Harry Kane came off the bench to claim a hat-trick as Tottenham took a 5-1 win over Mura in the Europa Conference League.
Spurs came into the game following Sunday’s loss in the North London derby to Arsenal, who needed to regain their strength and find goals. The Slovenian team was the perfect opposition.
Goals from Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso in the opening eight minutes put Spurs in the driver’s seat and, after Ziga Kous scored the minnows’ goal of his life after halftime, the England captain came in to finish the job. in the last 30 minutes. .
The fact that Kane was needed against the lowest-ranked team in the competition, with a UEFA coefficient of 337, could be taken as a measure of Tottenham’s fate this season, but the forward has yet to find the bottom. of the net in the Premier League. , will surely benefit from this goal-laden cameo.
It was his 13th career hat-trick for Spurs as he edged closer to the late Jimmy Greaves’ record of 266 goals.
Nuno made nine changes from the squad that were embarrassingly beaten in the North London derby on Sunday, but even with a second-string team it was still a lag against a team formed there barely 12 years old.
They took the lead after just four minutes as Alli, captain of the night and playing in a more forward position, leapt into the box and was knocked down by goalkeeper Matko Obradovic before stepping up and coming in coldly to 12 meters.
The second goal came just four minutes later after Lo Celso slipped past his marker and into the box, triggering a curling effort into the roof of the net.
There would have been hopes of a glut of goals after such a quick start, but that did not materialize as Spurs – so direct on offense this season – worked on the hunt for a third goal.
Alli forced Obradovic to stretch from the edge of the box and Oliver Skipp drilled a wide effort after stealing possession at the edge of the box.
Spurs were in shock early in the second half as Mura silenced the home crowd with a fine goal.
After Spurs failed to clear a corner, the ball fell on Kous from 25 yards and he sent a first volley to the bottom corner for a picture book goal he will always remember.
Nuno was unimpressed and called in the cavalry, sending in Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura – and it did the trick 10 minutes later.
Moura chose the England captain, whose fine movement created space and he shot at home in the clinical manner so far lacking in the Premier League.
The second came 14 minutes from time after a lightning fast counterattack that saw Lo Celso free Son and the South Korean asked his tall mate to shoot point blank.
Kane made sure he would bring the match ball home in the 88th minute as Lo Celso’s incisive pass selected him and he made no mistakes from eight yards away.