Kane fires Spurs past Sydney

Sydney FC have been hit by a hurricane as Spurs star Harry Kane’s first-half goal was enough for Tottenham to beat the Sky Blues 1-0 at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

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Kane had a mixed night in front of goal but produced the decisive moment just before the break with a clinical finish from just inside the box.

He played almost 85 minutes and could have had another couple of goals before he was substituted to a rousing reception five minutes from time.

Over 70,000 fans were treated to an enterprising display by the Premier League club, with Erik Lamela, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb all impressing.

But the Sky Blues were far from disgraced and had a couple of great chances of their own which went begging.

The huge crowd got their wish with Kane playing from the start and the EPL’s newest sensation had the first shot on target inside 10 minutes.

Kane pounced when Mickael Tavares lost possession just outside his own box but the England international’s powerful strike was straight at Ivan Necevski.

You couldn’t miss Spurs playmaker Lamela and he produced a moment of pure magic midway through the half that almost led to an audacious goal.

There appeared little danger when the ball rolled into his path about 25 yards from goal but he tried his luck with a rabona which was over Necevski’s head but floated just wide of the post.

The Sky Blues had their moments and arguably had the best chance before Kane’s opener, with Alex Brosque pouncing on a sloppy defensive error.

The Sydney skipper was gifted the ball on the edge of the box, took it around ‘keeper Hugo Lloris and fired a shot towards an open goal – only for Jan Vertonghen to scramble back and clear it off the line.

The let-off seemed to inspire Spurs and a spell of concerted pressure eventually told just before the break.

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An incisive attack ended with Lamela playing Kane into the box and he fired a superb low shot across Necevski into the bottom corner for a 1-0 half-time lead.

Both sides rang the changes at the break but it was Sydney that started brighter with Bernie Ibini testing replacement keeper Michel Vorm from distance.

There was little in terms of chances for much of the second half before Kane almost got his second 20 minutes from time.

In a crowded penalty area he twisted and turned his way past two defenders, but Sebastian Ryall cleared his shot off the line.

It would be Kane’s last meaningful contribution before he was substituted to a standing ovation, while Sky Blues ‘keeper Necevski was also cheered loudly as he came off late on in his final match for the club.

There was almost an equaliser for the home side in stoppage time as youngster George Blackwood’s glancing header bounced just the wrong side of the post.

But the Sky Blues will get another chance to claim an EPL scalp when they host champions Chelsea at ANZ Stadium again on Tuesday night.

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