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Ramadan Sobhi starts in Stoke’s heavy defeat to Tottenham


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Ramadan Sobhi’s rare start for Stoke was one to forget as his side slumped to a 4-0 defeat away at Tottenham, with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick and assisting a goal for Dele Alli.

Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker; Dier; Alderweireld; Vertonghen; Davies; Wanyama; Dembele; Eriksen; Dele; Kane.

Stoke XI: Grant; Bardsley; Shawcross; Martins Indi; Pieters; Whelan; Adam; Arnautovic; Allen; Ramadan; Crouch.

Spurs went into the game on the back of a surprise loss on aggregate to Gent in the Europa League to end their disappointing European season, and so they went into this match with all of their eggs in the Premier League basket.

It showed early on as Spurs came out all guns blazing, and took an early lead thanks to a precise finish into the bottom corner by their main goal threat Harry Kane, with what was the 100th goal of his senior career.

Stoke’s defence started to collapse, as not long later Kane scored his and Spurs’ second, as he showed good anticipation at the edge of the box to volley on his weak foot into the same corner he scored his first.

Although Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant bailed out his side on numerous occasions, he was unlucky to see a Kane free kick deflected off of Crouch and into the net to make it 3-0, as it was too strong of a contact for Grant to deal with.

Kane turned from scorer to provider as his clever touch over Martins Indi led to him squaring the ball to Dele Alli who finished into an empty net.

Stoke tried desperately to avoid the score getting out of control, with Grant being the main reason the scoreline stayed at 4-0 for so long, with excellent saves on Kane and Walker respectively.

The result means that Stoke finish the weekend in 10th place, one point behind West Ham in 9th. Tottenham move up to second, however they have played an additional game to Manchester City and Arsenal who could potentially overtake them.

Stoke’s next game is at home against Middlesbrough next Saturday.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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