Aurier sent off in Spurs win

Source: Reuters
Source: Reuters

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat West Ham 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday, surviving a red card to Ivorian defender Serge Aurier and a late home fightback.

Kane produced a leaping header to score the opener at the London Stadium on 35 minutes and added his second with a simple tap-in not long after 39 minutes, before Christian Eriksen hit a hard, low effort to add the third in the second half on 60 minutes.

There were some hopes of a West Ham comeback when Javier Hernandez on 65 minutes and Cheikhou Kouyate in 87th minute cut the deficit and Aurier was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for two fouls after 70 minutes.

But Spurs saw out the game to take all three points and move into third place in the Premier League table ahead of the 3pm fixtures, while West Ham remain in 17th with just four points from six games.

It was a mostly quiet first half and it took 24 minutes for the first real chance to materialise. Aurier burst down the right wing, before driving in a low cross that Kane got caught in his feet and could not slot home at the back post. However, the offside flag made the outcome irrelevant.

But Kane made no mistake 10 minutes later as he gave Tottenham the lead. It was a superb passing move from the visitors as Eriksen picked out Dele Alli on the right flank with a superb diagonal ball. The midfielder then delivered a cross for the striker who produced a leaping header to hammer the ball into the net and continue his superb scoring record in London derbies.

Kane made it two just four minutes later with a simple tap in. Alli’s initial shot after a lovely slotted pass from Jan Vertonghen was parried away by Joe Hart but the Spurs striker was lurking in acres of space in the middle of the box to slide home.

Tottenham added their third goal on the hour mark, and Kane was involved again. His sweeping free-kick clattered off the crossbar, landing at the feet of Aurier, whose own deflected cross fell to Eriksen. The Dane then hit a low shot through the box that saw the ball evade Hart.

The goals kept coming, but this time at the other end as West Ham pulled one back five minutes later. It was a first goal against Tottenham for Hernandez, who nodded home at the back post after Jose Fonte had flicked on a corner.

It signalled a slight turn of fortune for the visitors, who went down to 10 men with 20 minutes left to play. It was a second yellow card for Aurier for two fouls – the second a reckless challenge on Andy Carroll – and he was given his marching orders by referee Michael Oliver.

Tottenham were made to work for their victory as Kouyate powered a superb header home in the 87th minute, converting a fantastic cross from Arthur Masuaku on the left flank, but they could not find the final finish as Spurs took all three points back to north London.

Player ratings

West Ham: Hart (6), Cresswell (6), Fonte (6), Ogbonna (6), Reid (6), Zabaleta (6), Kouyate (6), Noble (6), Antonio (n/a), Arnautovic (6), Hernandez (7).

Subs used: Carroll (7), Ayew (5), Masuaku (6).

Tottenham: Lloris (6), Aurier (4), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Sanchez (6), Davies (7), Dier (7), Sissoko (6), Alli (7), Eriksen (8), Kane (8).

Subs used: Winks (5), Trippier (5), Llorente (n/a).

Man of the match: Harry Kane.

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