EbeneNews – GB – Tottenham advance to Europa League group stage as Kane claim treble


Harry Kane managed a hat-trick as Tottenham produced a clinical demonstration to beat Maccabi Haifa 7-2 and advance to the Europa League group stages

Jose Mourinho made nine changes from the squad that faced Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, with Toby Alderweireld and Steven Bergwijn the only players selected

But there was still no starting place for Dele Alli, who was named among the substitutes with just 105 minutes of action under his belt this quarter

After sloppy starts against Lokomotiv Plovdiv and FK Shkendija in previous rounds, Spurs were determined not to experience a repeat and Kane assured they wouldn’t after just two minutes

Bergwijn combined well with Ben Davies on the left side and he picked Kane with a nice cross so the striker could touch home into an empty net

The Israeli side was apparently awakened by this early strike and started to spice up Spurs’ goal with midfielder Mohammad Abu Fani closing in

The visitors looked confident in possession of the ball and proved it wasn’t child’s play when Tjaronn Chery, formerly of QPR, pulled off a superb 25-yard effort and he whistled Joe Hart in the upper corner

But just two minutes after Maccabi equalized, Bergwijn whipped up a corner at the near post and Lucas Moura expertly directed his header to the far corner to restore the header

Despite the lack of clear chances for Spurs, they showed a leg up in front of goal and extended their lead in the 37th minute when Giovani Lo Celso found himself at home 15 yards away, at the in the middle of a scramble in the Maccabi Haifa penalty area

The Argentinean then doubled his overall score for the club with another tidy finish, moving ahead of goalkeeper Josh Cohen after a good job from Kane

Alli walked out of the tunnel with a smile on his face and there was no price to guess why as the midfielder replaced Lo Celso at the break

But it was the visitors who were smiling when referee Ruddy Buquet pointed the finger at the spot after Matt Doherty was judged to have manipulated inside the box and Nikita Rukavytsya gave them a glimmer of hope at 4-2

Their joy was short-lived when another penalty was awarded, this time for Spurs, and again for handball Kane stepped up and made no mistake to grab his second of the night

To their credit, Maccabi Haifa did not give up trying to recover a goal and Rukavytsya was unlucky to see the offside flag rise against him after a nice volley to beat Hart

Kane sealed his hat trick with a quarter of an hour to go, crushing Cohen before being immediately pulled out with Sunday’s game against Manchester United in Mourinho’s mind

There was still time for another late penalty as Alli’s trickery in the box won a foul over Bogdan Planic and he beat the goalkeeper to seal an emphatic victory for Spurs ahead of a crucial game in Old Trafford

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EbeneNews – GB – Tottenham qualify for the group stage Europa League as Kane scores a hat-trick

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