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Spurs cut Leicester's lead to five points

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Tottenham’s Harry Kane (bottom left) celebrates scoring a goal with Dele Alli (top) and Erik Lamela during the English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent, England, yesterday. Spurs won 4-0.

STOKE, England (AP):

Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice yesterday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester City to five points.

Tottenham's fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday's draw with West Ham with four games remaining.

Either team winning the league would shake up the established order. Leicester have never won the top flight in their 132-year history and Tottenham's only titles came in 1951 and 1961.

"We're not going anywhere we are on their tails," Kane said of Leicester after taking his league-leading tally to 24 goals.

The England striker curled in the opener in the ninth minute at Stoke, but Tottenham only burst into life in the second half.

The 20-year-old Alli dinked the ball over 39-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given to double Tottenham's lead in the 67th, but then missed an open goal.

Kane did succeed in putting the ball into an unguarded net in the 71st and Alli arrowed a powerful volley into the net to complete the heaviest loss of the season for ninth-place Stoke.