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Deadly Harry Kane proves to be a record breaker

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GOAL MACHINE Harry Kane broke Alan Shearer’s record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year and also secured himself a hat-trick after Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Southampton 5-2 at Wembley Stadium (December 26).

Spurs dominated quite simply Southampton, who without top scorer Charlie Austin, looked shaky and disorganised from the start.

The nervy visitors gave away a free kick early on the edge of their box. Poor defending left Kane unmarked leading to his 37th goal after a superb Christian Eriksen cross.

The stunning goal confirmed Kane as England’s leading goal scorer surpassing Shearer’s record set at Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

Another Eriksen square pass led to Kane’s second goal before half time.

After the break Southampton stepped up a gear. Big chances came early for the away side after Mario Lemina hit two impressive strikes; the second hitting the crossbar.

But, the game changed swiftly in 120 seconds when in the 49th minute Dele Alli fired home from the edge of the box and found the bottom corner .
Two minutes later the hard working Heung-min Son notched his ninth top flight goal of the season, when he easily beat Fraser Forster in the Saints’ goal.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino made two attacking changes which helped Sofiane Boufal pull one back.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, beaten at this near post, will be disappointed to have conceded.

However, the Saints’ good work was quickly undone when Kane struck a magnificent third goal and bagged a second hat trick in three days, making the score 5-1.

Southampton managed to find some fighting spirit in the dying minutes. Lloris made two big saves including one from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Saints substitute Dusan Tadic pulled back another consolation goal in the 82nd minute.

Pellegrino may find himself fighting for his job and a relegation battle in the New Year as his team sit in 13th place.

Southampton are resigned to losing their best defender Virgil van Dijk if, as reported, he leaves in the January transfer window.

It was an impressive display from Spurs. The day will be remembered for Kane ending 2017 with his record breaking 39 goals in the Premier League and sealing his status as Europe’s most prolific goal scorer this year ahead of the likes of icons Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.

A happy Pochettino said: “This is a massive achievement for Harry Kane. So happy for him.

“In the first half, we dominated and played well. We dropped our focus in the second half as the game became open.

“It was a nice game for everyone to watch around the world. We are ambitious, but I’m pleased to finish this year in a very good way.”

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