Harry Kane grew to become Tottenham’s all-time document scorer as his 267th aim for the membership sealed a 1-0 win in opposition to Manchester City 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).
Kane (R) celebrates after scoring. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)Source: AFPHarry Kane celebrates his 267 aim because the all-time document aim scorer. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)Source: AFP
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 grow to be more and more inevitable for the prolific Kane, though sarcastically City might have ended his document chase if they’d been profitable of their try to signal him in 2021.
However, Kane’s exceptional 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 thought to be some of the pure goalscorers in soccer historical past.
A member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, who netted 44 occasions 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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Kane made historical past. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
“It’s arduous to place into phrases and I’m so glad it got here in a win,” mentioned 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 approach to begin an unimaginable profession, his document strike carried much more significance.
Arsenal’s shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Everton on Saturday had given City renewed hope they might overhaul the leaders.
But as an alternative Kane’s nineteenth aim in all competitions this season leaves second-placed City trailing 5 factors behind Arsenal, who’ve a recreation in hand and host Pep Guardiola’s males in a vital conflict on February 15.
Without boss Antonio Conte after emergency surgical procedure to take away his gallbladder, Tottenham had been led by his assistant Cristian Stellini and this outcome certainly 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 City 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 absorb the acclaim, Kane waved in direction of his household, who had been sitting beneath 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 every of our personal” because the product of the membership’s youth academy walked again to the centre circle beaming a broad grin.
City’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 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 say Haaland “could have really picked the fallacious membership”.
“He may need picked the fallacious membership to get the most effective out of him,” Carragher informed Sky Sports after City’s loss.
“You are laughing however we’re not seeing all the things from Erling Haaland at Manchester City. Not due to Erling Haaland.
“We can say they’re a special workforce, however they’ve scored precisely the identical quantity of targets. He has scored 25 Premier League targets however Man City as a workforce have scored the identical quantity of targets, however they’ve conceded extra.
Haaland didn’t have a lot of an influence. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
“It’s far simpler to counter-attack them as effectively. They are a special workforce and a lesser workforce with Erling Haaland, however once more it’s not his fault. Manchester City as a workforce is not going to play end-to-end soccer, it’s not Pep Guardiola’s approach.
“His gamers don’t have the power, or the ability 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 folks penned in.
“Haaland will nonetheless rating 25 league targets and lots of these is coming from a cross that you’re placing in. But we’re not seeing the complete package deal of what this participant can do due to the workforce that he has really 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.
City got here from two targets down at half-time to beat Tottenham 4-2 on the Etihad Stadium in January.
But with City 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 City 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.
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