Spurs crush Stoke

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April 19, 2016
Tottenham's Harry Kane (bottom left) celebrates after scoring with Dele Alli (top) and Erik Lamela during the English Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium yesterday.

STOKE, England (AP):

Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice yesterday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester to five points.

Tottenham's fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday's draw with West Ham with four games remaining.

Either team winning the league would shake up the established order. Leicester has never won the top flight in its 132-year history and Tottenham's only titles came in 1951 and 1961.

Kane curled in the opener in the ninth minute at Stoke, but Tottenham only burst into life in the second half.

unguarded

The 20-year-old Alli dinked the ball over 39-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given to double Tottenham's lead in the 67th but then missed an open goal.

Kane did succeed in putting the ball into an unguarded net in the 71st and Alli arrowed a powerful volley into the net to complete the heaviest loss of the season for ninth-place Stoke.

This is an end to the season that could not have been anticipated in August, when Tottenham opened its campaign by failing to win any of their first four games.

But Tottenham's young team has steadily grown in confidence under Mauricio Pochettino during the manager's second season.

"We show hunger and passion," Pochettino said. "They are fantastic to work with every day."

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