Harry Kane bagged a perfect hat-trick against Cypriot side APOEL to take his Champions League tally to 5 for the season after only two games.
Tottenham travelled to Cyprus with a squad full of youth, as suspensions and injuries stripped Spurs of some of their key players. Players such as Oakley-Booth, Foyth and the Cypriot Anthony Georgiou started on the bench. Tottenham took the lead 5 minutes before the break as Alderweireld found Kane, who broke the offside trap, to slot home with ease.
However, Spurs were lucky to have go in at half time with a clean sheet as APOEL had many chances in the first 45. Their centre-half Carlao broke free from Alderweireld at the back post following a corner, but somehow headed wide. Another opportunity for the home side came courtesy of Hugo Lloris, when he raced out of goal to make a clearance but struck it directly into Sanchez, but luckily it deflected wide of the goal and only a corner was conceded. The best chance of the half for the Cypriots though, culminated from ex-Ajax forward de-Camargo who struck the bar with a left footed shot that left Lloris rooted.
Somehow, Tottenham went in 1-up and APOEL continued to impress at the start of the second half but lacked the composure and efficiency to capitalise. Lloris was tested more than once but the Frenchman did well to preserve our lead.
The big debate with many pundits has been whether Harry Kane can be labelled “World Class”, and it was that man answering critics like he so often does yet again, finding the bottom left after a Sissoko cut back.
And just 5 minutes later, he scored his 9th hat-trick in Tottenham colours with a well-steered header from a Trippier cross. Another incredible goal scoring performance from our wonderful number 10, who was replaced by GKN.
There was also another impressive performance for Moussa Sissoko who looked good down the right and has improved significantly in recent weeks, and even got an assist.
Tottenham’s final substitution of the night, after Llorente and GKN, saw the Cypriot youngster Anthony Georgiou make his first team debut after replacing Sissoko late on.
Overall, it was an impressive performance from a depleted Spurs side which saw two right-backs in the starting line-up. Harry Kane once again showing he should be regarded as a world class centre forward, as Spurs fans have insisted. And finally, this result and performance shows the quality of some fringe players and their ability to come into the team and do a good job.
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