Football news - Harry Kane scores early as Tottenham cruise past Cardiff
Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium - Cardiff City 0 Tottenham 3 (Kane 3', Eriksen 12', Son 26')
Harry Kane started 2019 with a goal as Tottenham cruised past Cardiff City 3-0 in their Premier League clash.
The England captain got on the scoresheet as early as the third minute, completing his set of scoring against every opponent he has faced in the Premier League. Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min added to Spurs' tally as Mauricio Pochettino's side began the year in style.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock reiterated the importance of keeping Spurs at bay in the early stages pre-match, but his side were 1-0 down before many fans had even taken their seats with Kane bundling home after some hesitant defending.
The goal meant Kane has now scored against all 28 Premier League teams he has faced, and nine minutes later he was joined on the scoresheet by Eriksen, who again capitalised on some more suspect Cardiff defending before expertly slotting the ball into the bottom corner. In-form Son was the next to find the net in the 26th minute, finishing well from a tight angle – the 11th goal Son has been involved in his last eight league starts.
The second half was played at walking pace, as Cardiff continued to offer very little in response, with Son coming closest to adding to his tally as Spurs saw out the win to leapfrog Manchester City into second.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)Getty Images
Title charge back on? After such a surprise defeat to Wolves, it was important Spurs not only got back to winning ways, but sent a message to the doubters who have been writing off their hopes of a title charge, and while Cardiff made it very, very easy for them in south Wales, Spurs were clinical, and remained hungry for more goals all match. Should Liverpool lose at Manchester City on Thursday, Spurs will remain only six points off the pace – a not so insurmountable gap.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Harry Kane. The man who just loves scoring on New Year’s Day was at in again in the Welsh capital, taking his tally to 14 league goals this season – no player has more so far. His goal that got Spurs up and running was scrappy, but his assist for Son’s goal was much more pleasing on the eye. Kane’s support play is often overlooked, and once again he held the ball up and brought others into play expertly at the Cardiff City Stadium.
3’ - GOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL! Cardiff 0-1 Tottenham. Harry Kane scores one of his scruffier goals to give Spurs a dream start. What a mess from a Cardiff point of view. Kieran Trippier with the ball in, it comes off Kane's thigh, bounces back off the defender, back onto Kane and rolls into the net. It wasn't pretty, but Spurs won't care one bit.
12’ - GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Cardiff 0-2 Tottenham. Far too easy for Spurs, as Eriksen makes it two. Son strokes the ball across for Eriksen, who cuts back inside, before slotting the ball expertly into the bottom corner, wrong-footing Etheridge. Woeful defending from Cardiff, who gave Eriksen far too much time to pick his spot.
26’ - GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Cardiff 0-3 Tottenham. Three and easy for Spurs as Son extends the visitors' lead. So easy for Spurs as Sissoko feeds Kane, who lays the ball off for Son to score from the angle. Cardiff are being carved apart here all too easily.
53’ - SAVE! Better from Cardiff, as Paterson lofts the ball to the back post, Trippier waits for his goalkeeper to come, allows it to bounce, Hoilett comes steaming in, climbs above Trippier, but his header is well saved by Lloris.
67’ - CHANCE! Spurs break at pace, with more white shirts than blue, Kane feeds the ball across for Son, who struggles to get the ball out of his feet before stabbing for goal, but Etheridge is out to block.
No player in Premier League history has scored more goals on New Year’s Day than Tottenham’s Harry Kane (5 – a joint-high with Andy Cole and Steven Gerrard).
Christian Eriksen has scored 19 goals from outside the box in the Premier League; the most of any player in the competition since his debut (September 2013).
Spurs are still yet to play out a draw in the Premier League this season (W16 D0 L5), just the ninth occasion in top-flight history that a team has gone 21 or more games into a season without drawing.
Cardiff have lost their last 15 Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ sides, conceding 47 goals across those matches, with 25 of those goals conceded coming in their six defeats this season.