Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Mura: Harry Kane's 20-minute hat-trick secures Spurs win after scare
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores their side's fifth goal and his hat-trick during the UEFA Europa Conference League group G match between Tottenham Hotspur and NS Mura at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 30, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

In a night that was supposed to be a much-needed stress-free encounter, Tottenham Hotspur did come across a slight bump on the road, but it was quickly smothered by Harry Kane, who gave everyone a swift reminder of his world-class ability in front of goal by scoring a well-taken hat-trick. 

After a grim week, Spurs were in dire need of some therapy, so they welcomed in 11 brave Slovenian players who, for what they lacked in ability, made up for in fight and miracles. 

The game started with the eleven players in white swarming and bullying their opposition, entering the final third at will: Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso put them to the sword with both midfielders putting the ball in the back of the net within the first ten minutes. 

However, as the old clique goes, you’re never safe at 2-0 and that is especially true for a side as vulnerable and unbalanced as Nuno Espirito Santo Tottenham side. 

A beautiful goal by Ziga Kous widened the eyes of plenty, and Nuno did indeed say that enough was enough by subbing on Lucas Moura, Son Heung-Min, and Kane - a decision which won Spurs the game. 

All three played their part in the assault on the Mura goal but none more than Kane, who scored a hat-trick to secure three points for Tottenham in this amusing game of football. 

Nuno, despite a 5-1 scoreline, has done little to silence any noise surrounding him with many expecting him to dismantle the Slovenian side without the need for his cheat code off the bench. 

  • Story of the match 

Spurs, who looked sleek in their white shirt and shorts, came out of the tunnel with a side that had a point to prove.

Dele - under big criticism for recent performances - rolled back the years with a run beyond a striker into the box only to get wiped out by goalkeeper Matko Obradovic. 

The 25-year-old, with all the confidence of a player at the top of his game, slotted away his penalty to give Spurs a 1-0 lead just three minutes after the ball started rolling. 

Instead of moving down a gear - a common pattern for Spurs in recent times - Nuno’s side quickly doubled the score.

This time it was midfielder Lo Celso who walloped a strike home after driving into the left-hand side of the box; a tidy finish which was probably met with the event being swapped over for West Ham’s Europa League game or Emmerdale. 

Spurs, somewhat understandably, then lowered the tempo of the game - popping the balloon and sucking the life out of the affair so they could play the game at their own demand. 

Dele forced a good save and Oliver Skipp raised a few bums when, after a driving run into the box, his driven shot was inches away from making the net bulge. 

Bryan Gil and Dane Scarlett both gave Spurs fans refreshing reminders of what is to come; both youngsters had brilliant individual moments of skill down the left-hand side.

However, with a reminder of how raw both are, they were both met with firm tackles by a Mura defender. 

The half-time whistle blew and Pierluigi Gollini may as well have been one of the few Spurs fans in attendance which, to be honest, is to be expected when a Premier League outfit are playing a side that were formed in 2012 and are the lowest-ranked side in the Europa Conference. 

Seven minutes into the second-half, Mura had a moment gifted from the gods; a moment which will be replayed in Slovenia for the rest of eternity. 

The ball fell perfectly to Kous on the edge of the box who, in one instinctive action, stroked the ball so perfectly into the bottom left-hand corner that it was like a goal you would see on Fifa.

Just like that, there was a game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Kane, Son, and Moura were subbed on to try and secure the win against Mura. That statement alone does not bode well, at all, for Nuno.

After a somewhat cagey, yes cagey, few moments - the inevitable happened. Lucas fed in Kane who, outstretched, put the ball in the back of the net. 

The game fell into a boring trance before Spurs hurt the Slovenian side in a transition - Lo Celso played a beautiful reverse pass into the on-rushing Son who then fed, you guessed it, Kane. 

Lo Celso then made another great case for a starting place on Sunday.

The Argentinian slipped in Kane with a lovely pass that the England captain buried. Kane wheeled away with a hat-trick and Spurs’ first three points in the competition secured.

  • Man Of The Match

It has to be Harry Kane. The striker came on and within 20 minutes had scored three goals and made Spurs didn't go through any embarrassment. 

The goals come at a good time for the England captain who is under pressure after failing to score in the Premier League so far. 

However, the bigger question will be the fact that he had to be brought on to win the game which is not a good look for Nuno especially.