Kane’s scoring goal gives Tottenham victory and also helps Arsenal

Harry Kane broke Tottenham’s all-time record with a goal – his 267th for the club – which will have been celebrated almost as jubilantly by the other north London side.

The England captain’s killer strike earned Tottenham a 1-0 win on Sunday over Manchester City, who were looking for a victory to close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to two points.

In the end, Arsenal weren’t punished for their 1-0 loss at Everton on Saturday – and that’s perhaps no surprise. After all, City have not won, or even scored, in five games at Tottenham’s new stadium, in either the Premier League or the Champions League.

Even the absence of Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, recuperating in his native Italy after having his gallbladder removed this week, could not change the narrative around this particular game.

Kane netted the winner in the 15th minute after Pierre-Emile Højbjerg intercepted a pass from City midfielder Rodri and set the striker up to score his 200th Premier League goal. Only two other players – Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208) – have reached that figure.

Kane broke Tottenham’s all-time goal tie with the late Jimmy Greaves, who played for the club from 1961 to 1970.

City were the architect of their own downfall for the goal, just as they were when they conceded two sloppy first-half goals against Tottenham last month before rallying for a 4-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

This time there was no comeback despite a second-half resurgence brought on by the introduction of Kevin De Bruyne, who was benched for the second game in a row against Tottenham, and the 87th-minute dismissal by Cristian Romero for a second yellow card.

City lost for the fourth time this season in the league and remained five points behind Arsenal, who are one game less as they seek a first top-flight title since 2004.

Fifth-placed Tottenham fell one point behind fourth-placed Newcastle in the race to qualify for the Champions League.


Keylor Navas has swapped a Champions League contender for a Premier League relegation contender. He immediately looked home.

The Costa Rican goalkeeper produced a series of superb saves on his debut for Forest in their 1-0 win over Leeds which moved the side six points clear of the relegation zone.

“Exceptional and composed,” said Forest manager Steve Cooper of the three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, who left Paris Saint-Germain this week. “The obvious talking points are the saves, and rightly he deserves all the credit for that, but I loved his composure, his game management and his decision-making.”

Brennan Johnson scored the 14th-minute winner for Forest, who have won three of their last four league games and are 13th.

Leeds are in 17th place in the 20-team league and only out of relegation positions on goal difference.


American midfielder Weston McKennie made his debut for Leeds as a second-half substitute and featured alongside international team-mate Tyler Adams.

With Brenden Aaronson also in the squad, Leeds became the first team to have three United States internationals playing in the same Premier League season since 2012-13, when Stoke had Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu.

Leeds manager Jesse Marsch is another American at the club and knows he is under pressure ahead of a game at Manchester United on Wednesday, which is Leeds’ current fixture.

“I have to find a way to turn more good performances into wins, because that’s exactly where we are and have been for a little while,” Marsch said.

“I understand the frustration and the doubts. Inwardly we have the belief here. We do.”


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