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Harry Kane hits four as Tottenham destroy Leicester

Harry Kane hits four as Tottenham destroy Leicester

18/05/2017 at 22:22

Premier League, King Power Stadium – Leicester 1 (Chilwell 59) Tottenham 6 (Kane 25 63 89 90, Son 36 71)

Harry Kane looks on course to win the Premier League Golden Boot after his four-goal blitz helped Tottenham humble Leicester City 6-1 at the King Power Stadium.

The England striker moved two clear of Everton's Romelu Lukaku thanks to a stunning solo display of ruthless finishing that took his tally to 26 top-flight strikes for the season.

Son Heung-Min also bagged a brace as the Lilywhites ran riot with a typically all-action attacking display.

Ben Chilwell had given the Foxes hope when he took advantage of a rush of blood from Hugo Lloris to make it 2-1 early in the second half. But last year's champions fell apart late on as their hopes of a top-half finish suffered a major blow.

Craig Shakespeare had won his previous five Premier League matches on home soil, but now has a job on to pick 11th-placed Leicester up when Bournemouth visit on Sunday.

Spurs finish at relegated Hull City with Kane now red-hot favourite retain his crown as the league's top scorer.

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TALKING POINT

All hail King Harry. Not bad for what many were dubbing a dead rubber. Second-placed Spurs may well go into the final match of the season with little to play for in terms of the table - but they can still help their main man pick up another award, and on this evidence Hull's defenders won't be relishing it. Kane will feel confident he can get on the scoresheet against the Tigers, while Alexis Sanchez (23 goals) and Lukaku (24) go head-to-head when Arsenal host Everton in what looks like a tight encounter on paper. In this type of form, you wouldn't bet against Kane adding to his total and it seems inevitable he will go on to lift the trophy now.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Harry Kane (Tottenham). Who else? He came into the game with an incentive to close the gap on Lukaku and now looks to have edged out both the Everton man and Sanchez to top spot in the goal charts. Dangerous throughout and devastatingly clinical.

Harry Kane celebrates

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PLAYER RATINGS

Leicester: Schmeichel 6, Simpson 5, Benalouane 5, Fuchs 5, Chilwell 6, Mahrez 5, Ndidi 6, Amartey 6, Albrighton 6, Okazaki 5, Vardy 6. Subs: Slimani 6, Gray 5, Musa 5.

Tottenham: Lloris 6, Dier 7, Alderweireld 8, Vertonghen 7, Davies 7, Wanyama 7, Dembele 7, Sissoko 6, Alli 8, Son 9, Kane 10. Subs: Janssen n/a, Lesniak n/a, Nkoudou n/a.

KEY MOMENTS

25' - GOAL! Leicester 0-1 Spurs. Son surges free down the right and cuts it back for Kane who arrives to coolly guide the ball into the far corner from close range.

36' - GOAL! Leicester 0-2 Spurs. It's two! Son volleys home on the turn after Alli's delightful flick had bamboozled the home defence.

Son Heung-min celebrates

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59' - GOAL! Leicester 1-2 Spurs. Leicester are back in it! Chilwell shows great composure to roll the ball into the net after Lloris failed to cover his goal when racing back from a challenge with Vardy outside the area.

63' - GOAL! Leicester 1-3 Spurs. Kane snares his second of the game with a simple header from close range after Wanyama had nodded Alderweireld's hanging cross back into the danger zone.

71' - GOAL! Leicester 1-4 Spurs. Son snares his second of the contest with a low shot into the far corner from 20 yards after Kane had fed him from on the counter attack. Game over.

89' - GOAL! Leicester 1-5 Spurs. Kane gets the hat-trick! It's number 25 for the season as he cuts inside and rifles a low shot through Simpson's legs and beyond Schmeichel.

90' - GOAL! Leicester 1-6 Spurs. Kane gets another! It's four for Kane and Leicester have been hit for six as he drills in from the edge of the box once again.

KEY STATS

  • Spurs won a league match away from home by a margin of 5+ goals for the first time since April 1989 (5-0 v Millwall).
  • Harry Kane has now scored more Premier League goals in 2017 than any other player.
  • Kane is only the fifth player in Premier league history to score 25+ goals in successive seasons.
  • Ben Chilwell scored his first senior goal on his 29th club career app (21 for Leicester, eight for Huddersfield).
  • Kane is the fifth different player to score 3+ hat-tricks in a Premier League season.
  • Leicester 1-6 Spurs is the joint-heaviest defeat by a reigning Premier League champion (along with Man Utd 1-6 Man City in 2011).

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