Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland: Kane provides breakthrough against bunkered Black Cats

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  • Harry Kane scored in his 2nd straight PL game
  • Spurs moved to third in the league table

Tottenham Hotspur took their time breaking down Sunderland’s defense, but a mistake by Papy Djilobodji let them through, and Harry Kane capitalized for a 1-0 lead at White Hart Lane.

Spurs started on the front foot and came close just four minutes in, with Moussa Sissoko rifling just wide from the top corner of the box. They pushed forward again but Jordan Pickford stood tall to Kane in the 9th minute with the England international looking to touch home Heung-Min Son‘s cross.

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The home side continued to make a case for the opener, but Toby Alderweireld directed his open header directly at Pickford after 15 minutes. The wastefulness continued as Victor Wanyama fired wide in the 25th minute after a number of blocked shots.

Sunderland began to sit deeper and deeper, content to wall off Spurs from Pickford’s goal. As a result, the game slowed to a crawl as neither side threatened. Spurs unlocked the bunkered defense in the 38th minute, cutting inside and firing towards the near post, but it agonizingly skittered wide. That sparked another spell of heavy Spurs pressure, with Sissoko heading just over off a corner.

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19 Tottenham shots were on most viewers’ minds as the game reached halftime, but Sunderland very nearly went ahead just before the break, cutting through the lazy Spurs defense. Adnan Januzaj rounded Toby Alderweireld and picked out Steven Pienaar at point-blank range, but while the former Everton man evaded Hugo Lloris, he could not get the ball past Kyle Walker who cleared off the line.

In the second half, Spurs were on top but not until the 55th minute did they find a cutting edge. Son continued to prove dangerous, sliding a cross right along the face of goal, but Kane wasn’t within range.

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Kane was there, however, to provide the eventual breakthrough. A cross from Kyle Walker dropped in front of goal, and Sunderland defender Djilobodji whiffed on the clear, leaving Kane all alone to poke home easily for a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute.

Spurs continued their pressure looking for a second, and nearly had it nine minutes from time. Kane won the ball back just atop the box, and substitute Erik Lamela had his effort deflected just wide. Lamela had another go a few minutes later, a curling effort that just sailed wide as Pickford impressively got his fingertips to it. As Sunderland gave it a go with the game ticking down and significant , Januzaj earned his second yellow card and was sent off in the 89th minute.

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The win for Spurs moves them into third place with eight points, although it didn’t come without a price as Kane went down in the final few minutes after landing awkwardly on his ankle. Sunderland remains on just a single point through five league matches.