Kane hat-trick helped Tottenham advance in Europa League

Harry Kane helped Tottenham cruise past Maccabi Haifa, while substitute Dele Alli was also on target in the rout.

Tottenham booked their spot in the Europa League group stages after Harry Kane’s hat-trick helped them to a thumping 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.

On Thursday night, they enjoyed seven goals against obliging opponents, with a hat-trick for Harry Kane, two for Giovani Lo Celso, one for Lucas Moura and one for Dele Alli, who won and converted a penalty in the last minute.

Jose Mourinho’s men started in blistering fashion, taking the lead after just 92 seconds when an unmarked Kane turned home Ben Davies’ cross from four yards.

The visitors replied superbly to that early setback and grabbed a deserved equaliser after 17 minutes, Chery thundering into Joe Hart’s top corner.

After three minutes, Lucas rose highest at the near post to flick Bergwijn’s corner past Josh Cohen.

Lo Celso then scored twice in the space of three minutes before the break, first whipping inside Cohen’s right-hand post from 12 yards and then lifting over the beleaguered goalkeeper from close range after being found by Kane.

Rukavytsya pulled one back for the visitors in the 52nd minute after Matt Doherty was penalised for handling inside the area, although Kane restored Spurs’ advantage four minutes later after Ernest Mabouka had been adjudged to have blocked Davies’ cross with his arm.

Kane then completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute, clipping over Cohen after wonderful work down the left from the impressive Bergwijn, before substitute Alli slotted home a stoppage-time penalty after an audacious piece of skill drew a foul from Bogdan Planic.

In another match, Milan edged their way through to the Europa League group stage with a remarkable 9-8 penalty shoot-out victory over Rio Ave, following on from a dramatic 2-2 draw between the teams on Thursday.

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