Kane steals the show once again as his first hat-trick of the season continues Spurs’ winning streak
Harry Kane provided Tottenham with all three points in Cyprus against APOEL Nicosia last night, with his first hat-trick in the Champions League Spurs made it two wins out of two in their opening group fixtures.
Kane now has five Champions League goals to his name in this year’s competition- with only two games having been played.
The man of the moment provided the visitors with a first-half lead. Latching onto the end of a long through ball played in by defender Toby Alderweireld in the 39th minute; Kane dispatched coolly with his weak foot to beat the goalkeeper Boy Waterman who looked in total disgust as the linesman did not rule Kane offside.
However, the first half was by no way straight-forward for the lilywhites as APOEL only grew in confidence as the half went on; forcing Tottenham to play on the counter much like they did against Borussia Dortmund.
The hosts had many great opportunities to put themselves in front before Kane’s opener. As Spurs right-back Serge Aurier tripped in the 19th minute and gave away possession- APOEL striker Igor De Camargo was through on goal, however his shot cannoned off the Tottenham crossbar.
Captain, Hugo Lloris’ blushes were spared in the 37th minute as he ventured out of his box to clear the ball. However, he made a mess of the clearance which he struck team-mate Davinson Sanchez with the ball and was left in no man's land as the ball rebounded back towards his own empty net- which rolled just wide of his gaping goal.
After the interval, it was much of the same as the Cypriot’s proved to be tricky customers for Spurs. Lloris was once again forced into making a smart stop as De Camargo nodded the ball down to Sallai; who’s half-volley was met by the safe hands of the Spurs keeper.
On the hour mark, Pochettino replaced right-back Serge Aurier who had been caught too high up the field numerous times, leaving the back three in danger; with Fernando Llorente- a change that pushed Tottenham into a flat back four and providing Kane a target man to work with up top.
Once again APOEL go close to equalising, however much like in the first half Spurs go up the other end and double their lead.
Moussa Sissoko finds a completely unmarked Kane on the edge of the box, who takes one touch to set himself and places the ball into the keeper’s far corner- this time with his stronger right foot.
Spurs punishing the hosts who have failed to make the most of their numerous attempts on goal.
It only took Tottenham five minutes to add another to their lead. Once again Tottenham held possession for a lengthy amount of time and as the ball came out wide to Kieran Trippier he found Kane in the box. With no defenders anywhere close to the Englishman, Kane heads the ball into the far corner; completing the perfect hat-trick.
Tottenham’s third completely nullifying the APOEL ultras in north stand, whilst the APOEL team looked defeated.
With all three points in the bag, Tottenham looked to keep possession to see out the final few minutes. However, there was still time for Pochettino to give Anthony Georgiou- of Cypriot descent his full Spurs debut.
The final whistle is blown and what was actually a tough game for the Lilywhites, is concealed by a clinical performance from their red-hot striker- who scored all three of his shots on target. Tottenham going joint top of their group despite a starting eleven without many of its top players. Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen just to name a few; all missed the 4000-mile round trip.
On a night where it seemed vital for Tottenham to clinch the three points, Harry Kane provided the goals once again to secure the much-needed victory as Tottenham’s impressive away form continues- with an away trip to the infamous Bernabeu stadium on the horizon.
APOEL Nicosia- Waterman, Vouros, Rueda, Carlao, Lago, Vinicius, Morais (Alexandrou 84), Zahid, Sallai (Markis 62), Aloneftis (Farias 75), De Camargo
Tottenham Hotspur- Lloris, Aurier (Llorente 57), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Trippier, Dier, Winks, Sissoko (Georgiou 84), Heung-Min Son, Kane (N’Koudou 75)