Harry Kane scored twice in his first start of the season as Spurs advanced to the group stage of the Europa Conference League with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Pacos de Ferreira.
Kane started and managed Spurs after a long transfer saga that has cast doubt on his future at the club this summer, but all of that will be forgotten now after his first-half brace secured European football for Spurs this season. .
The England captain opened the scoring after just nine minutes with a well-taken strike, before doubling the home side’s lead with another finish made up 11 before half-time – the striker’s 39th and 40th European goals for the club, more than any other Spurs player.
Vitorino Antunes’ own goal in the 70th minute closed the victory as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side reversed their 1-0 first-leg deficit to take their place in Friday morning’s draw for the group stage of the Europa League Conference.
How Kane came back in style
Tonight was always going to be about Kane and he could have opened the scoring after just 18 seconds.
Cristian Romero’s long ball over it was controlled to death by the striker, but he recovered his effort over it.
It didn’t take much longer to score his comeback with a goal as he put Spurs ahead on the night in the ninth minute.
Harry Winks got the ball well, played in Bryan Gil and the Spanish winger’s cross was expertly controlled and sent home by Kane.
It was a special reaction from fans in the stadium, and any concerns Kane had about how he would be received following this summer’s transfer saga would have been alleviated.
Harry Kane started his first game of the season in Tottenham’s Europa League second leg against Pacos de Ferreira. The England captain announced on Wednesday that he will stay at Spurs this summer after wishing to move to Manchester City and was captain as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side tried to reverse a 1-0 deficit in the first leg.
New signings Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil got their first home starts and Spurs had some firepower off the bench, with Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn among the substitutes.
His second came 10 minutes before the break as his blocked shot fell on Giovani Lo Celso, who attempted a rebound, but the ball found its way back to Kane and he was right.
If Kane was the star of the show, then Gil, who was making his home debut after his summer move from Sevilla, was the understudy as he showed why people were so excited about him.
He hit the post with an effort in the first half, then saw another strike in the blocked goal after the restart.
It was a barrage of attacks from Spurs and their third goal came in the 70th minute.
Lo Celso landed a free kick from a wide right position, which took a gash from Pacos Antunes defender and flew into the corner, with the Argentinian credited with a goal.
Kane left the pitch shortly thereafter to attend a hero reception and there is no doubt that he is still loved at the club he has actively tried to leave this summer.
What the manager said …
Spurs boss Nuno: “I’ve seen Harry every day since he joined us, every day. He doesn’t have to prove (anything) to anyone,” Kane said. “He’s engaged. You can see him.
“All the situations that have happened are a thing of the past, let’s look and move forward, but I see it every day.
“I saw him today in training sessions. I saw him today at the end of the game, now it’s time to recover. He’s one more that will help us.
“He played well, he scored, he had good moves, he helped the team in possession, out of possession kept his form, helped get the ball back.
“He keeps improving. But playing is the best way for all players to improve, to compete and the advantage of the game is what takes players beyond their limits and that’s what we do. expect them. “
Spurs face Watford at Totenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, with the Premier League game kicking off at 2pm.