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Nuno Espirito Santo calls on Harry Kane, who scores hat-trick, to help Tottenham beat minnows NS Mura in Europa Conference League

Harry Kane scored a second-half hat-trick after being brought on to help get Tottenham over the line against minnows NS Mura in the Europa Conference League – Spurs running out 5-1 winners in the end.

Nuno Espirito Santo made a number of changes from the team that lost to Arsenal in the north London derby at the weekend but Spurs got off to a fast start on Thursday night.

Some pressure has been lifted off Nuno

Lots of that was thanks to the class of Kane

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Lots of that was thanks to the class of Kane

They had the lead inside four minutes as Dele Alli slotted home a penalty after being brought down by Mura goalkeeper Matko Obradovic.

Giovani Lo Celso made it 2-0 four minutes later with a neat finish from a tight angle, however, a stunning volley from Ziga Kous halved the home side’s lead on 52 minutes.

Nuno then called on his star player to help get the job done just shy of the hour and Kane obliged in style with a 20-minute hat-trick.

Kane’s treble made it a comfortable evening for Spurs, who claim their first win since August 29.

It was Kane’s 13th career treble for Spurs as he edges closer to the late Jimmy Greaves’ record of 266 goals

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It was Kane’s 13th career treble for Spurs as he edges closer to the late Jimmy Greaves’ record of 266 goals

Nuno made nine changes from the side who were embarrassingly beaten in Sunday’s north London derby, but even with a second-string side out this was still a mismatch against a team formed just 12 years ago.

They took the lead after just four minutes as Alli, captain for the evening and playing in a more advanced position, surged into the box and was brought down by goalkeeper Matko Obradovic before stepping up and coolly slotting home from 12 yards.

The second goal came just four minutes later after Lo Celso glided past his marker and into the area, unleashing a curling effort into the roof of the net.

There would have been hopes of a goal glut after such a quick start, but it did not materialise as Spurs – so blunt in attack this season – laboured in the search of a third goal.

Alli put Spurs in front early doors

Alli put Spurs in front early doors

And this goal from Lo Celso put Spurs in control in the first half

And this goal from Lo Celso put Spurs in control in the first half

Alli forced Obradovic into a stretching save from the edge of the area and Oliver Skipp drilled an effort wide after stealing possession on the edge of the area.

Spurs had a shock early in the second half as Mura silenced the home crowd with a fine goal.

After Spurs failed to clear a corner, the ball fell to Kous 25 yards out and he sent a first-time volley into the bottom corner for a picture-book goal he will always be able to remember.

Kous gave the visitors brief hope of a shock comeback

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Kous gave the visitors brief hope of a shock comeback

Nuno was not impressed and called for the cavalry, sending on Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura – and it did the trick 10 minutes later.

Moura picked out the England captain, whose fine movement created space and he fired home in the clinical fashion that has so far been missing in the Premier League.

The second came 14 minutes from time after a lightning quick counter-attack that saw Lo Celso set Son free and the South Korean squared for his great mate to fire home from close range.

Kane ensured he would take the match ball home in the 88th minute as Lo Celso’s incisive pass picked him out and he made no mistake from eight yards.

Kane has ended his goal drought, albeit against some European minnows

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Kane has ended his goal drought, albeit against some European minnows



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