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EPL: Harry Kane scores twice as Spurs beat Aston Villa

EPL: Harry Kane scores twice as Spurs beat Aston Villa

Harry Kane scored two late goals as Tottenham came from behind to beat newly-promoted Aston Villa.

John McGinn's beautifully composed finish, after Tyrone Mings' long ball forward caught out the Spurs defence, had put Dean Smith's side ahead.

Tottenham were sluggish for long periods before their new £53.8m club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele equalised from outside the penalty area moments after new Villa keeper Tom Heaton had denied Davinson Sanchez with a flying save.

With four minutes remaining, Kane's emphatic finish from 10 yards put the hosts ahead before the England captain sealed the points from the edge of the penalty area.
Kane gets Spurs out of jail

Despite the scoreline, this was far from a straightforward victory for last season's Champions League runners-up.

Tottenham were sluggish for long periods and were heading towards a surprise defeat before scoring three times in the final 17 minutes.

Despite failing to sign Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, Spurs have strengthened significantly this summer as they look to improve on last season's fourth place.

But they started in a similar fashion to their lacklustre form at the end of the 2018-19 season, when they won just one of their last five domestic games.

Pochettino was missing several important players because of injury and fitness, including Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, and new additions Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani lo Celso.

They lacked invention and sharpness before Ndombele equalised after Villa failed to clear their lines when Heaton had stuck out a big hand to keep out Sanchez.

Villa still looked good value for a point before Kane, who had never scored in August until last season, struck twice in the final four minutes.

He made it 2-1 after Jack Grealish, a Spurs transfer target 12 months ago, lost possession, and then wrapped it up with a clinical finish which left Villa crestfallen.

It was hardly vintage Spurs but at least they are up and running before next Saturday's visit to champions Manchester City.
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