Tuesday 25 September 2018

Kane earns Spurs Champions League spot

Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle Utd

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane applauds after the match. Photo: Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane applauds after the match. Photo: Getty Images

Just where would Tottenham Hotspur be without Harry Kane? The heartbeat of Mauricio Pochettino's side came to their rescue when they needed him most to score a Champions League-sealing goal.

Kane's 50th-minute goal, his 28th in the Premier League this season, came after a truly awful first-half display where Tottenham had been outplayed by Newcastle United.

But in the end thanks to the winner and Chelsea's failure to beat Huddersfield Town, the North Londoners could celebrate securing their top four spot prior to the final day, although this kind of performance would certainly be out of place in the Champions League itself.

Sitting 10th in the table, Newcastle could afford to play with freedom and worried the home team on several occasions in the half.

Spurs striker Harry Kane (R) has a shot on goal. Photo: Getty Images
Spurs striker Harry Kane (R) has a shot on goal. Photo: Getty Images

Fortunately for Tottenham, their nerves were eased five minutes after the restart as Kane showed more like the form we have come to expect from him.

It was a classy goal, collecting Heung-Min Son's pass just inside the area, he produced very little back-lift as he fired home first time past Dubravka.

The loudest cheer of the night came when confirmation of Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield was received. It meant a final seven minutes needed just to hold on to what they had.

Tottenham could have sealed victory in the last minute but substitute Danny Rose's tame right-footed shot when through on Dubravka's goal was comfortably saved from Erik Lamela's pass but it mattered little as Pochettino's men produced a professional finish to complete the job.

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