Kane nets 100th goal as Spurs breeze past Everton

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

Harry Kane opened his Pre­mier League ac­count for the sea­son and brought up a cen­tury of Tot­ten­ham goals, net­ting twice as Spurs turned over a sloppy Everton 3-0 at Good­i­son Park.

Wayne Rooney’s ap­pear­ance in the home team caught the eye, just days af­ter be­ing charged for drink-driv­ing, but he ended up a bit part in a cel­e­bra­tory af­ter­noon for his suc­ces­sor as Eng­land’s lead­ing light.

Kane, who scored a pair against Malta on September 1st af­ter his cus­tom­ary bar­ren Au­gust, struck his 100th for Tot­ten­ham when an un­in­ten­tional cross-shot swerved into the top cor­ner then clipped home from close range early in the sec­ond half, with Chris­tian Erik­sen on target in be­tween.

It was a con­trolled and clin­i­cal dis­play from the London side, for whom Ben Davies ex­celled at left-back, and they have now taken six of their seven points away from their tem­po­rary Wem­b­ley home. Spurs switched to a three-man de­fence, ac­com­mo­dat­ing Davin­son Sanchez’s full de­but at the back, while mak­ing fel­low new­comer Serge Aurier wait in line be­hind Kieran Trip­pier.

Sur­vivors

Everton’s start­ing XI con­tained just two sur­vivors from the coun­ter­part fix­ture last sea­son, Ron­ald Koe­man’s first as man­ager, with Leighton Baines and Idrissa Gana Gu­eye the con­stants in a time of con­sid­er­able change for the Tof­fees.

Rooney was sub­jected to a cou­ple of mock­ing chants from the away end, though it was frankly a tamer song­book than he might have feared. It was Rooney’s neat pass that cre­ated the first chance of the day – free­ing Cuco Martina, whose low cross was turned wide of the near post by San­dro Ramirez.

Spurs felt their way into the game, Erik­sen miss­ing by a yard af­ter Dele Alli brought down a cross on his chest and Moussa Sis­soko’s shot blocked by Ash­ley Wil­liams af­ter good work down the left.

Af­ter boos at half-time Koe­man re­placed San­dro and Davy Klaassen with Do­minic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies, but the pair barely had a chance to take the tem­per­a­ture be­fore Kane in­sti­gated a quick give-and-go with Ben Davies.

He raced on to­wards the six-yard box and tapped home as the full-back’s cross landed neatly into his stride. A hat-trick briefly looked on, Alli scrap­ping in the box and Kane test­ing Pick­ford from a tough an­gle, but nei­ther side added to the score.

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