Kane shows Spurs his worth amidst speculation over his future

Brian Jeeves

Tottenham Hotspur v Shakhtar Donetsk – Pre-Season Friendly Match – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Despite increased speculation over his future, Harry Kane, provided the N17 crowd with a vintage performance, scoring four of the North Londoners goals in a 5-1 victory over fourteen-times Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

Four goals, but is he staying at Spurs? Harry Kane (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

The match was dedicated to the Ukrainian people, raising funds and awareness towards Shakhtar’s charitable foundation, Shakhtar Social, in support of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country resulting from the armed conflict with Russia.

Andrii Piatov saved well from Pape Matar Sarr and Kane in the early stages. However, shortly before the twenty-minute mark, the Shakhtar stopper, who recently announced his retirement, was replaced by Dmytro Riznyk, and provided with an emotional guard of honour by his companions as he left the field. 

Riznyk continued where Piatov had left off, brilliantly turning over from Sarr. The keeper was counting his blessings when Sarr headed wide from close range after he’d parried Dejan Kulusevski’s dangerous centre into his path.

Tottenham made the breakthrough seven minutes before the break. Kane confidently converted from the penalty spot after James Maddison had been tripped by Eduard Kozik.

But Tottenham’s advantage was swiftly wiped out. Kevin Kelsy’s glancing header left Guglielmo Vicario helpless as it drifted high into the net.

It took Tottenham just four second-half minutes to re-establish their advantage. Kane arrived to head home from close range after Maddison had picked him out from the right. And the Spurs skipper claimed the match ball with the hosts’ next meaningful foray forward. This time, slipping the ball beyond Riznyk after a delightful pass from Kulusevski.

Kane was on hand to add his, and Tottenham’s, fourth goal of the game after Manor Solomon’s effort had been saved. 

That proved to be the 29-year-old’s final action in the contest, and perhaps in a Spurs shirt, as he was immediately replaced by Dane Scarlett. 

Vicario brilliantly saved from Newerton as Shakhtar looked to have the final say. However, that accolade went to Scarlett, who turned on the proverbial sixpence before rifling past Riznyk. Nevertheless, the sizable audience, numbering 56,331 will have bolstered their cause, to which football is unquestionably secondary. 

Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario, Royal, Romero, Davies, Udogie, Hojbjerg, Sarr (Skipp 87′), Maddison (Lo Celso 77′), Kulusevski, Kane (Capt) (Scarlett 80′), Son (Solomon 77′). Subs not used: Austin, Gunter, Pedro Porro, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Bissouma, Perisic.

Booked: Hojbjerg (dissent), Romero (foul)

Goals: Kane (penalty) 38′, 49′ 55′, 79′

Shakhtar Donetsk: Piatov (Riznyk 17′), Gocholeishvili, Kozik (Lemkin 46′), Matviienko, Topalov (Pedrinho 60′), Zubkov (Kashchuk 46′), Bondarenko (Ocheretko 60′), Nazaryna (Traore 81′), Kryskiv (Newerton 75′), Sikan (Viunnyk 75′), Kelsy (Castillo 75′) Subs not used: Trubin, Puzankov, Tvardovskyi, Faryna, Korniienko, Hlushchenko

Booked: Castillo (dissent)

Goals: Kelsy 44′

Referee: David Coote

Assistants: Adam Nunn and Nick Hopton

Fourth Official: Paul Howard

Attendance: 56,331

Brian Jeeves

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