Burnley 0-3 Tottenham: Harry Kane nets hat-trick as Spurs go fifth
Last Updated: 24/12/17 6:54am
Harry Kane scored his seventh hat-trick of 2017 as Tottenham moved above Burnley into fifth with a 3-0 victory at Turf Moor.
Kane opened the scoring from the penalty spot on six minutes after Dele Alli, who was lucky to avoid a red card for a wild early challenge on Charlie Taylor, went down in the box.
Spurs dominated from that moment on and should have been further ahead by the time Kane netted two second-half goals to take his tally of goals for club and country in 2017 to 53 goals.
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The 24-year-old's treble also sees him equal Alan Shearer's record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year.
The result ends a run of five games without an away win for Spurs, who also move above Arsenal and to within one point of Liverpool in fourth.
Burnley: Pope (5), Taylor (5), Mee (5), Bardsley (5), Long (4), Cork (5), Hendrick (5), Defour (6), Gudmundsson (5), Arfield (5), Wood (5)
Subs: Vokes (5), Barnes (5)
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Vertonghen (7), Sanchez (7), Dier (7), Aurier (7), Davies (7), Son (7), Eriksen (7), Alli (8), Sissoko (7), Kane (9).
Subs: Lamela (6), Llorente (6), Dembele (6)
Man of the Match: Harry Kane
Alli felt the wrath of the home fans in the fourth minute for a lunging tackle on Taylor and then sent them into a further frenzy two minutes later when he went down in the area under a challenge from Kevin Long.
Kane stepped up and sent Nick Pope the wrong way to settle any early nerves for the visitors.
Alli was booed by Clarets fans every time he touched the ball, but he kept his cool to send Moussa Sissoko through on goal but he was denied twice by Pope.
Tottenham spurned another chance at the start of the second period as Heung-Min Son blazed over from 10 yards out.
There were four changes for Tottenham from their humbling defeat at Manchester City with Davison Sanchez returning from suspension and recalls for Serge Aurier, Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko. Sean Dyche made just one switch and it was an enforced one with James Tarkowski unavailable through suspension – Kevin Long replaced him.
The second goal was coming as Burnley offered little in terms of forward play and arrived when Sissoko's pass sent Kane through on goal and he finished with ease.
The three points were sealed with 10 minutes to go when Alli set up Kane, who had started the move with a thumping tackle.
Man of the match: Harry Kane
Who else? As others around him were losing their heads in front of goal, Spurs' main man kept his with three cool finishes to take his tally for the Premier League season to 15 - level with Mohamed Salah at the top of the charts. The pick of his three strikes was his final effort which was triggered by a strong tackle and ended with a fine finish.
- Burnley conceded as many goals in this game as they had in their previous nine at Turf Moor combined this season.
- Spurs are the first visiting team to score three or more in a Premier League game at Turf Moor since Crystal Palace in January 2015 (3-2).
- This was only Burnley's second Premier League home defeat in the month of December (P12 W6 D4 L2), with the other coming against Liverpool on Boxing Day in 2014.
- Kane has now scored 93 goals in the Premier League - second only to Teddy Sheringham (97) for goals in the competition for Spurs.
Burnley face a tricky trip to Manchester United on Boxing Day while Tottenham are first up with a 12.30 kick-off at Wembley against Southampton, live on Sky Sports Premier League.