Harry Kane, Tottenham Spurs

UCL: Harry Kane’s hat-trick sees Tottenham move to Group H summit

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Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as Tottenham maintained their 100% start in the Champions League with victory over Apoel Nicosia.

Kane – who also scored twice in Spurs’ opening win over Borussia Dortmund – put Spurs ahead in the 39th minute, slotting into the bottom-left corner from Toby Alderweireld’s pass.

The England striker then calmly stroked in Moussa Sissoko’s cross from the edge of the penalty area in the 62nd minute to double Spurs’ lead.

He completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a header into the bottom corner.

Kane’s three goals were Spurs first three shots on target in the match, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side had earlier rode their luck at times.

Apoel hit the crossbar through Igor de Camargo’s fierce shot in the 19th minute, while Hugo Lloris was forced into two smart saves after the break with the score 1-0.

But Kane’s clinical performance was the difference and he has now scored six hat-tricks in 2017 and five goals in the Champions League this season.

The win takes Tottenham level on points with Real Madrid at the top of Group H and importantly six points clear of Borussia Dortmund who lost at home against Real.

Tottenham were without key players Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen through suspension, as well as the ill Christian Eriksen, for their trip to Cyprus but Kane ensured Spurs did not slip up against the side expected to be the weakest in the group.

His hat-trick was a ‘perfect’ one – his first goal coming with his left foot, the second his right foot and third with his head.

Although different in their finishes Kane’s goals were alike in the way he showed uncanny composure to score from Spurs’ only clear chances on the night.

There has been plenty of debate as to whether Kane is ‘world class’ but he has now scored six goals in his last four games in Europe’s elite club competition.

The England striker has also scored 11 goals for club and country this month, having failed to score in August.

 

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