A hat-trick from Harry Kane saw Tottenham beat Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor and equal Alan Shearer’s record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, with a game against Southampton on Boxing Day in hand.
It was goals number 13, 14 and 15 in the league for Kane this season that were more than enough to secure the points. If Kane had been on the end of some of the openings Spurs had passed up earlier, Shearer’s record might have been demolished before Christmas.
Kane’s first was from the spot after Alli had made the most of slight contact from Kevin Long in the area. The former referee Graham Poll was on television this past week arguing that players needed to go down for officials to award a penalty, so who is to say he was wrong? The Burnley crowd needed a little more persuading, however, and Alli was heartily booed right up to the moment he was substituted five minutes from the end.
Kane almost had a quick second goal when he rolled a shot narrowly wide from an opening created by Son Heung-min, but Moussa Sissoko was guilty of squandering a glorious chance to put Spurs further ahead midway through the first half.
Spurs’ superior penetration was in evidence just before the hour when Kane and Serge Aurier engineered a marvellous opening for Son, yet with the goal at his mercy and no more than a well-directed tap-in appearing necessary the Korean blasted the ball high over the bar.
The hat-trick came 10 minutes later, with another bottom corner finish from Alli’s flick after the Icelander Johann Berg Gudmundsson had lost possession in a dangerous area.
Elsewhere, Harry Maguire struck in stoppage-time to deny Manchester United a win and dent their slimmest of chances of lifting the Trophy. Juan Mata scored a brace while Jamie Vardy and Maguire scored as Leicester City held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at the King Power stadium.
Juan Mata looked set to inspire a United victory as Jose Mourinho’s side fought back from conceding Jamie Vardy’s 50th Premier League goal on 27 minutes. Mata had scored a superb free-kick on the hour-mark to fire United ahead at the King Power Stadium after a clever finish on 40 minutes had levelled the scores. But four minutes into stoppage-time Maguire headed home a Marc Albrighton cross to leave United stunned and push Pep Guardiola’s leaders another step towards the title.
Jamie Vardy gave Foxes a surprising lead in the 27th minute but United showed some character to first level things up in the 40th minute when Juan Mata scored through a Jese Lingard’s pass. Things were levelled at the half time break before Mata took Red Devils to the lead on the hour mark with a brilliantly taken free kick. With United all set to run away with three points after Daniel Amartey was shown a red card in the 73rd minute, Maguire silenced Mourinho and his fans in the 4th minute of injury time.
The draw left United 3 points away from leader Manchester City and 3 points ahead of 3rd placed Chelsea.