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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Hat-trick Hero Kane Leads Depleted Spurs Over Modest Apoel Nicosia

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as Tottenham maintained their 100% start in the Champions League with victory over Apoel Nicosia.

APOEL’s entire starting eleven was assembled for the decidedly modest sum of £2.7m and the Cypriot side have failed to keep a clean sheet at home in their past nine Champions League home fixtures, but they frequently tested Hugo Lloris in goal and rattled the crossbar in the first-half.

Kane – who also scored twice in Spurs’ opening win over Borussia Dortmund – put his side ahead in the 39th minute, slotting into the bottom-left corner from Toby Alderweireld’s pass.

The England striker then calmly stroked in Moussa Sissoko’s cross from the edge of the penalty area in the 62nd minute to double the lead.

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He completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a header into the bottom corner.

Kane’s three goals were Tottenham’s first three shots on target in the match, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side had earlier rode their luck at times.

Apoel hit the crossbar through Igor de Camargo’s fierce shot in the 19th minute, while Hugo Lloris was forced into two smart saves after the break with the score 1-0.

But Kane’s clinical performance was the difference and he has now scored six hat-tricks in 2017 and five goals in the Champions League this season.

The win takes Tottenham level on points with Real Madrid at the top of Group H and importantly six points clear of Borussia Dortmund who lost at home against Real.

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