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Kane at the double as we make it through against Pacos de Ferreira - report and reaction

Spurs 3-0 Pacos de Ferreira (agg 3-1)

Thu 26 August 2021, 21:45|Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane marked his first start of the season with a brace as we secured qualification for the group stage of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League with a 3-0 home win over Pacos de Ferreira on Thursday evening.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg of the play-off round tie in Portugal last week, we needed only nine minutes to get back level on aggregate as Kane - who was making his 64th European appearance for us, equalling Steve Perryman's Club record - collected Bryan Gil's cut-back and coolly slotted into the bottom corner.

Bryan's deflected shot hit the post as we dominated the first half, Kane doubling his and our tally on 34 minutes after his initial shot was blocked and Giovani Lo Celso kept it alive in the area for the striker to eventually drill home.

Lo Celso was denied by a good stop from Andre Ferreira mid-way through the second half before wrapping it up by firing in a free-kick from the side of the box, his shot taking a slight deflection off defender Antunes on its way past Ferreira.

Substitute Steven Bergwijn hit the post from a tight angle on the left as we sought a fourth but the result, a 3-1 aggregate win, ensured we'll be in the hat for Friday's group stage draw.

Professional performance gets the job done

Pacos de Ferreira put up a stern fight at times, especially during the second half, but we'd done more than enough to secure our progress with another professional team performance, which led to a third win and clean sheet in our opening four games of the season.

Kane went close inside the opening 30 seconds but it didn't take him long to get on the scoresheet, stroking home from Bryan's pass in from the left byline after good work in midfield by Harry Winks to send the Spanish winger away.

Ryan Sessegnon twice went close to getting on the end of useful passes into the box, while Bryan was linking up with Kane to good effect, Kane setting up the winger to shoot from the edge of the box, his shot taking a deflection off Flavio Ramos and hitting the post just beyond the half-hour mark. But it was 2-0 on 34 minutes when Lo Celso pulled down a loose ball after Kane's initial shot and eventually laid it off for the striker to fire home from 10 yards out.

Bryan's shot was deflected over the bar while Lo Celso got on the end of Matt Doherty's cut-back from the right with a neat shot-on-the-turn, only to be denied by the legs of keeper Ferreira. Bryan went close again with an angled shot that flew narrowly wide before we finally added a third on 70 minutes. It all came from Lucas Moura's persistence, as he did well to retain the ball to the right of the Pacos de Ferreira box before eventually being brought down by Stephen Eustaquio. Lo Celso, who had earlier been just off-target with a free-kick, struck the set-piece and it deceived Ferreira via a touch off Antunes. Bergwijn hit the post and Heung-Min Son got in behind the defence twice, only to miss the target, while goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini collected Nuno Santos' header in stoppage time.

Kane returns to equal record

Kane came into the side for his first start of the season, having featured as a substitute in Sunday's win over Wolves.

In playing against Pacos de Ferreira, he equalled Perryman's record for the highest amount of appearances for the Club in European competition on 64 in total.

Son also made his 50th European appearance off the bench.

In all, Head Coach Nuno Espirito Santo made three changes to the starting line-up from last week's first leg, Eric Dier, Lucas and Kane coming in for Cameron Carter-Vickers, Nile John and Dane Scarlett.

Reaction on Spurs TV

'We controlled the game'

“I thought we played well," said Nuno afterwards. "We were organised, we didn’t allow any kind of chances from the beginning of the game, good combinations, good offensive movements, goals, and then I think we controlled the game. We had a good advantage, and the players enjoyed the pitch and the fans appreciated it."

Highlights on Spurs TV

Spurs 3-0 Pacos de Ferreira (agg 3-1)

Spurs (3-4-2-1): Gollini, Dier, Romero, Davies, Doherty, Winks, Lo Celso, Sessegnon (Hojbjerg 63), Lucas (Dele 83), Bryan (Bergwijn 72), Kane (c) (Son 72). Substitutes (not used): Austin, Paskotsi, Sanchez, Reguilon, Skipp, John, Markanday, Scarlett.

Pacos de Ferreira (4-3-2-1): Andre Ferreira, Jorge Silva, Baixnho (c), Flavio Ramos, Antunes (Fernando 76), Maracas, Eustaquio (Nuno Santos 76), Rui Pires, Lucas Silva (Jose Uilton 76), Delgado (Helder Ferreira 69), Denilson (Da Silva Souza 69). Substitutes (not used): Menezes, Lima, Ibrahim, Djalo, Bastos, Luiz Carlos, Joao Pedro.

Match data

Goals: Spurs - Kane 9, 34, Lo Celso 70.

Yellow cards: Spurs - Romero 30, Bryan 63; Pacos de Ferreira - Denilson 41, Antunes 49, Rui Pires 64.

Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France).

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Weather: Cloudy, 17 degrees.

Attendance: 30,215.