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Kane and Bale catched a brace each vs Palace to lift top four hopes


Gareth Bale and Harry Kane did the harm as Spurs beat Crystal Palace 4-1 to move sixth in the Premier League table.

Bale’s revival continued with a lively individual showing, and the Welshman’s evening got off to a strong start when he turned home Kane’s cross from close range after 25 minutes.

But Tottenham, who had hugely influenced the first-half albeit with little in the way of clear chances, was stung just before the break when Christian Benteke moved home to make it 1-1 at halftime with Palace’s first important effort of the match.

The delay just before the interval kick-started Spurs, who replied with a brilliant period of play after the restart, recapturing the lead when Kane headed back across goal for Bale to catch his second of the night on 49 minutes.

And just three minutes after it was Kane’s turn to get on the scoreboard, lashing a gem of a shot into the far top corner from the edge of the box.

It was the England center-forward who made the game safe as the clock ticked past 76 minutes, finishing off a brilliant team move that saw Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son lay it on a plate for Kane, and that was his last notable involvement of the night as he was given a rest for the last ten minutes of the game.

The result sees Spurs move to within two points of Chelsea in the Champions League qualification places as Jose Mourinho’s side prolonged to rediscover their form just in time for the business end of the campaign.

Harry Kane was extraordinarily great on the night, linking play satisfactorily as he dropped deep, and setting up Bale for both of the Welshman’s goals.

Having done the selfless help work it was then Kane’s time to come to the limelight, and his first of the night was the pick of the goals, and absolutely gem, threshed into the far top corner.

His second was at the total other ends of the spectrum, landed into an empty net after a fantastic flowing move from Spurs, but it was a deserved cherry on top for Kane after an excellent individual display. In this type of form, there aren’t a lot of people on his level.



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