With his 267th goal for the team, Harry Kane broke the club’s previous record for goals scored. Tottenham defeated Manchester City 1-0, significantly undermining the league champions’ chances of retaining their title.
Harry Kane passed Jimmy Greaves to take sole control of the illustrious record after scoring a historic goal in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Greaves had held the record since 1970, but Kane tied it on January 23 against Fulham in his most recent outing.
With his historic achievement, Harry Kane became just the third player, behind Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney, to reach 200 Premier League goals (208).
When he scored against France at the World Cup in December, Kane tied Rooney for the most goals ever scored by an English player with 53. It has been a memorable moment for Kane.
The prolific Kane knew he would eventually have to pass Greaves, but strangely City might have been able to stop him from breaking records if they had been successful in signing him in 2021.
But before he finally became a celebrity, Kane had a challenging start to his career that included multiple unsuccessful loan stints. During that time, his incredible goal accomplishments appeared like a distant dream.
One of the most naturally gifted goal scorers in football history was Greaves, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 81.
Greaves, a part of the 1966 England team that won the World Cup and scored 44 goals for his nation, holds the record for most goals scored in English Premier League history with 357.
Harry Kane‘s predatory instincts and tenacity are being honored by his association with such a renowned player.
The 29-year-old scored his first Tottenham goal in the Europa League match against Shamrock Rovers in 2011.
If that was a low-key beginning to an amazing career, his record-breaking strike was significantly more significant.
After Arsenal’s shocking 1-0 loss to struggling Everton on Saturday, City had newfound optimism that they may pass the leaders.
Instead, Kane’s 19th goal across all leagues this season puts second-placed City five points behind Arsenal, who have a game in hand and will face Pep Guardiola’s team in a pivotal matchup on February 15.
Spurs were led by manager Antonio Conte’s deputy Cristian Stellini without the manager, who underwent emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder. This outcome undoubtedly boosted the Italian’s spirits as he recovered.
With their victory, Tottenham closed the gap to fourth-place Newcastle by one point in their pursuit of Champions League qualifying.
Kane Record History
Kane needed just 15 minutes to make history when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was able to rob Manuel Akanji thanks to Rodri’s sloppy ball on the outskirts of the City area.
With immortality in mind, Hojbjerg passed the ball to Kane, who used his customary aplomb to steer a little crooked low shot past Ederson.
Kane nodded to his family as they sat beneath a scoreboard that read “Congratulations Harry” and featured images of him celebrating earlier goals for the team as he dashed out to take in the applause.
Harry Kane, a graduate of the club’s youth program, returned to the center circle beaming as he was serenaded by Tottenham supporters who were screaming, “Harry Kane, he’s one of our own,” as the England captain headed back to the circle.
Erling Haaland chose to pass rather than shoot, hindering City’s reaction, and Guardiola became agitated and yelling on the sidelines.
Riyad Mahrez’s powerful shot against the crossbar came just inches from relieving Guardiola’s anxiety.
At the Etihad Stadium in January, City defeated Tottenham 4-2 after falling down by two goals at the interval.
But when City failed to replicate that comeback, Guardiola unexpectedly sent on Kevin De Bruyne after keeping the Belgian midfielder on the sidelines for “tactical” considerations.
After Julian Alvarez’s deflected shot looped over and De Bruyne’s presence elevated City, Akanji unsuccessfully appealed for a penalty when his shot struck Cristian Romero’s arm.
Tottenham had to play the last three minutes with 10 men in a tight match when Romero was sent off for receiving a second booking for bringing down Jack Grealish.