Tottenham have closed in on Leicester City after two apiece from Harry Kane and Dele Alli secured a 4-0 win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.
- Stoke City 0 Tottenham 4
- Kane with a brace
- Alli also at the double
- Leicester now 5 points ahead
Spurs went ahead early on through a lovely effort from Harry Kane, but looked nervous in the second half against an invigorated Potters side that made their one-goal lead look awfully volatile.
But tensions were eased when Dele Alli received a fantastic assist from Christian Eriksen to chip home their second, and he should have had another soon afterwards, but having rounded goalkeeper Shay Given he saw his attempt hit the post.
It didn’t matter though, as Spurs wrapped it up soon afterwards, with Erik Lamela putting one on the plate for Kane, before Alli volleyed home Eriksen’s cross to ensure that Spurs reduced Leicester City’s lead to a mere five points with four matches left to play.
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Spurs made an aggressive start and took just nine minutes to open the scoring, with Harry Kane receiving the ball on the left corner of the box before cutting in onto his right foot and curling one past Shay Given and inside the far post.
A couple minutes before and Kane had missed his first chance that arrived courtesy of a nice through-ball from Erik Lamela, but he couldn’t quite get it out of his feet for the shot, and by the time he let loose with a low effort Given was there for the block.
Stoke came within inches of going two goals behind in the 42nd minute when Christian Eriksen latched onto Dele Alli’s backheel to go clean through on goal, but instead of keeping his cool the Danish playmaker went for the emphatic and struck it against the crossbar.
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Spurs came close again in the 54th minute when Kyle Walker got forward down the right and his attempt to get the ball in the box saw it fall awkwardly for Eriksen, who did well to help it along for Alli to take the shot, but it was a tough one to hit first-time and under pressure, and the youngster couldn’t keep it down.
Spurs had looked desperate for a two-goal cushion throughout the second half, and got it when a peach of an aerial through-ball from Eriksen on the halfway line picked out Alli’s run between the two centre-backs, and the youngster did the rest with a chipped finish over Given in goal.
Alli should have had his second just a couple of minutes later when another pass sneaked through to him and gave him the momentum to go round the diving Irish goalkeeper, but he couldn’t squeeze it in, and saw his effort bounce back off the upright.
But Spurs had their third soon afterwards through Kane after Alli had put Lamela in behind the Potters defence. The Argentine winger had his English colleague alongside him, and squared it for the Premier League top scorer to tuck home with ease.
Alli then got his second of the game when Eriksen went on a mazy little dribble down the left side of the box and dinked a ball across goal where Alli was arriving to meet it on the penalty spot with a well-struck volley.