Kane hits hat-trick as Spurs beat Apoel
27 September, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
Champions League, Group H
APOEL NICOSIA 0
SPURS 3 (Kane 39, 62, 67)
IT was a strikers masterclass from Harry Kane last night (Tuesday) as he struck a perfect hat-trick – one with his left foot, one with his right, and then a header – as Spurs cruised past Cypriot minnows Apoel in the second game of their UEFA Champions League campaign.
Kane’s goals ensured it was job done for Mauricio Pochettino’s men and now they enjoy a buffer of having six points on the board as they go into back-to-back matches against group favourites Real Madrid.
Kane’s goals made it his sixth hat-trick of the year, and manager Pochettino heaped praise on his forward.
He said: “It was another fantastic night for Harry. Amazing. He’s one of the best and I’m so happy for him.”
The manager also singled Harry Winks out for praise, after the midfielder made his first start of the season. Pochettino was missing regulars Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen but the young player put in a performance that meant it did not matter and showed he has made full recovery from the ankle injury that has kept him out of the team since April.
Pochettino said: “It’s so important for the team that he starts to feel 100 per cent again.”
It took Spurs until the end of the first half to turn possession into goals. They had plenty of the ball but survived early scares when Apoel went close, striking the bar and creating a couple of half chances.
Kane, who hit two against Borussia Dortmund in their opening Champions League game, put his side ahead on 39 minutes when he latched on to an arrowed pass from defender Toby Alderweireld. His second, a neat finish from the edge of the box, came when the reinvigorated Moussa Sissoko thundered his way down the right and cut a precise pass back for Kane to get on to. His third was a well-placed header from a Kieran Trippier cross that gave Apoal keeper Boy Waterman no chance.
SPURS: Lloris (c), Aurier (Llorente, 57), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Trippier, Dier, Winks, Sissoko (Georgiou, 84), Son, Kane (Nkoudou, 74).
Subs (not used): Vorm, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Oakley-Boothe.
APOEL: Waterman, Vouros, Rueda, Carlao, Roberto Lago, Morais (Alexandrou, 83), Sallai (Makris, 62), Vinicius, Zahid, De Camargo, Aloneftis (Farias, 75).
Subs (not used): Gudino, Merkis, Pote, Antoniou.