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Premier League :Tottenham Hotspur Beat Burnley 1-0

by Soumadeep Bagchi

Harry Kane’s first-half penalty was enough for Tottenham Hotspur to beat Burnley 1-0 and move back into the top four.

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Kane has now been involved in 12 goals in 12 Premier League games against Burnley (nine goals, three assists), scoring eight in his last eight against them in the competition. He also became the first player in Premier League history to score 70+ goals on two different days of the week, Saturday and Sunday.

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Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur started strongly, with Son Heung-min forcing a fine save from Nick Pope before Nathan Collins cleared Kane’s effort off the line.

In the eighth minute of first-half stoppage time, Spurs took the lead through Kane’s spot-kick, his second of the week, awarded after a VAR review for a handball by Ashley Barnes.

Barnes almost equalised for Burnley on 62 minutes, but his 20-yard strike hit the outside of a post.

Spurs pressed for a second, but found Pope in inspired form as he made two stunning stops to deny Son.

A third win in four takes Spurs to 68 points, two ahead of Arsenal, who play Newcastle United on Monday.

Burnley are 18th on 34 points, a point and a place behind Leeds United, over whom they have a match in hand.

Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte said,”It’s a massive win, another must-win game for us, only one result – to get three points, to put pressure onto Arsenal. Now, in this moment, we’re two points up. For sure, the situation is still in their hands because they have two games to play, but you know very well in England it’s not simple to win. Today, you have seen that Burnley tested our nerves. They came here to play a defensive game, well-organised, no spaces for us. Despite this, I have seen the maturity of my team today. I’m delighted to see the improvement of these players.”


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