Harry Kane’s early brace saves Spurs from late come-back

West Ham hosted Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium this Saturday, for the opening game of this week’s Premier League matchday. Pochettino’s Spurs won 3-2 thanks to an early brace from Harry Kane and a splendid goal from Christian Eriksen.

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Both teams would start the game with their own share of chances, with Javier Hernández and Harry Kane being the key players of the first thirty minutes of the game – getting shots on target and creating scoring chances from all sorts of set pieces. The first goal would come from an attack led by Dele Alli down the right wing.

Tottenham’s playmaker and English international would fire a powerful cross into the box, before Harry Kane would barely touch the ball with his head, redirecting the cross into the back of the net. This would give the advantage to the visitors for the first time in the game, and be the first of two goals for the international.

The second chance would also involve Dele Alli and Harry Kane in the build-up, with Dele Alli making a run inside and missing his one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper. The ball would bounce free and find the feet of Harry Kane, who would again tuck the ball in the back of the net, and sign off a four-minute brace for the Spurs.

The second half would also see an early domination by Tottenham, with Harry Kane hitting the post off a long-range free kick. As the game approached the hour-mark, chances started getting more scarce; Spurs’ final goal would come from a splendid volley from Christian Eriksen, after getting back the ball from a missed cross from the newcomer Serge Aurier.

After this third goal, and being now behind by three goals, West Ham would finally start to show character, though this would not be enough to catch up with Tottenham. Despite world-class headers from Javier Hernández and Cheikhou Kouyaté, the game would conclude in a 3-2 win for Spurs, who are now unbeaten for their last six games.

Najib Guiti is the man behind the curtains, as well as the founder of the eponymous news website; he has written for various different news outlets in the British, American press and has had a successful career in football news reporting, mostly through his influence and presence on social media. He aims to integrate statistics in the sport whilst keeping his analysis focused on the non-quantifiable parts of the Game such as tactics and playing style.

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