Harry Kane took his Premier League form into Tottenham Hotspur’s post-season Asian tour by scoring twice in a 2-1 victory over a Malaysia XI at the Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The friendly match was held amidst a shroud of controversy after Malaysian fan groups organised a protest of what they called a ‘circus match’. As expected, turnout was low at the Stadium but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the fans.
In an entertaining game, the England international striker, who scored 21 goals in the top flight last term, broke the deadlock in the 19th minute which put Spurs in the ascendancy and dominating the possession.
Malaysia equalised in the 32nd minute when Indra Putra Mahayuddin’s cross through free-kick which was initially intended for Thiago Junior, hit Danny Rose and flew past Hugo Lloris’ net.
Ten minutes later, Andros Townsend put a through-ball to Tom Carroll in the box who one-touched it to a wide open Kane who blasted the ball to complete his brace, bring back The Lilywhites into a leading position.
A number of substitutions were made throughout the second half, which disrupted the flow of the game, although the visitors were always in control of proceedings.
Paulo Rangel had a decent free-kick in the 80th minute which can give an equalise for the Dollah Salleh’s men but sucessfully was parried away by Michel Vorm. Neither side were able to score in the second half and the match ended in a 2-1 win for Spurs.