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Leicester1Tottenham6

Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane
Harry Kane has now scored 51 league goals in the past two seasons

Harry Kane scored four times as Tottenham produced another superb performance to sweep aside Leicester City.

Though Chelsea ended their Premier League title hopes last week, there was no let-up from Mauricio Pochettino's side, who won for the 25th time in the league this season.

Kane helped himself to two predatory goals from close range before rattling in twice from 20 yards in the last few minutes to move to 26 league goals for the campaign - two clear of Everton's Romelu Lukaku.

Son Heung-min also scored fine goals either side of half-time, volleying in Dele Alli's masterful pass, and bending in from 25 yards after a swift counter-attack.

Leicester, who are yet to make a decision on manager Craig Shakespeare's future, played their part in an entertaining game.

Ben Chilwell momentarily sparked hopes of a fightback by making it 2-1, but the Foxes ultimately had no answer to this in-form Tottenham side, who recorded their biggest away win in the Premier League.

Brilliant Spurs bring 'dead rubber' to life

This, the 13th Premier League matchday in 18 May days, was effectively another dead rubber. But, while the league has failed to deliver the close title race the television schedulers were hoping for, no blame can be attached to Tottenham.

Spurs have won 12 of their past 13 league games and have been kept at bay only by the remarkable resilience of Chelsea, who ensured it has been a case of 'nearly' for Pochettino and his players for the second season in a row.

Son Hung-min
Son Heung-min has now scored 20 goals for Tottenham in all competitions this season

Third last season despite being Leicester's closest challengers in the second half of the campaign - or, as the home fans enjoyed chanting in the opening stages, "third in a two-horse race" - Spurs have gone one better this time. Much better, in fact.

This dominant win took them past Leicester's title-winning haul of 81 points, and they have enough on the board to have won the Premier League on eight previous occasions - with a game still to come.

Son's superb strikes mean that - for the first time in the club's history - they have three players who have scored 20 goals in a season, and took them beyond 75 league goals for the first time since 1984-85.

Add in the division's meanest defence - Hugo Lloris' mistake for Chilwell's goal notwithstanding - and it is no surprise Pochettino has committed his future to the club.

Do Spurs have enough?

As White Hart Lane is dismantled and rebuilt, Spurs' summer seems likely to be flavoured by reports and fears of the team going the same way.

Right-back Kyle Walker - again left out, albeit this time with an ankle problem - has long been linked with a move, and Pochettino admitted this week the club may struggle to compete with clubs offering huge salaries this summer.

That may have sounded alarm bells for supporters, but the good news for them is it would surely take record numbers to prise away either of the side's crown jewels.

Kane and Alli have scored 43 Premier League goals between them this season and were outstanding again, along with Son, in a dynamic attacking display.

Those three players alone had 19 efforts on goal, while Alli's chipped assist for Son's first goal was further evidence of his growing influence and inventiveness.

Kane, who tapped in Son's cross to open the scoring, added a close-range header then twice thrashed past Kasper Schmeichel from the edge of the area, could become the first man since Robin van Persie to win the golden boot in successive seasons.

There is no doubt Spurs have the quality to be champions. If they can repeat their home form while on 'holiday' at Wembley, perhaps the wait for a league title will end after 57 years.

Stage set for Shakespeare's second act?

Shakespeare said this week he expects to find out if he will remain in charge of the Foxes "within days".

He has certainly made a strong case to be retained, but his side's second-half capitulation must be a disappointment, particularly as a comeback briefly looked possible when Chilwell scored his first career goal, prodding in after Jamie Vardy had gone around an out-of-position Lloris.

A second big decision of the season now looms for the Leicester hierarchy, who were widely criticised for sacking Claudio Ranieri in February, just months after he delivered the title.

They must surely consider themselves vindicated, despite such a heavy defeat. The Foxes were one point above the relegation zone when Shakespeare took over with 13 matches left but survived easily thanks to seven wins in Shakespeare's 12 league games.

In fact, had the season begun when he took over, Leicester would once again be dreaming of Europe.

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Man of the match - Harry Kane

Harry Kane
Outstanding throughout, Harry Kane has now scored more Premier League goals in 2017 than any other player (18)

Kane up there with the greats

  • Kane is the fifth player in Premier League history to score 25+ goals in successive seasons (Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Robin van Persie are the others).
  • Kane has now scored more club goals against Leicester than any other side (10).
  • Kane is the fifth different player to score three or more hat-tricks in a Premier League season.
  • Tottenham now have three players with 20 or more goals in all competitions this season (Kane, Alli & Son); more than any other club in the Premier League or Football League.
  • This is the joint-heaviest defeat in Premier League history for a reigning champion (also Manchester United's 6-1 loss to Manchester City in October 2011).
  • Leicester have now lost 18 league games this season, the most by a reigning top-flight champion since Ipswich Town in 1962-1963 (19)
  • Leicester had let in two goals in their previous five home games under Shakespeare.

What's next?

Shakespeare has one final home game to impress as Leicester host Bournemouth, while Tottenham wrap up their campaign at relegated Hull. All Premier League games on Sunday, 21 May kick off at 15:00 BST.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17SimpsonBooked at 80mins
  • 29BenalouaneSubstituted forGrayat 66'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 28Fuchs
  • 3Chilwell
  • 26Mahrez
  • 13Amartey
  • 25Ndidi
  • 11AlbrightonBooked at 65mins
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forSlimaniat 45'minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forMusaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Musa
  • 14Kapustka
  • 19Slimani
  • 21Zieler
  • 22Gray
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 36Moore

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 15Dier
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 17SissokoBooked at 65minsSubstituted forNkoudouat 90'minutes
  • 12Wanyama
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forLesniakat 86'minutes
  • 33Davies
  • 20Alli
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forJanssenat 78'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 9Janssen
  • 13Vorm
  • 14Nkoudou
  • 23Eriksen
  • 27Wimmer
  • 43Shashoua
  • 44Lesniak
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
31,351

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away26
Shots on Target
Home5
Away12
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 6.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 6. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Foul by Filip Lesniak (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 5. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Filip Lesniak.

Attempt missed. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli tries a through ball, but Vincent Janssen is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Filip Lesniak replaces Mousa Dembélé.

Attempt missed. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

Attempt missed. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Hand ball by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Ahmed Musa replaces Jamie Vardy.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen replaces Son Heung-Min.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Booking

Demarai Gray (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Islam Slimani (Leicester City).

Attempt saved. Islam Slimani (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 4. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Yohan Benalouane.

Booking

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 18th May 2017

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea37293580324890
2Tottenham37258479255483
3Man City37229675393675
4Liverpool372110675423373
5Arsenal37226974433172
6Man Utd371715552292366
7Everton3717101061412061
8Southampton371210154147-646
9West Brom37129164249-745
10Bournemouth37129165466-1245
11Leicester37127184762-1543
12West Ham37119174563-1842
13Crystal Palace37125205061-1141
14Stoke371011164056-1641
15Burnley37117193853-1540
16Watford37117194063-2340
17Swansea37115214369-2638
18Hull3797213673-3734
19Middlesbrough37513192750-2328
20Sunderland3766252864-3624
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