Kane double boosts Tottenham’s Euro hopes
England striker scores his 200th and 201st club goals as Spurs secure vital 3-1 victory at St James' Park
15 July, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
NEWCASTLE 1 (Ritchie 56)
TOTTENHAM 3 (Son 27, Kane 60, 90)
HARRY Kane passed 200 club goals in his career as Spurs boosted their Europa League qualification hopes tonight (Wednesday) with a 3-1 victory at Newcastle.
Heung-Min Son drilled a low shot into the bottom corner moments after the first-half drinks break to give Tottenham the lead.
Matt Ritchie blasted home an equaliser 11 minutes after the restart. But Kane stole the show as he netted his 200th and 201st club goals to hand Jose Mourinho his first ever win at St James’ Park in eight attempts.
“201 goals in 350 league games – that’s not bad,” beamed Kane after the final whistle. “As always, let’s try and improve.
“It’s nice to get to that milestone but the points are the most important thing. Hopefully I’ll get a couple more before the season ends.
“Before tonight we said that if win our remaining three games we’ve got a good chance of being in the Europa League – we’ve done the first step and now we have two more to go.”
Newcastle dominated the early exchanges, and had their first meaningful shot at goal with barely five minutes on the clock.
Miguel Almiron let fly from the edge of the box, but his rasping effort was headed clear by Davinson Sanchez. The resulting corner was played in low to Almiron, who, this time, fired well over.
Jonjo Shelvey also squandered a good opportunity for the Magpies when he headed Ritchie’s pinpoint cross over the bar.
Spurs soaked up the pressure, and then struck through Son.
Lucas Moura stole back possession from Fabian Schar and played in Kane, who in turn picked out Giovani Lo Celso.
The Argentine midfielder managed to get the ball to Son, who hit a low, early shot through DeAndre Yedlin’s legs and in at the near post.
Son almost added a quick-fire second with a cracking effort from 25 yards, but this time goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was equal to the challenge, tipping the ball over the crossbar.
The Newcastle players didn’t let their heads drop and continued to pile on the pressure.
It looked like they had found a deserved equaliser when Shelvey’s cross found Dwight Gayle, but the striker’s glancing header came back off the inside of the post.
With the lively Almiron, and even livelier Allan Saint-Maximin, Newcastle were always a threat, and they found themselves level on 56 minutes.
Under pressure from Saint-Maximin, Serge Aurier whacked a clearance straight to Ritchie on the left wing, who took a touch, steadied himself and then lashed the ball past Hugo Lloris.
Spurs struck straight back. Substitute Steven Bergwijn marked his arrival by whipping in a cross, and Kane somewhat casually headed home his 20th goal of the season.
With Newcastle pushing men forward Kane wrapped up the win in the 90th minute.
The England striker sparked a counter-attack, playing in Erik Lamela who managed to get a shot in at goal. Dubravka made a decent save, but Kane poached to head into an open goal.
Spurs boss Mourinho was full of praise for his match-winning forward. He said: “Harry knows how important he is, he is incredible.
“After such a difficult recovery from injury, he is playing every minute of every game. This is the fourth game with two days in between, we are the only team to have this, and Harry gave everything.”
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin (Lazaro, 55), Schar, Fernandes, Krafth, Saint-Maximin, Bentaleb (M. Longstaff, 86), Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, Gayle (Joelinton, 69)
Substitutes not used: Darlow, Muto, Manquillo, Atsu, Allan, Young
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Sissoko, Lo Celso (Lamela, 63), Winks, Moura (Bergwijn, 57), Son, Kane
Substitutes not used: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Sessegnon, Skipp, Fernandes, Tanganga, White