Kane and Bale sack Tottenham for 4-1 win over Palace
LONDON – Two goals apiece from Harry Kane and Gareth Bale have helped a revived Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace 4-1 and climb to sixth place in the Premier League.
Lender Bale provided further proof that he rediscovered his old spark by scoring Tottenham’s first and second goals on either side of Christian Benteke’s equalizer on the stroke of half-time. But despite bringing his tally to six goals in his last six appearances, Bale was eclipsed by the magnificent Kane who finished with two goals and two assists. Kane’s opening goal, which put Tottenham ahead 3-1 shortly after half-time, was a sublime curler from a distance and his second was a tap-in before he was substituted.
Tottenham’s third consecutive league victory propelled them above Liverpool and West Ham with 45 points in 27 games, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea who face Everton on Monday. Palace’s first loss in four games left them in 13th place with 34 points in 28 games, eight points above Fulham, third from the bottom.
When Bale returned on loan in September, the idea of seeing him play in tandem with Kane was exciting, but until recently the Welshman had struggled for his fitness and form. The pair, however, were unstoppable. “He’s fantastic, an incredible striker. He showed it again tonight and he’s been so consistent, ”Bale said. “It was another fantastic performance from him and we are lucky to have him here.”
In the 25th minute, Lucas Moura worked hard to create a turnover on the edge of the palace area and fed Kane whose ball across the area was perfect for Bale to kick home. Tottenham were in control but they were tied down just before half-time when Luka Milivojevic’s cross saw Benteke shoot a header past Hugo Lloris.
Palace were boosted by the arrival of Wilfried Zaha as a half-time substitute, after missing a month with a hamstring injury, but Tottenham, rather than being deflated, started the second half- time devastatingly. A smooth move Bale has been involved in twice ended with Kane heading a cross towards the goal for Bale to nod in front of Vicente Guaita.
Three minutes later, Kane produced a stunning finish on a pass from Matt Doherty, hitting a right foot in the far outside corner of the box. Zaha hit the post for Palace but Kane went on to score his 16th goal of the season with a close-range header after a selfless volley assist from Son Heung-min on a chipped pass from substitute Erik Lamela.