Harry Kane has equalled Mohamed Salah’s record for the most matches scored in during a Premier League season – and he still has two games left to claim the record outright.
The Tottenham forward netted from the penalty spot late on against to bag his 27th goal of an otherwise disappointing campaign for , and rather symbolically it came in a 2-1 defeat.
Jacob Ramsey opened the scoring after just eight minutes for the hosts, tucking home a low cross, and Kane actually missed a gilt-edged chance to equalise for Spurs early in the second half before Douglas Luiz netted a free-kick.
With time running out, substitute played a ball in behind Villa’s high back-line for Kane, who beat to the ball before being wiped out by the keeper; referee Peter Banks initially gave a corner before being sent over to the VAR screen to award a penalty.
After a long wait, Kane took his customary deep breaths and sent Martinez – who is so effective at stopping penalties – the wrong way, firing into the bottom right corner.
Ultimately it proved to be little more than a consolation goal for Spurs, who were second-best for much of the contest, and rather sums up their season and the extent to which Kane has carried the team.
Nevertheless, it represents yet another milestone for the England captain, who has now scored in 24 different Premier League matches this season – the same tally Salah managed in the 2017-18 season.
Although Manchester City’s Erling Haaland leads the scoring charts with 35 goals, the Norwegian has only netted in 22 different matches so far – two less than Kane.
He does, of course, still have four matches left to try and draw level with Kane and Salah, or perhaps even overtake the pair.
Kane, meanwhile, will fancy his chances of claiming the record outright with Tottenham still having two matches left this season against Brentford at home and Leeds United away.
His latest strike also takes him to 210 Premier League goals, leaving him 50 shy of Alan Shearer’s all-time record – a milestone he could reach in the next two seasons if he maintains his current scoring form.
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