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Europa League: Harry Kane urging Spurs to seize chance after hitting summit

Tottenham 2-1 Anderlecht

By Staff Reporter

Harry Kane insists Spurs can maintain their momentum and secure a place in the Europa League knockout stage after beating Anderlecht 2-1 at White Hart Lane last night.

Mousa Dembele scored a stunning late winner as Tottenham moved top of Group J.

A compelling contest looked to be heading for a draw after Kane's first-half finish was cancelled out by Imoh Ezekiel.

But Dembele sealed victory in the 87th minute with a superb strike into the top corner.

Kane said: "In the second-half, Anderlecht came out and made it tough for us, but they are a great team.

"However, it was great for Mousa to pull a finish out of the bag and get the three points.

"It is a very tight group, we still have a lot to do.

"Qarabag away will be a tough game and then it is Monaco at home, so hopefully we can win our next game then get the job done."

The victory is Tottenham's third in a row in all competitions and means Mauricio Pochettino's side move one point clear of Monaco with two group games left.

Kane was one of four Spurs players to be named in Roy Hodgson's England squad yesterday - along with Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker - and the striker continued his recent return to form, scoring his fifth goal in three games with a smart shot in the first-half.

Christian Eriksen flicked into the path of the striker, who finished into the left corner.

Anderlecht's early enthusiasm quickly dissipated as Spurs enjoyed the ascendancy either side of half-time.

Eriksen was replaced by Son Heung-min just before the hour, the South Korean returning from six weeks out with a foot problem, and moments later Ben Davies crashed a dipping volley against the crossbar.

As Tottenham let their intensity drop, Anderlecht capitalised, with Ezekiel nipping between Davies and Vertonghen before steering the ball past Lloris for pull the game level.

It was Dembele, however, who grabbed the spotlight, coming off the bench to seal a dramatic win by crashing a stunning strike into the top left-hand corner.

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Mason (Dembélé 73), Lamela, Alli (Onomah 77), Eriksen (Son Heung-min 59), Kane. Subs: Vorm, Fazio, Wimmer, Carroll

Anderlecht: Proto, Gillet, Kara Mbodji, Deschacht, N'Sakala (Conte 83), Najar, Defour, Dendoncker, Acheampong (Sylla 89), Tielemans (Ezekiel 69), Okaka. Subs: Suárez, Nuytinck, Roef, Lukebakio

Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)

Man of the match: Kane

Match rating: 8/10

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