Harry Kane leads race for league golden boot with 26 after bagging FOUR goals

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Pair of Aces

SON HEUNG-MIN grabbed two as Ben Chilwell grabbed his first professional goal for home side

HARRY KANE’S stunning four goals moved him ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.

The England striker was on 22 league goals before kick-off but grabbed one in the first-half and three in the second period as Spurs totally outclassed the Foxes.

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Harry Kane slots home Tottenham’s opener for his 23rd league goal of the season

Lukaku is now two behind Spurs’ star man after his wonderful performance at the Walkers Stadium.


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Son Heung-min grabbed a brace for the visitors as Ben Chilwell had given the home fans something to cheer with a delicate finish.

In a frantic start, Spurs’ quality was quick to shine through when they broke the deadlock on 24 minutes.

The striker celebrates with Son who grabbed an assist

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The striker celebrates with Son who grabbed an assist

A long ball over the top by Toby Alderweireld found Son who pulled it back to the England striker to score the opener.

And the provider turned goalscorer 10 minutes later when Son latched onto Dele Alli’s wonderful chipped ball to double Spurs’ advantage.

The Foxes came out with greater urgency in the second period and Ben Chilwell reduced to deficit with Hugo Lloris stranded.

Son produces a tidy finish from Dele Alli’s pass to double Spurs’ advantage

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Son produces a tidy finish from Dele Alli’s pass to double Spurs’ advantage

The France captain rushed off his line to tackle Jamie Vardy but when the ball fell to the left-back he kept his cool to slot the ball home.

But the home side were back in the game for four minutes when Kane headed in from close range following Victor Wanyama’s pull back across goal.

And it was certainly game over on 71 minutes when a sensational piece of skill and finish by Son grabbed Tottenham’s fourth of the night.

Harry Kane scored his second with a close range header in the second half

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Harry Kane scored his second with a close range header in the second half

The drama didn’t end there as Kane bagged his hat-trick with a powerful effort before rounding off his stunning night with his fourth and Tottenham’s sixth.

FACTS, STATS, GOALS & LOLS

  • According to those ‘anoraks’ in the know, the last time Leicester hosted Spurs on a Thursday night the Foxes ran riot and thumped Tottenham 6-0 ….. way back in March, 1935!
  • A quick check of the latest odds revealed you could get 350/1 on lightning striking twice and last year’s champs repeating that feat!
  • Spurs’ full-back curse continued as concussion victim Kieran Trippier joined Danny Rose and Kyle Walker on the injured list.

Son Heung-min grabbed his 20th goal of the season in all competitions

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Son Heung-min grabbed his 20th goal of the season in all competitions
  • With Tottenham full-backs fast becoming an endangered species, Mauricio Pochettino decided to opt for a back three, as Eric Dier dropped back to join Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in defence.
  • With East Midlands rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest a division down, Spurs have become the nearest thing Leicester have to a good old-fashioned derby-style grudge match these days.
  • Foxes fans didn’t take long to remind Spurs fans: “Who came third in a two-horse race?” followed by: “It’s happened again … it’s happened again …..” and “We’re waiting for you,” – in response to last season’s Spurs’ chant: “We’re coming for you.”

Ben Chilwell kept his cool to bring Leicester back into the contest

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Ben Chilwell kept his cool to bring Leicester back into the contest
  • Round One went to Leicester fans – but they pushed their luck just a little too far when they taunted Golden Boot chasing Harry Kane by claiming: “He’s just a sh** Jamie Vardy.”
  • Spurs fans bounced back with: “Champions League – never again,” then landed the killer blow when Kane promptly opened the scoring, sarcastically agreeing: “He’s just a sh** Jamie Vardy!” OUCH!
  • But it certainly focussed the South Korean forward’s mind as he brilliantly buried a volley beyond Kasper Schmeichel to atone by scoring Spurs’ second – then followed it up with a brilliant individual second goal after the break for his side’s fourth.
  • At the other end of the scale Ben Chilwell opened his career account with his first senior goal to give Leicester a glimmer of hope just before the hour mark – not that it lasted long!
  • Harry Kane soon restored Spurs’ two goal advantage to draw level with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku on 24 goals for the season – and set up a winner takes all showdown for the Premier League’s Golden Boot on the final day of the season on Sunday.

Son scored a beauty to increase Tottenham’s lead in the second half

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Son scored a beauty to increase Tottenham’s lead in the second half

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