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Harry Kane brace puts Tottenham in driving seat after Dinamo Zagreb first leg

Harry Kane has become Tottenham’s one man passport to European success this season.

Kane scored twice to leave Tottenham with one foot in the quarter finals and it is difficult to think of a better, more in-form striker in the Europa League.

England captain Kane has got 26 goals in all competitions, 8 in Europe this season as they made light work of Dinamo Zagreb at White Hart Lane.

Their trip to Croatia next week to complete the job now looks a formality while Kane is enjoying arguably the best season of his career.

Spurs striker Kane was substituted in the dying minutes and had an ice pack strapped to his right knee which would have set alarm bells ringing ahead of the North London derby.

Kane struck twice as Tottenham beat Dinamo Zagreb

But by the time the players left the pitch at full time, Kane headed down the tunnel minus the side pack and Tottenham fans would have breathed a huge sigh of relief because in this form no-one can stop him.

Even more important for Tottenham is Kane’s form as they look to end their 13 year wait for a trophy as their last piece of silverware came with the League Cup in 2008.

But Kane is not just scoring but is assisting as well with 16 of those in all competitions and that is why he is rapidly becoming the most feared striker in the Europa League.

Of course it was Kane for the 25th minute opener because when Tottenham need a goal it is always Kane they can rely on to provide the finishing touch.

Spurs put one foot in the last eight
Spurs put one foot in the last eight

Erik Lamela who almost slalomed his way through the Dinamo Zagreb defence, weaving his way into the box before unleashing a shot which rebounded back off the post.

There was Kane for a simple tap-in from the rebound for his 29th goal in 34 starts and it is hard to imagine he would have had an easier one from all of those – and there was more to come.

Tottenham should have had a penalty five minutes into the second half when Majer made a clumsy challenge on Tanguy Ndombele but, inexplicably, Dutch referee Serdar Gözübüyük did not give the decision and neither did the VAR.

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See? It is not just English referees and VAR officials who are making strange decisions this season. And Mourinho and his coaching staff were fuming at the decision.

But it was effectively all over in the 70th minute. Ndombele switched the play brilliantly, Serge Aurier put over a cross and Dinamo defender Kevin Théophile-Catherine made a terrible mess of a clearance.

The ball fell perfectly to Kane who even had enough time to control it, take his time and then smash it into the net to wrap things up.




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