Spurs’ top scorer could not quite find the decisive finishing touch at the Bernabéu but still made an impact that demonstrates how far he has come
Harry the Strong” one front-page headline here had called him. “Kane is the danger,” another warned and Raphaël Varane knew. Moussa Sissoko’s cross from the right sought Kane, as he dashed in front of the French defender, looking for a flick. The ball evaded Kane but not Varane, chasing him across, and it deflected off the defender and beyond the goalkeeper. “The more I play, the more I get a sense of what defenders will do at certain times,” Kane had said, but he can’t have expected this. He would have expected to score from the second of the two big moments in which he played a central role. Everyone else expected it too, Keylor Navas apart.
“If you haven’t played at the Bernabéu, you haven’t been baptised,” Mauricio Pochettino had said. Now his side led. High in the north-eastern corner where four thousand Spurs fans gathered, and in a small pocket low in the west stand too, celebrations began. “He’s one of our own, he’s one of our own, Harry Kane, he’s one of our own,” those supporters had chanted. Inevitably, some of the focus in the buildup to this match was spent asking: how long for? And where would he go?