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Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris - England striker Harry Kane attracts the ball.

Updated: Oct 5, 2022


Spurs ace Harry Kane celebrates with Gareth Bale after Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb. [Getty]
Spurs ace Harry Kane celebrates with Gareth Bale after Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb. [Getty]

Harry Kane's opener was his 25th goal for Tottenham this season.


Hugo Lloris has lauded Tottenham skipper Harry Kane for his brilliant performance in Spurs' 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb.


The English striker Kane bagged a brace against the Croatian side as Tottenham Hotspur put one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals.


Jose Mourinho’s Lilywhites continued their fine form on Thursday evening, with Kane opening the scoring in the 25th minute.

Then, the England captain doubled Spurs' lead with a calm finish in the 70th minute, but he couldn’t score a hat-trick and limped off the pitch following a knock to his knee.


After the clash, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris told BT Sport: "Clean sheet is a satisfaction. It is good for us. 2-0 is a good result. We could have scored one more but we are happy. We know how it will be there. It is not done, just half-time.


"He is just enjoying his football. As we can see, he attracts the ball. Lamela made an amazing job for the first goal and Harry was there at the right time to score. His second gives some relief to the team before the second leg.

"We had some ups and downs in the season but we come into an important period now and it is good to feel the players are ready to help the team. If we work well as a team we will give our talent more power to make the difference."



Mourinho Reaction: 'One more goal.'


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was happy with their display, although the Portuguese admitted he would have preferred a 3-0 win.


He said: "I believe one more goal would be a good reflection of the game and would put us in a much better position. But before the game, if you asked if 2-0 was a good result, I would say 'it is only a good result if we do the job there'.


"It will be a difficult match. At home, they will feel more comfortable having a go with nothing to lose.


On Harry Kane and any potential injury, the former Porto and Real Madrid boss replied: "[As for] Harry, I don't believe it is anything big. Sunday is a match everyone wants to play, and little things will not stop him. I don't have the feeling it is anything serious.


"He is doing everything. He is doing the striker job of scoring goals. The team-work of creating space, and linking play, and the extra work not many strikers do in defence. He helps us a lot. He has an incredible number of clearances from crosses and corners. We couldn't be happier.

“I gave a rest to many of the players and am so happy with what Vinicius is giving us. But with Harry on the pitch, it is a different story for us."

Spurs fans should be happy because they have progressed from each of their previous three knockout ties in the UEFA Europa League when they’ve won the first leg (against Lyon and Inter Milan in 2012-13, and RZ Pellets WAC earlier this season.




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