Tottenham 5-2 Southampton: All hail Harry Kane

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  • Harry Kane has scored 39 PL goals in 2017
  • Kane has 56 goals in all competitions in 2017 for club and country, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues
  • Spurs move into top four; Saints with 1 win in 11

Tottenham Hotspur beat Southampton 5-2 on Boxing Day as Harry Kane scored a hat trick to become highest scorer in Premier League history in a single calendar year.

Kane struck twice in the first half and once late on to complete a stunning hat trick as his incredible 2017 comes to an end.

Southampton’s consolation goals came from Sofiane Boufal and Dusan Tadic as they’re now winless in seven games and just two points above the relegation zone on 19 points. Spurs are now in fourth on 37 points.

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Early on Kane had a glorious chance to open the scoring. A sloppy pass from Southampton let in Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen with the latter crossing for Kane but his effort hit the side-netting from close range.

Eriksen then had the ball in the net but his effort was correctly chalked off for being in an offside position. Dele Alli volleyed over soon as Spurs pressed hard and Saints planned to hit them on the break.

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Spurs did go ahead after 22 minutes with Kane scoring his record-breaking 37th Premier League of the calendar year.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fouled Danny Rose on the edge of the box and from Eriksen’s subsequent free kick Kane nodded home. A historic moment.

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Saints nearly drew level in comical fashion soon after as Sofiane Boufal’s shot was pushed into the air by Hugo Lloris, then Rose’s header backed to him slipped through the goalkeepers hands, hit the post and his leg and somehow stayed out.

Kane then doubled his and Spurs’ tally before the break with as Alli fed Son and his cross found Kane to tap home his 38th PL goal and 55th for club and country in all competitions in 2017.

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After the break Saints had two decent chances to get back into the game with Shane Long racing clear but fluffing his shot, then Mario Lemina dancing inside and smashing a wonderful effort against the crossbar. That brief moment of hope soon dissipated for Saints as two lightning counter attacks from Tottenham finished things off.

A break away saw Alli place an effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, then a bad giveaway from Nathan Redmond saw Alli feed Son and he finished to make it 4-0.

Boufal then hammered home at the near post to grab a consolation goal for Saints as Lloris was beaten at his near post.

Kane sealed yet another hat trick with a lovely dinked finish and despite substitute Tadic scoring a lobbed finish to make it 5-2.

Saints went close on multiple occasions late on as Spurs switched off, but Kane ended the game soon before they showed any real attacking intent.

Video: Fekir’s brilliant free kick has Lyon leading PSG

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Paris-Saint Germain has established itself as one of Europe’s best sides, but their opponent on Sunday isn’t playing scared against Neymar and Co.

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Lyon has taken a 1-0 lead inside the opening two minutes against the Parisians after a stunning free kick by Nabil Fekir caught PSG keeper Alphonse Aréola off his line.

The hosts could move all the way up to second place today with a victory over PSG, who holds the league lead in Ligue 1 with a nine-point advantage.

The 24-year-old Fekir has been a revelation for Lyon in his fifth season with the club, scoring his 19th goal in all competitions on Sunday.

That total has already surpassed his career-high from the 2014/15 season, when he eclipsed 15 goals.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie injured in Schalke draw

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Look away, U.S. Men’s National Team fans.

American and Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie was forced out of Sunday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Hanover 96 after the 19-year-old collided with Felix Kraus.

McKennie, who entered the match in the 62nd minute for Leon Goretzka, managed to stay on the field for nearly 20 minutes before being substituted out.

To this point there has been no indication that the young USMNT player’s injury is serious.

More to follow…

Watford announces Gracia as Silva replacement

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Watford’s replacement for fired manager Marco Silva is indeed veteran Spanish boss Javi Gracia.

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The Hornets announced the 47-year-old’s hiring on Sunday, hours after firing Silva and blaming Everton’s pursuit of the manager for the club’s fall from European contender to the fringe of a relegation battle.

Watford is still four points clear of the drop following Southampton’s draw with Spurs on Sunday.

Gracia led Malaga to eighth and ninth place finishes in La Liga between 2014-16 before spending last season at Rubin Kazan.

Gracia, 47, has led promotion campaigns in Spain and has plenty of experience with perceived smaller clubs battling the drop zone.

Watford will hope the Hornets don’t reach that point after flirting with the Top Seven for the first quarter of the Premier League season.

Pochettino on sloppy Spurs draw, dismisses Malcom “rumor”

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Mauricio Pochettino knows St. Mary’s well, and the ex-Southampton boss has managed a rainy, sloppy match or three there in the past.

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So he knows it’s possible to play well in those circumstances, leaving him feeling like Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday was a wasted opportunity against a struggling Saints side.

“It is temporary that Southampton are in the relegation zone, for sure they will push up the table,” Pochettino said. “It is two points we are going to miss at the end of the season because it is so tough between six or seven teams.”

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So why couldn’t Spurs find their foothold? Well, aside from sickness keeping Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris out of the lineup, a bug that may’ve affected more on the team, Spurs just weren’t up to snuff.

“We struggled to play,” Pochettino said. “It was in possession, we made mistakes which allowed them to play. To win the game we should do better and play better. It wasn’t great.

Pochettino was also asked about Spurs’ reported pursuit of 20-year-old Bordeaux star Malcom, who has seven goals and five assists in Ligue 1 this season.

“That is a rumor and I don’t want to speak about it. I am happy with our squad. We are open to quality players but you know very well it is difficult in this transfer window.”