Football: Kane scores again in Spurs win in Australia
The in-demand 21-year-old sharpshooter was on target in the 43rd minute to give Spurs the victory before 71,549 fans at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.
Kane, who scored 21 league goals in the recent English Premier League season where he played in 51 club games, has the scoring knack and scored both goals in Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over a Malaysian select squad in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino kept Kane on the field for 84 minutes before bringing him off to a rousing reception from the appreciative Australian crowd.
“It was great to get on the scoresheet again and to win the game and it tops off an amazing season and a great campaign,” Kane said.
“I could have got a couple more goals, but the keeper played well and we had some good chances and so did Sydney.
“I spoke to the management about (playing more minutes) and I’ve got a tournament coming up so it was a good chance to get a bit more fitness before that… I always want to be playing, to be honest.”
Kane missed a couple of chances before he clinically struck two minutes before half-time.
A quick counter by Spurs and Argentinian winger Erik Lamela did well to hold up the ball before freeing Kane on the right and the young whiz let rip from the edge of the area to beat goalkeeper Ivan Necevski with an angled volley.
Spurs dominated the opening half with Dane Christian Eriksen firing high over the bar in a shooting position.
Lamela, meanwhile, thrilled the big crowd with his trademark “rabona” chip shot at goal where his kicking leg was wrapped around the back of the standing leg.
Sydney’s Alex Brosque was denied by a goal-line clearance by Belgian international Jan Vertonghen after a misplaced pass exposed French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Kane had a goal-bound shot kicked off the line by Sebastian Ryall in the 70th minute as Spurs pressed for the killer second goal.
Tottenham’s fifth placing in the EPL ensures they will be playing in next season’s Europa League.
Sydney FC, this season’s beaten A-League grand finalists, face another stern test on Tuesday when they take on newly-crowned EPL champions Chelsea.