Apoel Nicosia 0 Tottenham 3: Harry Kane the hat-trick hero in Champions League win



Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Dailystar.co.uk

Apoel Nicosia 0 Tottenham 3: Harry Kane the hat-trick hero in Champions League win
Harry Kane netted a hat-trick for Tottenham against Apoel Nicosia

But the Cypriots soon discovered, like many before them, that the striker's got a God-given talent for scoring goals as he bagged a hat-trick.

Spaniard Jesus Rueda had done well up until the 39th minute, with the help of his team-mates, as they double-teamed to try to stop the Spurs goal king.

Then the England ace moved as if to hold up Toby Alderweireld's pass, but instead turned and allowed it to run on.

He caught out Rueda, who was muscled out of the way and suddenly found Kane surging away from him.

The Spurs No.10 finished coolly, slotting low to the right of keeper Boy Waterman with ease.

It was Kane's fifth goal in his fifth Champions League game and the fourth successive one he has scored in.

On the eve of the game, boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was "hard to describe" Kane, such was his worth to the club.

Yet despite Spurs having the best of the opening exchanges it was Nicosia who threatened with the first serious chance.

Roland Sallai connected well with a header from a Praxitelis Vouros cross but put his effort wide of the far post.

He did better than Heung Min Son, who failed to time his jump when Kieran Trippier delivered an inviting cross from the right and glanced well over.

A frantic couple of minutes ended in the 20th minute when Igor De Camargo lashed a left foot shot against the angle of the upright with Hugo Lloris beaten.

In the 36th minute centre-back Carlao should have scored when he drifted behind Alderweireld to earn a free header at the far post but he somehow nodded wide.

A minute later Lloris ran out to clear but kicked against teammate Davinson Sanchez and was lucky to see the ball run away for a corner.

Soon after that Kane struck and Spurs went into the break rather flatteringly ahead.

They were more lively straight after the break when a superfast move saw Moussa Sissoko pick out Kane, who teed up Son but the Korean drove wide.

Then at the other end Stathis Aloneftis outpaced Serge Aurier and forced Lloris into tipping over a fierce drive.

But on 62 minutes Spurs doubled their lead. Kieran Trippier picked out Moussa Sissoko and he found Kane.

A touch with his right foot killed the ball before Kane used the same boot to drill low into the far corner.

In the 68th minute he claimed his hat-trick when he glanced home Trippier's cross after initially feeding the substitute.



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