Date published: Thursday 5th November 2020 7:45
Harry Kane lit up the occasion by bringing up his 200th goal for the club after guiding Tottenham to a comfortable Europa League victory in Bulgaria.
Tottenham flew out of the traps in the early minutes, and could’ve scored what would’ve gone down as one of the goals of the competition after just 80 seconds.
A superb piece of one-touch passing play deep within Ludogorets’ half sent Harry Kane through on goal after a delightful chipped pass from Harry Winks.
The usually clinical marksman’s radar went haywire, however, with his first-time volley blazing over the crossbar from close range.
Sensing the opportunity to rack up his European goals tally, Kane continued to be at the heart of things, and duly rattled a long-range strike off the base of the post soon after.
The centre-forward was not to be denied for long, and brought up his 200th Tottenham goal in just his 300th appearances after evading his marker to nod home from a corner.
200 – Harry Kane has scored his 200th goal for Tottenham Hotspur, the third player to reach the milestone for the club. His strike tonight was also his 100th away from home for Spurs. Elite. #LUDTOT pic.twitter.com/wFY3WN6S0K
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 5, 2020
Spurs threatened to run riot against their noticeably inferior opponents.
Matt Doherty forced a smart stop from Plamen Iliev after Kane’s square ball to Lucas Moura with the goal gaping narrowly cut out seconds prior.
The second goal seemed an inevitability, and so it proved just after the half hour mark.
In almost a carbon of the event minutes before, Kane’s squared the ball to Lucas at the far post, but this time the Brazilian had ghosted away from his marker to tap home to double Spurs’ advantage.
Their Bulgarian opponents ventured forward for a rare foray as the half drew to a close, but their attack was easily distinguished as Spurs went into the break two goals to the good.
Jose Mourinho substituted Kane at half-time, indicating the Portuguese expected a straight forward second half. Sadly for Spurs fans he was to be disappointed, as Tottenham were hit with an immediate sucker punch.
A deflected shot looped over the entire Spurs backline to the onrushing Claudiu Keșerü who showed great patience and technique to slot the ball home on the volley.
Son Heung-min was brought on at the hour mark to prevent the unthinkable, and made an immediate impact to effectively put the game to bed.
The South Korean latched onto a through ball as Spurs broke at pace, before squaring it to Giovani Lo Celso to tap into the empty net.
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That goal seemed to sap the fight out of Ludogorets, who were content to prevent a heavy defeat as the game wound down.
Mourinho continued to ring the changes as the contest devolved into a glorified training session, but the scores remained the same as Tottenham emerged victorious via a 3-1 scoreline.