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Kane hits four as Spurs thrash Leicester

London, May 19 (Agencies)
Published on 20 May. 2017 12:25 AM IST
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A superb Harry Kane hit four goals as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Leicester City 6-1 at the King Power Stadium.
The 23-year-old, who now leads the Premier League goalscoring charts on 26, will claim the golden boot for a second consecutive season if Romelu Lukaku (24) fails to outscore the Englishman in the final round of Premier League games on Sunday.
Son Heung-min hit a brace for the Lilywhites in what was a superb attacking performance from start to finish, leaving their unbeaten record at the King Power intact whilst recording their biggest away win in the Premier League. 
Despite Ben Chilwell scoring for the Foxes after the interval, the home-team now equal Liverpool’s record of 18 defeats suffered by reigning champions in a 38-match season, set in 1906-07. 
After a bright start, it was Spurs who carved out the first opportunity in the eight minute when Son cut inside from the right before sending his shot narrowly over the bar, the South Korean searching for his 20th of the season. 
Leicester hit Spurs with their trademark counter-attack moments later when Riyad Mahrez shook off the challenge of three players before the Algerian picked out Jamie Vardy inside the box, but the 30-year-old’s effort was easily dealt with by Hugo Lloris.
The visitors started to gain a stranglehold on the tie, and they should have broke the deadlock in 14th minute when Dele Alli found Son before the former Bayer Leverkusen man fired his effort well over from a dangerous area.
Son was quickly becoming one of Spurs’ biggest threats, and the 29-year-old was at the heart of the opener after he was picked out by Toby Alderweireld with a mouth-watering 60-yard pass, before cutting back to Kane who found the back of the net.
Alli and Son were instrumental in the final third for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and it was the latter who produced a sublime scooping flick into the path of Son, before the number seven smashed his shot into the bottom-left corner to hand his side a deserved two-goal cushion in the 35th minute. 
After an unimpressive first-half, the Foxes started the second-half on the front-foot and pulled one back just before the hour-mark when Lloris came to sweep up after Vardy was played in on goal by Wilfred Ndidi, but the Frenchman made a mess of his clearance, leaving youngster Chilwell to calmly find the net from the edge of the area for his first senior goal. 
But the host’s comeback was halted four minutes later, this time Kane showing all the qualities of a goal-poacher when he dispatched his header from six-yards out after Victor Wanyama found the Englishman at the back-post.
And the tie was dead and buried in the 70th minute when Spurs once again showed their ruthlessness, with Son using Kane’s run on the left as a decoy before displaying great feet and firing his long-range effort past Kasper Schmeichel into the bottom-right corner. 
The home side were struggling, and with the rampant Spurs and Kane looking to add to their tally, they collapsed, with Kane  hitting two goals in three minutes as the game came to a close, becoming the first Spurs player to register four hat-tricks in a season since the great Jimmy Greaves.

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