Harry Kane continued his white-hot goalscoring form to fire Tottenham Hotspur into the knockout stages of the Europa League courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Qarabag this evening.
The England forward found the net for the ninth time in six games after 78 minutes of deadlock in Baku. He took up the perfect position to poach the winner from Son Heung-Min’s near-post flick.
White Hart Lane’s homegrown hero now has 46 goals in 96 games for Tottenham, with 29 of those appearances coming as a substitute, and has found the net against 26 different opponents.*
Mauricio Pochettino may have chosen to rest Kane and others ahead of Sunday’s visit of Chelsea in the Premier League, but his strong team selection was vindicated by the qualifying-clinching result.
A point at home to AS Monaco, who lost at home to Anderlecht tonight, in a fortnight’s time will secure Tottenham top spot in Group J. All three of the other teams can still join them in the last 32.
*For those stat geeks that are dying to know, we have kindly listed Kane’s full list of victims in chronological order below.
Shamrock Rovers, Hull City, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, AEl Limassol, Nottingham Forest, Besiktas, Asteras Tripoli, Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Swansea City, Newcastle United, Burnley, Leicester City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham United, QPR, Everton, Manchester City, Bournemouth, Anderlecht and Qarabag.
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