Harry Kane hits a hat-trick as Spurs come from behind to thrash Bournemouth
Harry Kane scored his third Tottenham hat-trick as the Lilywhites came from a goal down to triumph 5-1 at Bournemouth and end a four-match winless run.
Spurs had a nightmare start, conceding inside the very first minute as Matt Ritchie gave the Cherries an early lead – but they hit back with three goals in half an hour, aided by poor goalkeeping from Artur Boruc, who had a nightmare game.
Kane scored a penalty and goals from Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a 3-1 lead at the break before Kane struck twice more in the second period, registering his third hat-trick after previously netting trebles against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League last October and against Leicester in March.
Tottenham were consequently victorious for the first time in five games in all competitions and moved up to sixth place in the Premier League table.
There were four changes to the Spurs side that had lost to Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday. Kane was recalled up front, while Dele Alli came back into the midfield and Pochettino swapped both of the full-backs as usual, reintroducing Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.
Rose was at fault as Bournemouth took the lead after just 49 seconds – the earliest goal in the Premier League so far this season. Charlie Daniels crossed from the left and Rose was too central as the ball beat all of Spurs’ defenders and reached the unmarked Ritchie, who fired into the bottom right corner.
The home side’s lead lasted for just eight minutes though. The excellent Christian Eriksen turned neatly past Ritchie and Simon Francis on the left flank and played in Kane, who prodded the ball past Boruc and was felled by the goalkeeper’s outstretched leg. Referee Roger East pointed to the spot and Kane slotted into the bottom right corner, scoring his second goal of the season for his club.
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Joshua King sent a glancing header just wide from a Ritchie cross at the other end, but it was Tottenham who took the lead, with a large slice of luck, in the 17th minute.
Eriksen took a short free kick to Rose, whose powerful 25-yard strike ricocheted kindly for Mousa Dembele, and the Belgian - who was playing in the No10 role - only had to take a touch to go through on goal before beating Boruc with ease.
Spurs went close again as Eriksen whipped in a corner, with Alli’s flicked header being palmed away by Boruc at the near post. But the home keeper made another costly gaffe as the visitors went 3-1 up in the 29th minute, dropping Kane’s chipped cross in his six-yard box and presenting Lamela with a gift.
Bournemouth threatened in first-half injury time as a Ritchie cross forced a good challenge from Walker and then a goalline clearance from Toby Alderweireld, and when a low cross came in from the far side, King swivelled and hit the post with Hugo Lloris rooted to the spot.
Boruc avoided another calamity after the break as Dembele charged down his attempted clearance – fortunately for the Pole the ball rebounded straight to him. But Spurs increased their lead in the 56th minute anyway, with Eriksen whipping in a fine inswinging ball from the left and Kane sliding in to double his tally for the day.
The 22-year-old completed his hat-trick seven minutes later. His strike from just inside the box drew a save from Boruc and, when the corner came in, Alderweireld’s header was also saved but fell for Kane, who finished at close range.
Ritchie’s 25-yard strike was tipped over by Lloris but Eriksen nearly added to Tottenham’s goal haul with a glorious 25-yard shot which curled around the despairing Boruc, only to crash off the right post.
Boruc could have conceded another penalty as he failed to gather Eric Dier’s low cross and tripped Kane but the game then quietened down, and Pochettino introduced Ryan Mason – who made his return from a knee injury – while giving Kieran Trippier his first taste of Premier League action in a lilywhite shirt and swapping Kane for Clinton Njie.
Njie nearly scored within seconds of coming on as he ran in behind, checked back and sent a low shot towards the bottom left corner – but Boruc saved.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker (Trippier 82), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Alli, Lamela, Dembele (Mason 68), Eriksen, Kane (Njie 85)
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