Kane’s dou­ble gets Spurs back on track

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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.

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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

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