12 minutes left.

Hugo Lloris also saved Sergio Aguero’s penalty but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed his concern over Kane, saying: “We are going to miss him — maybe for the rest of the season. It is a worry for us.”

Matchwinner Son said: “As a team we never give up, we fight until 90 minutes. 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 here.”

Liverpool took command of their quarter-final with Porto thanks to two first-half goals in the first leg at Anfield. Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino netted as the visitors left Merseyside without a crucial away goal.

City must perform better in the rematch to keep alive their hopes of an historic quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup triumphs.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: "We created chances, more than the penalty. We controlled the game, we did not let them run a lot. The result is not the best but we have to make these kind of comebacks to go through."

City have now lost all five of their European matches against English opponents, losing both legs of the 1970-71 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final against Chelsea and both legs of last season's Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.

Guardiola added: "There are always key moments in football. It is the Champions League and the result is what it is.

"We played well and we were controlling the game. We had our chances with the penalty so it was a good performance but it is the Champions League and that is the challenge."

On Aguero's penalty miss, he said: "Next time we will score. Now we have to prepare for Crystal Palace. We do not have time to think about Tottenham."

Pochettino felt the spot-kick save gave his men belief.

"It was an unbelievable game," he added. "It was tough. But it is City and there is a second leg. We are happy as we showed great quality. The performance was good but there's still 90 minutes.

"The penalty save gave us belief. There were many positives."

On Kane's injury, he added: "We need to check but it looks like it is the same ankle and similar injury. It is sad and disappointing. We hope it is not a big issue."

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