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Kane’s late strike sinks Juve

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored what he called “one of the best goals” of his career to beat Italian champion Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contest in Singapore last night.

Kane capitalized after teammate Lucas Moura nicked the ball deep into injury time, allowing the striker to thump it from the halfway line high into the steamy night and over the head of Juventus’ back-pedalling goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

His goal completed a comeback after Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus 2-1 in front.

“It is probably one of the best goals of my career,” Kane said. “I could see in parts of the game the keeper was off the line. I thought if I get a chance to shoot, I’ll shoot and thankfully it went in.”

A youthful Spurs dominated the first half as Juventus struggled to adapt to its new manager Mauricio Sarri’s “Sarri-ball” tactic of playing out from the back with short, quick passes.

Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela scored the only goal of the first half, striking from close range in the 31st minute after Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon palmed a shot from teenage striker Troy Parrott into his path.

In a more lively second half, Juventus substitute Gonzalo Higuain equalized in the 56th after some neat interplay on the edge of the box gave him the space to score.

Then up stepped crowd-favorite Ronaldo.

Defender Mattia De Sciglio cut the ball back to the Portuguese who drilled it across the keeper in his last touch before he was replaced.

But Juventus’ lead did not last long. In the 65th, Moura got on the end of a pinpoint pass from Tanguy Ndombele, the French midfielder who joined Spurs for a club-record fee earlier this month.

In the closing stages, Higuain had a decent chance to break the deadlock. But it was Kane’s wonder-goal — which came after Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot lost the ball — that sealed the win in the dying seconds.

“It was a great goal. Unbelievable from Harry. It is good for him to set off preseason with scoring,” said Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The International Champions Cup features 12 teams playing friendlies in venues in North America, Europe and Asia.


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