Kane’s double gets Spurs back on track
Tottenham claimed only their second win in 11 matches as Harry Kane celebrated signing a new long-term contract with two goals in a 5-0 rout of struggling Swansea yesterday. Kane committed his future for the next five and a half years this week and the England striker scored a 39th-minute penalty to open the scoring before Son Heung-Min scored a spectacular second just before the break. Kane then added his second of the game four minutes after the break and Christian Eriksen also got on the scoresheet twice late on as Mauricio Pochettino’s side produced the perfect response to consecutive defeats by Monaco and Chelsea.
On the back of a memorable 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace, Swansea boss Bob Bradley opted to make two changes, with Mike van der Hoorn and Jefferson Montero starting.
The game took a while to get going with Tottenham defender Kyle Walker floored by an early aerial challenge by Neil Taylor. Dele Alli then saw a deflected effort from Kane’s pass gathered by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Kane appeared full of confidence after settling his future and his fine header from Walker’s cross was well pushed over by Fabianski as the hosts started to turn the screw.
Walker was next to go close as his run from the right resulted in a shot the Swansea keeper again had to tip over for a corner. Victor Wanyama drilled a shot from the edge of the area straight at Fabianski, while Son missed the target from a Kane lay-off.
Eriksen’s free-kick was too close to Fabianski as Tottenham’s chances continued and Swansea struggled to get out of their own half. Eventually Spurs took the lead on 39 minutes as Alli, going away from goal, was controversially adjudged to have been tripped by Kyle Naughton just inside the area. Inevitably, it was Kane who took the spot-kick expertly firing the ball to the bottom left-hand corner. Moments later the instrumental Alli went close to a second with Fabianski bravely denying him with his legs.
Tottenham did get their second on the stroke of half-time with a spectacular acrobatic effort from Son after Eriksen’s pass had fallen perfectly to him.
Swansea attempted to turn things around again for the second week running as Fernando Llorente, the hero of the Palace victory, came on at the break. But it made little difference this time around as Kane made it 3-0 within four minutes of the restart with a cool finish from 15 yards after Son had done the hard work on the break.
It was Kane’s sixth goal in five matches since his return from an ankle injury last month and chances continued to arrive for Tottenham, with another free-kick from Eriksen just missing the post.
Kane thought he had added a third when he slotted past Fabianski but the linesman’s flag reprieved Swansea.
But Tottenham did score a fourth on 70 minutes as Eriksen headed home from close range from Son’s cross and there was still time for Wanyama to miss a sitter from four yards out following Eriksen’s delivery.
A fifth then followed in stoppage time as Eriksen scored his second from substitute Moussa Sissoko’s pass. — AFP
LONDON: Tottenham Swansea 5