Soccer

No Harry Kane, no problem as Lucas Moura fires a treble

14 April 2019 - 00:00 By AFP


Tottenham proved they can cope without Harry Kane and retook third place in the Premier League as Lucas Moura's hat-trick inspired a 4-0 demolition of Huddersfield in the Premier League yesterday.
Despite the absence of injured stars Kane and Dele Alli, Mauricio Pochettino's much-changed side made it three victories from their first three games at the impressive Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama got the opener before Brazilian forward Lucas took centre-stage with an eye-catching treble.
Bidding to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top-four finish, Tottenham are a point clear of fourth-placed Chelsea, who face leaders Liverpool today.
It was a reassuring afternoon for Tottenham, whose 1-0 quarterfinal first-leg win over City on Tuesday came at a heavy cost.
Kane is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering yet another ankle ligament injury, this time in a tackle on City's Fabian Delph, while Alli fractured a hand.
Midfielder Harry Winks was ruled out of yesterday's game with a groin injury.
But for all the panic about Kane's injury potentially ruining Tottenham's hopes of a successful end to the season, they have won all five of their league games without the England striker this season.
Much sterner tests than Huddersfield lie ahead, including successive Champions League and Premier League matches at City next week, so Pochettino made seven changes, leaving Son Heung-min, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier on the bench.
Tottenham deservedly took the lead thanks to two of their understudies in the 24th minute. Ben Davies passed towards Llorente and the Spaniard used his strength to hold off Jon Gorenc Stankovic, allowing the ball to run to Wanyama. Bursting into the space behind the Huddersfield defence, Wanyama cleverly rounded goalkeeper Ben Hamer before slotting into the empty net.
Three minutes later Moussa Sissoko dinked a pass into Lucas's path and the Brazilian took a touch before drilling a fierce shot across Hamer into the far corner
The often-maligned Llorente has quietly had a hand in 15 goals in 18 starts for Tottenham, scoring 11 and setting up four.
He almost got another with a volley that cannoned off the crossbar.
Lucas, a candidate to start against City, stole the show in the second half, controlling Eriksen's pass to smash home the third goal in the 87th minute. Lucas wasn't content with that as he ran through to drive another fine finish past Hamer for the first hat-trick at Tottenham's new stadium.
The former Paris Saint Germain star was cheered off as he celebrated his man-of-the match performance with a kickabout with his one-year-old son on the pitch after the match.

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