Harry Kane double dents Leicester’s Champions League bid

Harry Kane dealt a major blow to Leicester’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League on Sunday as the Tottenham striker scored twice in a 3-0 win that boosted his side’s bid to reach the Europa League.

Tottenham took the lead through James Justin’s early own goal before Kane took centre stage with two superb finishes before half-time.

It could be a hammer blow to fourth-placed Leicester’s Champions League dreams.

They are ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United only on goals scored and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has played a game less than Leicester.

United return to league action against West Ham on Wednesday before a decisive showdown against Leicester at the King Power Stadium on the last day of the season next Sunday.

Chelsea, who have two games left against Liverpool and Wolves, remain one point above Leicester in third.

Brendan Rodgers’ side has won just two of their eight league games since the coronavirus hiatus, potentially squandering a golden opportunity to return to the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17.

After the fourth win in their last five games, Tottenham climb to sixth place with one game remaining at Crystal Palace.

Wolverhampton Wanderers, two points behind Tottenham, would go back above Jose Mourinho’s side if they beat Palace in their penultimate match on Monday.

Mourinho has insisted he isn’t embarrassed at having to motivate the 2019 Champions League finalists for their push to reach the less glamourous Europa League.

Mourinho’s players seem to agree to judge by the way they put Leicester to the sword.

They took the lead in the sixth minute thanks to a large stroke of luck.

– Kane sparkles –

Son Heung-min cut back inside for a shot that took a wicked deflection off Justin as it flashed into the net, with Leicester’s appeal for offside against Kane rejected by VAR.