Leicester 1-6 Tottenham: Harry Kane scores four in thrashing
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 19/05/17 8:29am
Harry Kane scored four goals to take him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts as Tottenham thrashed Leicester 6-1 on Thursday.
Tottenham took the lead midway through the first half through the England striker, sweeping home inside the box after Heung-Min Son's cross.
Son then added a second on 36 minutes, finishing on the volley from 15 yards after Dele Alli's delightful scooped assist, before Ben Chilwell made it 2-1 following some questionable goalkeeping by Hugo Lloris after the break.
Kane scored his second of the game, heading in from close range on 63 minutes, and Son made it four with 20 minutes remaining, finishing well into the bottom corner from 20 yards after Kane had fed him.
But Kane had the last say once again, firing home from 20 yards late on for 5-1, before adding a fourth with another low effort from the edge of the box past Kasper Schmeichel, taking his tally to 26 for the season, two ahead of Everton's Romelu Lukaku in the Premier League scoring charts.
Mauricio Pochettino put out a strong Tottenham side despite having second place already secured, and though they had much of the play early on, the first chance fell to Leicester.
Jamie Vardy forced Hugo Lloris into a good save after Riyad Mahrez slipped him through on goal on 10 minutes, but it was one-way traffic thereafter.
Son missed a golden chance to give Spurs the lead, blazing over the bar from 15 yards after Alli's through ball, but it was 1-0 on 25 minutes.
Having got to the byline, Son cut back for Kane, who swept home from eight yards, despite the ball being slightly behind him.
The creator turned scorer 11 minutes later, as Son volleyed home into the bottom corner from 15 yards after Alli's superb chipped pass over the top of the Leicester defence.
Leicester improved after the break, and though Son went close with an acrobatic effort from Kane's dinked ball, the hosts soon halved the deficit.
Lloris made a hash of his clearance as he came rushing out of the penalty area, allowing Wilfred Ndidi to feed Chilwell, who composed himself and slotted home for his first senior goal as the Spurs goalkeeper slipped attempting to get back.
But Spurs regained their two-goal cushion just four minutes later through Kane, nodding home from close range after Moussa Sissoko had headed the ball back across goal from a Toby Alderweireld cross.
Son got his second on 71 minutes, curling beyond Schmeichel into the bottom corner from 20 yards after Kane's pass in midfield to make it 4-1, before Kane himself took over the game.
Kane grabbed his hat-trick on 89 minutes, cutting inside on the edge of the box before firing brilliantly past Schmeichel at his near post from 20 yards.
Minutes later it was six for Spurs and four for Kane, again finishing into the bottom corner with a fierce effort from the edge of the box.
Kane has now scored 96 goals for Spurs at the age of just 23, and is the first Tottenham player since Jimmy Greaves in 1968/69 to score four hat-tricks in a season.
Leicester: Schmeichel (4), Chilwell (5), Simpson (4), Fuchs (4), Benalouane (4), Albrighton (4), Amartey (4), Ndidi (5), Mahrez (4), Vardy (4), Okazaki (4)
Subs: Gray (4), Musa (NA), Slimani (4).
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Dier (7), Davies (6), Wanyama (7), Sissoko (6), Dembele (7), Son (9), Kane (10), Alli (8)
Subs: Janssen (6), Lesniak (NA), Nkoudou (NA)
Man of the match: Harry Kane