Harry Kane showed his renewed commitment to his club’s cause by scoring two goals in his first game of the season. Through the stages of the group Europa Conference LeagueWhich Giovanni Lo Celso secured a third goal, may not be the height of Tottenham’s ambitions but Kane’s role in an exciting team performance raised the musical mood around Tottenham.
A day after the pledge His immediate future for Tottenham, perhaps while trying to block out envious thoughts about Champions League group stage drawKane started his first game of the season – in the competition for third-tier clubs in Europe.
He was assigned the captain’s armband after leaving his Manchester City leanings on the shelf, and was the final update available for Tottenham’s attack after last week. Lime 1-0 defeat in the go. Lucas Moura also proved to be a dynamic addition to the squad of eight players who started that loss.
Spurs fans cheered Kane on the pitch and Christian Romero, who had a brilliant performance in central defence, gave him a chance to turn up the volume within 20 seconds of kick-off. But after the defender hit a fine diagonal pass, Kane directed his shot wide as goalkeeper Andre Ferreira blocked him. This is just an almost inevitable delay.
Kane opened the scoring for the dominant host in the ninth minute. Harry Winks was the instigator, exemplifying the host’s strength by slipping to win the ball down midfield and then firing Brian Gill down the left. From the byline, the impressive Spaniard picked Kane, who made a touchdown to control the ball before urging it to pass Ferreira from seven yards.
With Jill and Lucas steady on the wings and Winks and Lo Celso advancing in midfield behind Kane, who has alternated between deep falls and leading the line, Spurs threatened to overwhelm their opponents. They were aggressive, intelligent and decisive. Lo Celso dodged two defenders in the penalty area in the 17th minute and sent the ball rolling towards the back post, as Rhian Sessegnon tried to help it into the net but was unable to touch it.
Gill hit the post with a deflected shot from the edge of the box just after half an hour, and it looked like it was only a matter of time before Spurs went ahead on aggregate. Little time, as it turned out: Kane scored his second goal in the 34th minute, netting from 10 yards after a shot was stopped by Lo Celso.
Backos, who are 12th in the Portuguese league, was technically brilliant but struggled to match Spurs’ energy and quality. They approached the second half as close to the first, holding their own as they pursued breakout opportunities. But Spurs had no intention of easing up. Lo Celso hit a free kick cross in the 50th minute.
Then the Bacchus became bolder, and their hints of danger reminded Spurs that the lead was precarious. Lo Celso should have secured it but stopped his shot after a high-level serve from Matt Doherty. Jill then digs wide after another smooth step. In the end, Lo Celso made sure of the win with an unintended help from Vitorino Antunes, who assisted in the Argentine’s free kick from the right flanked his own net.
He then pulled Nuno Kane out to save him on Sunday and possibly his first start in the league this season. “He did a good job,” Nuno said. “He is improving. He has had chances and scored and that is the best help he can give the team. We are happy that we can count on Harry.”