Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as Tottenham maintained their 100% start in the Champions League with a victory over Apoel Nicosia.
Kane – who also scored twice in Spurs’ opening win over Borussia Dortmund – put his side ahead in the 39th minute, slotting into the bottom-left corner from Toby Alderweireld’s pass.
Mauricio Pochettino had briefly run out of superlatives for Harry Kane before this match but, after watching a ‘perfect’ hat-trick here of left foot, right foot and header, those increasingly-tempting comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi became impossible to resist.
Indeed, with Tottenham now level on points at the top of Champions League Group H with Ronaldo’s Real Madrid, Pochettino even took the bold step of suggesting that he would prefer Kane in his team. “Cristiano is fantastic; one of the best,” said Pochettino. “Harry is one of the best and maybe better because he is young but I cannot talk about that because both are fantastic. Why do you have to choose?
“Cristiano is fantastic; one of the best,” said Pochettino. “Harry is one of the best and maybe better because he is young but I cannot talk about that because both are fantastic. Why do you have to choose?
The England striker then calmly stroked in Moussa Sissoko’s cross from the edge of the penalty area in the 62nd minute to double the lead.
He completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a header into the bottom corner.
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