Kitchee SC 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur: As it Happened

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Goals from Son, Janssen, Kane and Sterling helped to see off local champions Kitchee 4-1 at the Hong Kong national stadium.

Kitchee SC won the treble this season, but were no match for Tottenham in this friendly, which was a part of Spurs’ post-season tour of Hong Kong.

Despite fielding a largely weakened team, Spurs opened the scoring through local hero Heung-Min Son, who’s every touch was cheered like a goal. On the 16 minute mark, Eriksen played a pacey ball into Son, which rebounded off a Kitchee defender, opening up space for an attack. Son had the option to send Janssen through on goal, who was onside and in acres of space, but if Son hadn’t have taken the shot here, it would have been a crime. Son rifled a shot in towards the front-post and managed to break the deadlock.

Janssen didn’t have to wait long for his goal however, as just four minutes later Spurs doubled their lead through the Dutchman. This time, Ben Davies found space on the left flank, who then drilled a low cross into the box. Janssen flicked a foot in before the on-rushing ‘keeper could claim the ball and was able to divert the cross into the back of the net.

In the second half, Tottenham had to wait until the 83rd minute to score their next goal. Harry Kane, who had only been on the pitch for less than ten minutes set-up and then finished off the move, having played a long ball through the defence to England new-boy Kieran Trippier. Kane then busted a gut to make himself available at the back post, where Trippier squared the ball for the Golden Boot winner to tap into a gaping net.

A late flurry of goals followed, as Lucas grabbed a consolation goal for Kitchee following a scramble in the box, where a flick-on had removed Pau Lopez and Eric Dier from the equation for Lucas to tap the ball in from barely a yard out. However, the joy was short lived, as merely three minutes later, youngster Kazaiah Sterling got a memorable goal to restore Tottenham’s three goal cushion. Dele Alli played a ball through to Sterling on the edge of the box, where a defender’s tackle simply bounced off Sterling and putting him one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Sterling kept his composure and waited for the goalkeeper to commit to a challenge, before rolling it through his legs and into the goal.

Sterling was not the only youth player to get some game-time today. Will Miller and Luke Amos made substitute appearances, whereas Filip Lesniak started the game, before being subbed in the 68th minute.

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