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Tottenham beat Manchester United to clinch second spot in White Hart Lane finale

Spurs beat United to clinch second spot in White Hart Lane finale

14/05/2017 at 19:22Updated 14/05/2017 at 20:33

Premier League, White Hart Lane - Tottenham 2 (Wanyama 6', Kane 48') Manchester United 1 (Rooney 71')

Tottenham Hotspur signed off their final game at White Hart Lane in winning style, beating Manchester United 2-1 thanks to goals from Victor Wanyama and a first against the Red Devils for Harry Kane.

Spurs’ victory means they haven’t lost a game at white Hart Lane and will finish the season in second place in their final season at their historic home for the first time in 54 years.

A party atmosphere pervaded the stadium and the fans were treated to the best possible start, Wanyama heading home Ben Davies’ cross after just six minutes as Spurs dominated the opening exchanges.

It got even better just after the break, Kane extending his right leg to flick home Christian Eriksen’s excellent free kick.

United were not without chances of their own, however, and it was left for Wayne Rooney to set up a grandstand finish, flicking home Anthony Martial’s cutback via the leg of Jan Vertonghen. But the day belonged to Spurs, legends of past and present on hand to say a fond farewell to a special venue with a special closing ceremony after the match.

For United, defeat now means that they must now win the Europa League final against Ajax to land the prize of Champions League football next season.

TALKING POINT

Signing off in style. Thankfully the match remained controversy free and Spurs let their football do the talking on the pitch. A fitting way to bid farewell.

General view inside the stadium

General view inside the stadium Eurosport

MAN OF THE MATCH

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) His excellent delivery hurt United all afternoon. Possesses a passing quality to match the likes of Glenn Hoddle and legends of White Hart Lane's historic past.

KEY MOMENTS

6’ – GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Manchester United: Alli wins an opening corner off Bailly. Short from Eriksen and swung in from Davies and flicked home from Wanyama. WHAT A START!!

18’ - CHANCE! Martial opens up his body and tries to steer it inside the far post and it’s only just wide!

20’ - DE GEA SAVE! Son walks through the United defence but shoots straight at De Gea. Should have been 2-0.

23’ – CROSSBAR! Another fantastic cross from Eriksen and Kane should score instead of clipping the bar.

31’ - SAVE! A fantastic drilled effort from distance from Alli is tipped over the bar by de Gea!

45’ – CHANCES AT BOTH ENDS! Kane’s low drilled effort is saved by De Gea’s legs before Bailly opts to square the ball instead of shoot on goal when one on one.

48’ – GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United: it’s a first against United for Harry Kane, flicking home Eriksen’s wicked free kick with an outstretched boot after Bailly had brought down Alli.

71’ – GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Manchester United: Martial skips past Trippier and Rooney is there to tap home at the near post. Didn’t see that coming!

83’ - OFF THE LINE! Good work from Jones to block Alli’s shot with De Gea beaten.

90+3’ – RASHFORD CLOSE! Danger for Spurs as Rashford gets in between the central defenders but flicks it just over the bar!

Tottenham Hotspur's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (R) celebrates

Tottenham Hotspur's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (R) celebrates Getty Images

KEY STATS

Spurs remain unbeaten in all top flight home fixtures in a single season for the second time, after 1964/65 (W18-D3). They finished sixth that campaign after winning only one of their 21 away matches (D4-L16).

Spurs equal the club league record of 14 consecutive home wins, set from January to October 1987 in the old Division One.

Manchester United are now winless in their last five PL away matches against Spurs. They have only had longer PL away winless runs versus Chelsea (10, 2002-2012) and Blackburn Rovers (6, 1999-2006).

Wayne Rooney (7) becomes the outright leading PL away scorer at White Hart Lane. He was previously level with Dion Dublin (6).

Harry Kane scores his first PL goal against Manchester United, in his seventh PL appearance versus the Red Devils. He is the fifth player to net a PL goal against 19 of the current 20 PL clubs, after Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Sergio Agüero and Alexis Sánchez (no player has netted versus all 20).

Christian Eriksen provided his 13th assist of the season, as many as Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson. Only Man City's Kevin De Bruyne (15) has more.

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