Tottenham edge out Crystal Palace as Kane breaks another Rooney mark
Harry Kane scored his 26th goal of the season, and the 209th Premier League goal of his career to pass Wayne Rooney for second all-time, as Tottenham edged out Crystal Palace 1-0 in north London on Saturday.
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The victory moves Tottenham (59 points) back above Brighton for 6th place in the PL table, though the Seagulls now have three games in hand on interim boss Ryan Mason’s side. Crystal Palace (40 points), meanwhile, slip from 11th to 12th due to Chelsea’s victory over Bournemouth.
Kane’s history-making moment came in first-half stoppage time, and he played a massive part in its creation. Ben Davies found Kane in a bit of space between Crystal Palace’s lines, as Kane received the ball, popped it into the air and swiveled 180 degrees to volley a 40-yard through ball to the right flank for Pedro Porro to run onto. Porro then lofted a cross to the back post, just as Kane arrived to head it down for no. 209. Kane now trails only Alan Shearer (260) in the PL record book.
Tottenham looked set to go 2-0 up in the 76th minute when Cristian Romero found Son Heung-min with a stellar ball over the top, which the South Korean international brought down and nearly rounded Sam Johnstone in one fell swoop. Johnstone didn’t go all the way to ground, though, and got just enough of a hand to the ball as Son tried to slot it home.
Stars of the show
Tottenham will try to keep pace with Liverpool (59 points) and Brighton (55 points, and three games in hand) next Saturday (10 am ET), when they take on Aston Villa at Villa Park. Crystal Palace will continue their pursuit of a top-half finish at the same time, when they host Bournemouth.
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace, live score: 1-0
45th minute +1 - Harry Kane helps set up, finishes goal to pass Wayne Rooney
How to watch Tottenham vs Crystal Palace live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 10am ET, SaturdayTV Channel: PeacockOnline: Stream via Peacock Premium
Key storylines & in-form players to watch
Spurs have been 5-0, 2-0 and 3-1 down at half time of their last three Premier League games and they are giving themselves a huge mountain to climb. In their comeback draw against Manchester United and narrow defeat at Liverpool they have shown great spirit to get back level but it just isn’t enough if they want to stay in the top four race. Harry Kane has scored 25 goals this season but he can’t do it all on his own.
Crystal Palace have taken the handbrake off now they’re well above the relegation zone and they are fun to watch. Wilfried Zaha scored on his return from injury and has been given the captains armband as Palace try and convince him to sign a new contract. Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise have been excellent in recent weeks and whoever is the new long-term boss at Palace has a very talented squad to work with.
Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Rodrigo Bentancur (torn ACL – out for season), Yves Bissouma (foot), Emerson Royal (knee), Hugo Lloris (hip), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh)
Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Nathan Ferguson (undisclosed), James Tomkins (calf), James McArthur (unknown), Naouirou Ahamada (ankle)