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Ending Wembley curse bodes well for Europa tilt: Kane

Tottenham 3 CSKA Moscow 1

By Robert Jones

Striker Harry Kane is hoping Tottenham have seen the end of their Wembley curse and can now build on their 3-1 win against CSKA Moscow as they drop into the Europa League.

Spurs' Champions League campaign is over after home defeats to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen proved costly for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

They had lost their last six matches at the national stadium, but recovered from going a goal down to ease to victory against the Russians and offer hope for a successful Europa League run.

Kane, who scored Spurs' second, said: "That's what we wanted to put right (winning at Wembley). Obviously a lot of people have been talking about it and it's been a bit annoying, so it was good to go out and win.

"Now we go into the Europa League which means we'll be playing here again, so we can build on this and hopefully go far in that competition."

When asked what the Spurs squad had learned from their Champions League games, Kane added: "I think to be better at home. You've got to make sure you win your home games, especially against top teams.

"You are playing the best teams in Europe so you can't rely on away results which we have done this season.

"But we finished the campaign well and restored a bit of pride to send the fans home happy. Now we just have to concentrate on the Premier League and the Europa League."

Dele Alli, who scored one goal and made a second, could easily have been celebrating more and he said: "It's frustrating when you have an easy chance like my first and you don't put it away.

"I had a couple more chances after that and started getting frustrated so it was important when I got my chance again I put it away and it was good to get the first goal and build on that.

"We felt as soon as the first whistle went we were dominating. Their goal was definitely against the run of play but we had the chance to come again and we knew that if we put them away and stuck to the game plan we would win the game."

Spurs missed four golden chances then switched off at the back and Zoran Tosic beat Jan Vertonghen to flick on Natcho's long ball. Alan Dzagoev ran onto it, away from Eric Dier, giving the Russians a remarkable lead.

Spurs could have collapsed then, but they did not, and Alli crashed home into the far top corner.

Now everything looked easy, and Spurs even found time, in first-half added time, to score a second. Christian Eriksen clipped the ball round the corner to Danny Rose. He hit a first time cross and there was Kane at the far post to tap in.

After almost eight weeks out with a knee injury, Toby Alderweireld returned, replacing Victor Wanyama to a standing ovation. His first touch was a diagonal to Georges N'Koudou, launching a move which ended with Alli firing over.

When the two-goal cushion arrived, it owed to a lucky bounce. Alli headed Kane's cross at Igor Akinfeev, who dived but kicked the ball into his net.

Manchester United will not be this bad on Sunday, but Spurs have their confidence back.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama (Alderweireld 68), Winks, Eriksen, Alli, Son (Nkoudou 62), Kane (Onomah 83). Goals: Alli 38, Kane 46, Akinfeev (og) 77. Subs not used: Vorm, Sissoko, Dembélé, Wimmer

CSKA: Akinfeev, Nababkin, Berezutski, Berezutski, Schennikov, Natcho, Golovin (Chalov 45), Tosic (Gordyushenko 71), Dzagoev, Milanov, Traoré (Strandberg 79). Goal: Dzagoev 33. Subs not used: Chepchugov, Ignashevich

Man of the match: Alli

Match rating: 6/10 Ref: Nicola Rizzoli

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