Harry Kane turned Tottenham’s all-time document scorer as his 267th aim for the membership sealed a 1-0 win in opposition to Manchester Metropolis that severely broken the champions’ bid to retain the Premier League title.
Kane’s historic first-half strike on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium took him previous Jimmy Greaves into sole possession of the hallowed document.
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Greaves had held the milestone since 1970 earlier than Kane moved stage with him in his earlier look in opposition to Fulham on January 23.
Kane’s landmark second additionally made him solely the third participant to attain 200 Premier League targets after Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208).
It has been an unforgettable interval for Kane, who drew stage with Rooney as England’s joint document scorer on 53 targets when he netted in opposition to France on the World Cup in December.
Passing Greaves had turn out to be more and more inevitable for the prolific Kane, though sarcastically Metropolis may have ended his document chase if they’d been profitable of their try and signal him in 2021.
Nonetheless, Kane’s outstanding aim feats appeared a distant dream throughout a troublesome begin to his profession that featured a number of failed mortgage spells earlier than he lastly emerged as a star.
Greaves, who died aged 81 in 2021, is considered some of the pure goalscorers in soccer historical past.
A member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, who netted 44 instances for his nation, Greaves is the best scorer in English top-flight historical past with 357 targets.
For Kane to be alongside such a legendary participant is a tribute to his predatory instincts and his perseverance.
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“It’s exhausting to place into phrases and I’m so glad it got here in a win,” stated Kane.
““It’s a magical second. To do it in entrance of the house followers it’s a second I’ll always remember.”
The 29-year-old’s first Tottenham aim got here again in 2011 in opposition to Shamrock Rovers within the Europa League.
If that was a low-key option to begin an unimaginable profession, his document strike carried way more significance.
Arsenal’s shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Everton on Saturday had given Metropolis renewed hope they might overhaul the leaders.
However as an alternative Kane’s nineteenth aim in all competitions this season leaves second-placed Metropolis trailing 5 factors behind Arsenal, who’ve a recreation in hand and host Pep Guardiola’s males in an important conflict on February 15.
With out boss Antonio Conte after emergency surgical procedure to take away his gallbladder, Tottenham have been led by his assistant Cristian Stellini and this consequence absolutely lifted the recuperating Italian’s spirits.
Tottenham’s win moved them inside one level of fourth-placed Newcastle as they chase Champions League qualification.
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It took Kane simply quarter-hour to make historical past as Rodri’s careless cross on the sting of the Metropolis space allowed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to rob Manuel Akanji.
Hojbjerg slipped his cross to Kane and, with immortality in his sights, the striker guided a barely scuffed low shot previous Ederson with typical effectivity.
Sprinting away to take in the acclaim, Kane waved in direction of his household, who have been sitting under a scoreboard emblazoned with the message “Congratulations Harry” alongside footage of him celebrating earlier targets for the membership.
The England captain was serenaded by Tottenham followers chanting “Harry Kane, he’s one in all our personal” because the product of the membership’s youth academy walked again to the centre circle beaming a broad grin.
Metropolis’s response was laboured and Guardiola grew tetchy on the touchline, ranting in frustration after the subdued Erling Haaland opted to cross as an alternative of shoot.
Haaland had no photographs or touches within the 1-0 defeat, the primary time that had occurred this season, with Gary Neville telling Sky Sports activities the goal-scoring freak is “not getting the service he deserves”.
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Jamie Carragher, in the meantime, went so far as to assert Haaland “could have truly picked the improper membership”.
“He may need picked the improper membership to get the very best out of him,” Carragher informed Sky Sports activities after Metropolis’s loss.
“You might be laughing however we’re not seeing all the pieces from Erling Haaland at Manchester Metropolis. Not due to Erling Haaland.
“We are able to say they’re a distinct group, however they’ve scored precisely the identical quantity of targets. He has scored 25 Premier League targets however Man Metropolis as a group have scored the identical quantity of targets, however they’ve conceded extra.
“It’s far simpler to counter-attack them as effectively. They’re a distinct group and a lesser group with Erling Haaland, however once more it’s not his fault. Manchester Metropolis as a group is not going to play end-to-end soccer, it’s not Pep Guardiola’s approach.
“His gamers don’t have the vitality, or the facility or tempo to play end-to-end, they construct up slowly they usually push the opposition again to the sting of the field they usually play from there, after they lose it they win it again shortly. They hold individuals penned in.
“Haaland will nonetheless rating 25 league targets and lots of these is coming from a cross that you’re placing in. However we’re not seeing the complete package deal of what this participant can do due to the group that he has truly gone to.”
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Riyad Mahrez was inches away from easing Guardiola’s angst when he crashed a fierce volley in opposition to the crossbar.
Metropolis got here from two targets down at half-time to beat Tottenham 4-2 on the Etihad Stadium in January.
However with Metropolis exhibiting no indicators of emulating that fightback, Guardiola despatched on Kevin De Bruyne, having surprisingly left the Belgium midfielder on the bench for “tactical” causes.
De Bruyne’s presence lifted Metropolis and Julian Alvarez’s deflected shot looped over earlier than Akanji appealed in useless for a penalty when his shot hit Cristian Romero’s arm.
In a tense finale, Tottenham needed to play final three minutes with 10 males after Romero was dismissed for a second reserving as he chopped down Jack Grealish.