Harry Kane helped Tottenham Hotspur close in on a place in the Europa League quarter-finals as he scored both goals in a 2-0 home victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
The England captain was in the right place to convert a rebound in the 25th minute and he gave his side some insurance to take to Croatia next week with a second after the break.
It was an efficient display from Jose Mourinho‘s side as they claimed a fifth successive win in all competitions.
A hard-working Dinamo, who had won their last six matches in the competition, could have made a dream start when Mislav Orsic ran through on goal in the opening minute but shot tamely.
After that Tottenham were generally in command with Kane’s 25th and 26th goals of the season enough to make them firm favourites to reach the last eight.
Mourinho made seven changes to the side that beat Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend but there was never any doubt that talisman Kane would start.
But the Tottenham striker was unable to complete his hat-trick, limping off late on with a knock to his knee.
Spurs face rivals Arsenal in the north London derby in their next fixture on Sunday, and boss Mourinho said the England international will be fit to start.
“Sunday is a match everyone wants to play and little things will not stop him,” he told BT Sport. “I don’t have the feeling it is anything serious.”