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Son, Janssen and Kane score as Tottenham beat Kitchee in friendly

Son Heung-min, Vincent Janssen and Harry Kane all scored as Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 4-1 friendly win against Hong Kong champions Kitchee on Friday evening.

A crowd of 27,568 turned out at Hong Kong Stadium for the postseason run-out to see the Premier League runners-up in action.

Son gave Spurs the lead before Janssen claimed his side's second and Kane -- on as a substitute in place of Son -- netted the third. Kitchee's Lucas scored a consolation for the home team before Kazaiah Sterling added Tottenham's fourth in injury time.

Mauricio Pochettino fielded a strong side captained by Hugo Lloris and also featuring Son, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen, but Tottenham had to weather an early period of pressure from the home side before taking the lead.

Lloris was at full stretch to keep out Matthew Lam's low strike from the edge of the area before a header from Lo Kwan-yee just cleared the crossbar. Soon after Janssen was forced to clear off the line when Helio Gonclaves' header looked set to sneak inside the post.

Harry Kane in action for Tottenham during a friendly game against Kitchee SC.
Harry Kane was among the goal scorers for Tottenham as they beat Kitchee SC in Hong Kong.

Son had the ball in the net soon after only to be flagged for offside, but in the 17th minute he gave Spurs the lead with a fine, curling strike from outside the area that left Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng grasping air.

Janssen doubled the lead four minutes later when he steered in Ben Davies' low cross from close range before Lloris made way for Pau Lopez on the half-hour mark in the first of a host of Spurs substitutions.

Pochettino made a further six changes ahead of the start of the second half, bringing in Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and William Morris for Walker, Alderweireld, Eriksen, Davies, George-Kevin N'Koudou and Moussa Sissoko.

Janssen went close to claiming a second, only for Wang to tip his curling shot onto the crossbar while Michel Vorm -- who had replaced Lopez just seconds earlier -- was sharp enough to push Alexander Akande's attempt to safety.

Kane made his entrance as Son's replacement to a huge ovation, and the Premier League's leading scorer added the third seven minutes from time when, after sweeping the ball wide to Trippier, the England striker finished with ease after receiving a perfectly weighted return pass at the far post.

Lucas scored from close range for Kitchee with a minute remaining before Sterling restored Spurs' three-goal cushion in injury time from a similar distance.

Michael Church has written about Asian football for more than 20 years and mainly covers the Chinese game for ESPN FC. Twitter: @michaelrgchurch


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