Kane keeps Spurs in title hunt with Cardiff romp

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur remain in the title race after a 3-0 victory over Cardiff City England striker Harry Kane scoring for the fifth successive time on New Year’s Day © AFP / Ben STANSALLCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Harry Kane got himself into the record books again as Tottenham Hotspur started 2019 in style outclassing Cardiff City to prevail 3-0 on Tuesday.Kane’s third-minute opening goal is the fifth successive New Year’s Day he has scored in the Premier League, equalling a record held by Andy Cole and Steven Gerrard. Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min added further goals as Spurs had the win wrapped up before half-time and reclaimed second place, a point above Manchester City, and six behind leaders Liverpool.This performance marked Mauricio Pochettino’s side out as still being live title contenders and a stark contrast to the limp way they lost to another promoted side Wolverhampton Wanderers at home on Saturday.They toyed with Cardiff at times, and the third goal killed the game, with the ‘Ole’ chants going up from the visiting fans after half an hour.Cardiff’s poor record against the top teams continued, losing their last 15 Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ sides, conceding 45 goals.The Bluebirds had picked up four points from their last two games and recorded back-to-back clean sheets after leaking five to Manchester United in their previous home game, but any hopes of making it three quickly disappeared.Kane’s goal came off his shin, deflecting in a loose ball from a terrible touch from Cardiff captain Sean Morrison after Kieran Trippier’s cross from the right initially hit the England captain.The England striker has now scored 16 goals in his last 12 Premier League away matches against newly-promoted teams.Spurs made it 2-0 after just 12 minutes with a classy goal from Eriksen.The Danish midfielder bought himself time and space by dummying Bruno Ecuele Manga and Harry Arter before picking his spot from the edge of the box to top off an impressive move involving Moussa Sissoko and Son.Son made it 3-0 with another stylish finish, the South Korean delaying his shot from Kane’s short pass while Morrison dallied before steering an acute-angled drive across Neil Etheridge and into the far bottom corner for his 11th goal of the season, all scored in the last 16 games.The arrival of Junior Hoilett as a half-time substitute at least ensured Cardiff gave Spurs something to think about in the second half.The winger forced two saves from Hugo Lloris, first with a far post header which brought a diving stop and later with a cross that was tipped over.Cardiff suffered more problems in the 59th minute when Victor Camarasa — scorer of a superb winner against Leicester on Saturday — limped off injured to be replaced by Joe Ralls.Spurs on the other hand looked full of goals and Kane threatened again just after the hour when he flashed an angled, rising drive wide following a pass from Dele Alli.Then Son was denied by Etheridge after Kane put him through on goal.Cardiff never gave up and Lloris smothered a header from Aron Gunnarssson, but there was no doubting Spurs’ superior quality.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Giggs set for SHOCK Man United exit, Real Madrid plot £75m Hazard swoop – GOSSIP

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, June 30 Here’s all the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Ryan Giggs is set to end his 29-year Manchester United career after rejecting the offer of a reduced coaching role under new manager Jose Mourinho. It is claimed the Red Devils have gone back on an agreement to give him the top job after he served under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. (Daily Mail)Arsenal believe Arsene Wenger will dismiss the FA’s interest in making him their new England manager to stay on at the Emirates. (The Sun)Meanwhile, former PSG boss Laurent Blanc has emerged as a serious contender for the England job (Daily Mirror), and Luiz Felipe Scolari also reportedly wants to be considered. (Daily Mail)Real Madrid could make a £75million move for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard by offering striker Alvaro Morata, plus £40m. (Daily Mirror)The Spanish giants also want to sign Leicester and France midfielder N’Golo Kante. (Marca)Manchester City could swap striker Wilfried Bony for Everton defender John Stones, if the Merseyside club sell Romelu Lukaku. (The Sun)Chelsea are expected to now abandon their plan to re-sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, after closing in on in-demand 22-year-old Marseille frontman Michy Batshuayi for £33.2m. (Daily Star)Liverpool have told Crystal Palace they will have to pay £30m to sign Christian Benteke this summer. (Daily Telegraph)Meanwhile, Slovakian centre-back Martin Skrtel is set to complete his move from the Reds to Turkish side Fenerbahce this week. (Liverpool Echo)Tottenham and Leicester are among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson from Russian club FC Krasnodar. (The Guardian)Norwich have made an approach to sign Scotland striker Steven Fletcher on a free transfer when his Sunderland contract expires next week. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?EXCLUSIVE: FA chief Martin Glenn tells talkSPORT he’s not bothered about nationality of next England manager‘Rio Ferdinand has a lot to offer England’ – Former FA executive Adrian Bevington tips ex-defender for Three Lions coaching roleLISTEN: Terry Butcher’s damning verdict on England’s Euro 2016 humiliation at hands of IcelandCrystal Palace leading the race to sign Newcastle United star Andros Townsend – talkSPORT sourcesLiverpool FC transfer news: Fenerbahce confirm deal for Reds defender Martin Skrtel ‘almost done’‘If Antonio Conte calls, we’ll fly to Chelsea’ – Emanuele Giaccherini’s agent says Sunderland midfielder would be keen on Blues switchTransfer report: James Rodriguez eyeing Premier League switch as Chelsea and Manchester City consider movesTransfer report: Tottenham joined by French giants Paris Saint-Germain in battle for Dutch striker Vincent JanssenGonzalo Higuain’s agent puts Arsenal and Liverpool on red alert by announcing striker will NOT sign new Napoli dealManchester United to discover by Sunday whether Borussia Dortmund will accept £26m Henrikh Mkhitaryan offerlast_img read more