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‘It feels good’ – Kane happy to qualify for last 16 after ‘uphill struggle’ against Olympiakos

Harry Kane has expressed his delight after Tottenham secured their qualification for the Champions League knock-out stages with a stunning 4-2 comeback victory over Olympiakos on Tuesday night.

Jose Mourinho’s side were made to work for a crucial victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, falling two goals down in the opening 19 minutes before Dele Alli halved their deficit on the stroke of half-time.

Kane would fire a second-half double either side of a Serge Aurier goal to complete the fightback, Spurs sealing their passage to the last-16 alongside group winners Bayern Munich.

England captain Kane admits it was an ‘uphill struggle’ after a poor start against the Greek side, but admits ‘it feels good to qualify’ as the last season’s runners-up reached the knock-out stages for a third consecutive season.

“It was a disappointing start, we know that and did not come out with any energy and they got the two goals and put us under pressure, it was an uphill struggle but we go the goals and it feels good to qualify,” Kane told BT Sport.

“We needed to be calm especially after scoring. We did not have to rush it and we had a bit of freedom and enjoy it a bit more.


Kane’s double continued his fine form in European competition, with the 26-year-old’s brace seeing him beat Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero’s record to become the quickest player to score 20 Champions League goals.

The forward has achieved the feat in just 24 appearances in the tournament, two games fewer than the Italian icon, but in typically modest fashion said qualification was all that mattered.

Speaking about the record, Kane added: “Not a bad player to beat. It was about qualifying, no matter how we did it but we had to win and we did that. We can enjoy it and try and deep the momentum for Saturday.”

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