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Kane sets EPL mark with 39 goals in 2017

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane applauds the fans as he walks around the pitch after scoring a hat-trick against Southampton yesterday. Tottenham won the match 5-2.

LONDON, England (AP):

Harry Kane set the English Premier League record for goals in a calendar year, raising his total to 39 with a hat-trick yesterday that led Tottenham over Southampton 5-2.

Kane headed in Christian Eriksen's free kick in the 22nd minute, breaking the Premier League's previous record of 36 set by Alan Shearer in 1995.

Eriksen, Dele Alli, and Heung-Min Son combined to set up an easy finish for Kane in the 39th. Kane scored Tottenham's final goal in the 67th, lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his record sixth Premier League hat-trick this year.

"It was hard not to think about it going into the game being level," Kane said. "As always, I wanted to win the game first and foremost, but, of course, I wanted to score as a striker. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling, and I could enjoy the rest of the game."

Kane has played in 36 league matches this year, six fewer than Shearer's 1995 total. The English forward has 57 goals this year for club and country, moving two ahead of Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina for the most among players in Europe's five major leagues.

Other results: Man United 2 Burnley 2; Bournemouth 3 West Ham 3; Chelsea 2 Brighton 0; Huddersfield 1 Stoke 1; Watford 2 Leicester 1; West Brom 0 Everton 0; Liverpool 5 Swansea 0.