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Kane hits hat-trick as Spurs win in Cyprus

Kane scores for Tottenham

Kane is the seventh English player to score a Champions League hat-trick

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as Tottenham maintained their 100% start in the Champions League with victory over Apoel Nicosia.

Kane – who also scored twice in Spurs’ opening win over Borussia Dortmund – put his side ahead in the 39th minute, slotting into the bottom-left corner from Toby Alderweireld’s pass.

The England striker then calmly stroked in Moussa Sissoko’s cross from the edge of the penalty area in the 62nd minute to double the lead.

He completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a header into the bottom corner.

Kane’s three goals were Tottenham’s first three shots on target in the match, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side had earlier rode their luck at times.

Apoel hit the crossbar through Igor de Camargo’s fierce shot in the 19th minute, while Hugo Lloris was forced into two smart saves after the break with the score 1-0.

But Kane’s clinical performance was the difference and he has now scored six hat-tricks in 2017 and five goals in the Champions League this season.

The win takes Tottenham level on points with Real Madrid at the top of Group H and importantly six points clear of Borussia Dortmund who lost at home against Real.

Kane inspires depleted Spurs

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Kane’s 34 goals this year are more than any other player who has scored for a Premier League club in 2017

Tottenham were without key players Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen through suspension, as well as the ill Christian Eriksen, for their trip to Cyprus but Kane ensured Spurs did not slip up against the side expected to be the weakest in the group.

His hat-trick was a ‘perfect’ one – his first goal coming with his left foot, the second his right foot and third with his head.

Although different in their finishes, Kane’s goals were alike in the way he showed uncanny composure to score from Spurs’ only clear chances on the night.

There has been plenty of debate as to whether Kane is ‘world class’ but he has now scored six goals in his past four games in Europe’s elite club competition.

The England striker has also scored 11 goals for club and country this month, having failed to score in August.

After the match he rightfully paid tribute to the excellent delivery for each of his goals from Alderweireld, Sissoko and Kieran Trippier, but this was Kane’s night.

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Kane scored a perfect hat-trick without touching the ball in the six-yard box

Improved Spurs strongly placed in Group B

Last season’s Champions League campaign was one of frustration for Spurs as they finished third behind Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen and only won two of their six matches.

But this season Tottenham have as many wins in two matches and sit in prime position in the group as they look to reach the knockout stage for the first time since 2010-11.

They now face back-to-back champions Real Madrid in consecutive games, firstly at the Bernabeu on 17 October, but importantly have a six-point cushion over Borussia Dortmund.

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Spurs still have to travel to Dortmund to play the current Bundesliga leaders but they will do so knowing they would likely progress with a draw at Westfalenstadion, were they to repeat their victory over Apoel at home.

The north London club have an identical record to Real Madrid after two games and, with Kane in his current form, may well fancy their chances against a side who have only taken 11 points from 18 in La Liga.

It was must-win – Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “It was a tough game. They were very motivated. It was important to get three points. It was a must-win and we were fantastic. Today there were some good performances from players who are not regulars and a hat-trick for Harry Kane, it was a fantastic performance.

“I am happy because in some games maybe we dominate and create lot of chances and cannot score. Tonight we were clinical in front of goal.”

Kane’s incredible 2017 – the best stats

  • Harry Kane has now scored 34 goals in 30 competitive appearances for Tottenham in 2017.
  • Following this goal, Kane has now scored against 46 different opponents during his club career and versus 36 different teams for Tottenham in all competitions.
  • Kane has now scored in four successive Champions League appearances – only the second English player to do this in the competition after Steven Gerrard (five in a row).
  • His treble means that he has scored six hat-tricks in 2017 alone and nine in his whole career – all for Spurs.
  • He is the seventh different English player to score a Champions League hat-trick (after Cole, Newell, Owen, Rooney, Shearer, Welbeck).
  • Tottenham have won their opening two games of a Champions League campaign for the first time.
  • Spurs have netted six goals in the Champions League this season from just eight shots on target.
  • Apoel have never kept a clean sheet at home in the Champions League group stages (10 games).

Live Text

Match ends, APOEL Nicosia 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

Second Half ends, APOEL Nicosia 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor de Camargo (APOEL Nicosia).

Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Praxitelis Vouros (APOEL Nicosia).

Attempt missed. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Corner, APOEL Nicosia. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Attempt missed. Igor de Camargo (APOEL Nicosia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ghayas Zahid with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jesús Rueda (APOEL Nicosia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Agustín Farías (APOEL Nicosia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Anthony Georgiou replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Nektarious Alexandrou replaces Nuno Morais.

Attempt blocked. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Agustín Farías (APOEL Nicosia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, APOEL Nicosia. Conceded by Davinson Sánchez.

Attempt blocked. Ghayas Zahid (APOEL Nicosia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Agustín Farías with a headed pass.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Igor de Camargo (APOEL Nicosia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ghayas Zahid (APOEL Nicosia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Makris.

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Agustín Farías replaces Efstathios Aloneftis.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Harry Kane.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eric Dier.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jesús Rueda.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Llorente with a headed pass.

Goal! APOEL Nicosia 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Andreas Makris replaces Roland Sallai.

Goal! APOEL Nicosia 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Attempt missed. Roland Sallai (APOEL Nicosia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nuno Morais with a through ball.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jesús Rueda (APOEL Nicosia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Serge Aurier.

Corner, APOEL Nicosia. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Attempt saved. Efstathios Aloneftis (APOEL Nicosia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nuno Morais with a through ball.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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