Harry Kane hits hat-trick as Spurs beat Leicester in thriller, Arsenal edge past Newcastle

first_imgHarry Kane celebrated winning an England call-up by hitting his first Premier League hat-trick in a thrilling 4-3 victory for Tottenham against Leicester.The 21-year-old striker, named in Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad for the first time earlier this week, scored twice inside 13 minutes to put Spurs in control at White Hart Lane.The Foxes fought back to level through Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan before Kane plundered his 19th top-flight goal of the season to claim his treble and put his side back ahead.Christian Eriksen restored Tottenham’s two-goal advantage and, though David Nugent’s stoppage time strike ensured a nervy finish, the hosts held out to keep their top four hopes very much alive.Arsenal claimed a 2-1 win against Newcastle United at St James’ Park to strengthen their grip on third spot.Olivier Giroud scored twice in quick succession before half-time to put the Gunners in control.Moussa Sissoko’s strike just after the break gave the Mapgies hope, but though the battling home side piled on the pressure, they were unable to find an equaliser.Arsenal have now won six successive Premier League games and are four points ahead of Manchester United, who are sitting fourth, ahead of their meeting with fifth-placed Liverpool on Sunday.Southampton, meanwhile, retain top four ambitions after beating Burnley 2-0 at St Mary’s.Fraser Forster was stretchered off early on with a serious-looking injury but the home side quickly recovered from the setback to take the lead through Shane Long.Burnley had chances to level but were unable to find a way past Forster’s replacement Kelvin Davis and an unfortunate Jason Shackell own goal secured victory for the Saints.Southampton are now within three points of the Champions League positions, while the Clarets remain in the bottom three, a point from safety.Aston Villa also remain in relegation trouble after slipping to a 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea.Bafetimbi Gomis’ late goal, his sixth of the season, secured a deserved win for Garry Monk’s side in a game that had looked destined to finish goalless.Crystal Palace recorded their fourth win in five Premier League away matches under Alan Pardew as they fought back to beat Stoke 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.The Potters led through Mame Biram Diouf’s early opener, but a Glenn Murray penalty pulled Palace level before Wilfried Zaha punished poor Stoke defending to score what proved to be the winner in first-half stoppage time.In the day’s early kick-off, Manchester City eased past ten-man West Brom to move to within three points of leaders Chelsea.Premier League results:Aston Villa 0 – 1 SwanseaMan City 3 – 0 West BromNewcastle 1 – 2 ArsenalSouthampton 2 – 0 BurnleyStoke 1 – 2 Crystal PalaceTottenham 4 – 3 Leicester Harry Kane celebrates scoring for Tottenham 1last_img