Tottenham forward Harry Kane has become the club's highest goal scorer after helping Spurs upset reigning champions Manchester City in the Premier League. Only two weeks after squandering a 2-0 lead against City to lose 3-2, Tottenham put in a more measured performance to keep their Top 4 place alive.
City were looking for a victory to trim the gap to Premier League leaders Arsenal to two points, but in the end, Arsenal weren't punished for losing 1-0 at Everton on Saturday — and maybe that's no surprise. After all, City now haven't won, or even scored, in five games at Tottenham's new stadium in either the Premier League or the Champions League.
And it was their talisman, Kane to break the deadline after 15 minutes and etch his name into the history books for the club. Kane's 267th goal took him past club icon Jimmy Greaves as the highest goal scorer.
Greaves' record has stood for more than 53 years. Kane was thrilled to have surpassed the club legend, which also took him to 200 Premier League goals with only Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney as the two that have reached this mark in the domestic league.
"Just a magical moment," Kane said in an on-field interview as he looked out at Tottenham's celebrating fans. "And I was desperate to do it with a win. To do it in front of the home fans is a moment I'll never forget.
"There's been so much talk about it over the last couple of weeks. I just wanted to get it done as soon as possible. And to do it in a big game against one of the best teams in the world is a special feeling."
Football world loses it over Harry Kane record
Football icons were quick to sing Kane's praise after his record-breaking goal. Jimmy Greaves' family released a statement congratulating Kane.
The Premier League's all-time leading goal scorer Shearer also congratulated the Tottenham star for his achievement.
Family statement Congrats to Harry Kane@We are proud that Jimmys record has stood for over 50 years and know he would have been happy for Harry to be the one to beat it after all this time Congratulations to Harry from the Greaves Family. Irene , Lynn , Andy, Mitzi and Danny.👍
— Jimmy Greaves (@jimmy_greaves) February 5, 2023
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 5, 2023
Congratulations @HKane passing the great Jimmy Greaves record at @SpursOfficial. Also @WayneRooney and I were wondering where you’ve been! Well done on joining the 200 @premierleague club. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/LaVmTagGV5
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) February 5, 2023
Peter Drury reaction Harry Kane record breaking goal 🤩pic.twitter.com/jpZP8IKwEi
— The Spurs Watch (@TheSpursWatch) February 5, 2023
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 5, 2023
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) February 5, 2023
City were the architects of their own downfall for the goal, just as when they conceded two sloppy first-half goals against Tottenham last month before rallying for a 4-2 win at the Etihad. This time, there was no comeback despite a second-half resurgence sparked by the belated introduction of Kevin De Bruyne, who was benched for the second straight game against Tottenham, and the 87th-minute sending-off of Cristian Romero for a second yellow card.
"Sooner or later it is going to change," City manager Pep Guardiola said of his team's record at Tottenham's new stadium. "But it's strange. We haven't scored one goal, we create chances, we have missed penalties in the past. To find an explanation is not easy."
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