Tottenham Hotspur blow Leicester City away

AFP
Published May 20, 2017, 1:10 am IST
Updated May 20, 2017, 1:10 am IST
Harry Kane’s four-goal blast helps Tottenham cruise to 11th win in 12 games.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (left) shoots past Leicester City’s Danny Simpson to score his third goal in their English Premier League match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Thursday. Tottenham won 6-1. (Photo: AP)
 Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (left) shoots past Leicester City’s Danny Simpson to score his third goal in their English Premier League match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Thursday. Tottenham won 6-1. (Photo: AP)

Leicester: Harry Kane staked is claim to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer with a scintillating four-goal blast in Tottenham’s 6-1 demolition of Leicester on Thursday. Although Tottenham were unable to overhaul champions Chelsea in the title race, Mauricio Pochettino’s vibrant young side look certain to make a renewed challenge next term and Kane is the figurehead of that bright future.

Kane is hunting the league’s golden boot and the England striker was at his predatory best  as he plundered the Leicester defence four times to move to the top of the scoring charts with 26 goals. Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is second on 24 goals but Kane is well on course to nail down the goalscoring prize heading into Tottenham’s final fixture at Hull on Sunday.

South Korea’s Son Heung-Min scored twice for Tottenham, who swept to their 11th win in their last 12 league games after Leicester’s Ben Chilwell briefly reduced the deficit in the second half. Foreshadowing their imminent goal spree, Tottenham started with a swagger and nearly took the lead when Kane’s pass picked out Son, only for Chilwell to deny him with a last-ditch block. Son’s movement was too clever for Leicester again moments later as he turned quickly and shot over.

Despite Tottenham’s pressure, they were lucky not to fall behind when Jamie Vardy scythed through their defence. Accelerating onto Riyad Mahrez’s deft pass, Vardy had only Hugo Lloris to beat, yet he wastefully blasted straight at the Tottenham goalkeeper. Kane was a constant menace and he went close with a curling effort before underlining his predatory excellence in the 25th minute.

Jan Vertonghen’s long pass targeted a penetrating run from Son and, with Leicester caught flat-footed, the South Korean quickly picked out Kane, who arrived on cue to guide a clinical finish past Schmeichel from close-range. Tottenham were proving impossible to subdue and the visitors doubled their lead in the 36th minute. Alli was the catalyst, taking possession on the edge of the area and impudently bypassing the Leicester defence with a sublime chipped pass to Son, whose half-volley lacked power but still had enough accuracy to beat Schmeichel.

Son’s 20th goal of the season was just reward for Tottenham’s dominance, but Leicester got one back in 59th minute. Despite replays showing he was marginally offside, Vardy was allowed to sprint onto a through ball, forcing Lloris to race outside his area in a failed clearance attempt.


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