A clinical hat-trick from Harry Kane helped Tottenham to a solid but unconvincing win over APOEL in their UEFA Champions League Group H tie at the GSP Stadium on Tuesday.
APOEL 0 Tottenham 3
De Camargo hit the bar
Kane beats offside trap to open scoring
England striker rifles home his second
Kane heads home Trippier’s cross
The hosts enjoyed the better chances in the first half, but Igor de Camargo hit the bar while his team-mates missed some good opportunities. Spurs took advantage as Kane opened the scoring before the break.
After the interval, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were largely in control and their class counted as Kane then completed an impressive three-goal haul to seal victory.
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The visitors had a good chance to take an early lead when Serge Aurier’s cross from the right found Heung-Min Son, but his shot was well blocked by Carlao in the fourth minute.
In the 19th minute APOEL nearly took a shock lead as De Camargo ran on to Efstathios Aloneftis’ pass, but his powerful strike hit the crossbar.
In the 36th minute Thrylos missed another great opportunity as Carlao got away from Toby Alderweireld, but only succeeded in heading Ghayas Zahid’s cross wide of a gaping goal.
The lucky escape seemed to shake Spurs to life and three minutes later Kane found space behind the last defender from Alderweireld’s pass and rolled the ball beyond goalkeeper Boy Waterman to make it 1-0.
After the break APOEL came out strongly and De Camargo forced Hugo Lloris into a fine save. Soon after, De Camargo headed narrowly wide from Aloneftis’ cross on the left.
The misses proved costly as Kane made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute after Moussa Sissoko picked out the striker, who turned smartly on the edge of the box before firing home a shot into the bottom corner.
Five minutes later the game was over as a contest as the England international headed home Kieran Trippier’s cross from the left.
There were few further alarms for the visitors in the final 20 minutes with APOEL also running out of ideas, as Spurs picked up their second win in a row in Group H.