Sunday 24 February 2019

Kane ensures Spurs finalise top-four spot

Harry Kane
Harry Kane

Tottenham overcame a nervy night at Wembley to book their Champions League place for next season with a 1-0 win over Newcastle.

Harry Kane's 50th-minute goal, his 28th of the Premier League season, was enough for Spurs after Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by now-safe Huddersfield.

That means, with one game to play, Mauricio Pochettino's men are third and four points clear of their London rivals, sealing a third successive year in Europe's elite club competition.

The win did not come without tension at Wembley on a night when Newcastle gave them a fright.

Jonjo Shelvey hit the post in the first half while they missed good chances throughout.

A clumsy foul by Moussa Sissoko presented Shelvey with an inviting opportunity 20 yards out in the middle of goal and his free-kick had Hugo Lloris beaten but just crashed against the post and went wide.

The visitors continued to look dangerous but Tottenham found themselves with a fine chance to open the scoring, but Kane uncharacteristically fluffed his lines when through on goal.

But he made up for that poor miss, and lifted Spurs off their knees five minutes after the restart as he gave his side a priceless lead.

Spurs worked the ball well down the right and Heung-Min Son showed neat footwork in the penalty area to tee up Kane, who delightfully found the top corner with a first-time finish.

Spurs could have been further ahead but Dele Alli could not find the corner, with Dubravaka getting down well.

The tension in Wembley noticeably lifted when news of Chelsea's result came through, but it was still a nervy ending for the hosts, especially when Danny Rose missed a fine chance to put the game to bed.

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