(Video) Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Asteras Tripolis: Kane Stakes His Claim As A Striker But Not A Goalkeeper

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Tottenham got their Europa League campaign back on track after hammering Asteras Tripolis at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur jumped above Greek Super League outfit Asteras Tripolis in their Europa League group after thrashing them at White Hart Lane this evening, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side joining Besiktas on five points after they hammered Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.

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It was a night that was lit up by two players in particularly, young forward Harry Kane and record signing Erik Lamela, who scored all five goals between them – the first coming when Asteras failed to close Kane down when the ball was played to him 25 yards out, allowing the former Leicester City and Leyton Orient loanee to drill a shot into the far corner.

Despite Tottenham taking the lead, however, Asteras continued to show attacking intent and got in behind the Spurs defence on occasions – although rarely looked like beating Hugo Lloris. By half-time came it was looking like Spurs’ game to lose after they doubled the lead thanks to the goal of the night from Lamela, who whipped a stunning Rabona shot into the top corner with his left foot:

  It was Lamela who would add the third goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and, although it wasn’t quite as eye-catching as his first goal, the former AS Roma man was able to score another incredible ball, volleying a high ball into the near post with incredible power and accuracy:

Lamela was taken off soon after this goal, meaning that it was time for youngster Kane to step back into the limelight, scoring Spurs’ fourth when the Asteras ‘keeper spilled a shot from Moussa Dembele straight at his feet for a tap in. Within minutes he had a first hat-trick for the club, with big central defender Federico Fazio showing a surprising lightness of foot to clip a cross to the far post for Kane to head in:


There was still more time for Kane to hit the headlines, however, as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had a rush of blood to the head at 5-0 and came charging out of his goal, taking out an Asteras striker and receiving his inevitable marching orders, meaning he will be suspended for the return leg in Greece. With Pochettino having used all of his substitutes by this point, Kane donned the gloves and didn’t put any pressure on reserve ‘keeper Michel Vorm for his place in Tripolis after a howler allowed the visitors to seal a consolation goal:


Neither Tottenham nor Kane will worry too much about that, however, as they moved level with Turkish side Besiktas at the top of their group ahead of a second clash against Asteras in a couple of weeks’ time.

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