Harry Kane’s 20-minute hat-trick sinks Mura and drags Spurs from their rut

  • Tottenham 5-1 Mura
  • Substitute Kane settles game after goals from Alli and Lo Celso

It was essential that Spurs completed this job properly and they managed to, scoring five times and offering enough of a diversion that those scarred by their no-show in the north London derby could crack a smile. But victory over Mura, however it came, was always going to be a minimum requirement and anyone seeking answers to their current predicament had no business here. An evening that began as a procession had become a slog as the hour mark approached and Tottenham only pulled clear after Nuno Espírito Santo turned to his cavalry.

Harry Kane’s 59th-minute introduction as part of a triple change alongside Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura had not been part of any pre-match plan, but Nuno needed a sure thing after Ziga Kous had halved his side’s lead with a blistering first-time volley. Perhaps they had been coasting. Either way, their performance had drifted into tedium but within half an hour they had run through the gears and ensured their totem would take the headlines.

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