Kane stats as he chases Barcelona's Messi

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A hat-trick against Burnley in Tottenham‘s 3-0 victory on Saturday has seen Harry Kane equal Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year.

The striker still has one game to play this year, against Southampton at home, where he could surpass that mark.

He will also be chasing Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi for the most goals for club and country in 2017. The Argentine has 54 to his name and does not play again until the new year while Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski end 2017 on 53 each, the same as Kane at present.

Here are some staggering stats about Kane’s goal-scoring exploits.

BAGGING MORE THAN THE BAGGIES

With his tally of 36, Kane has more goals in the league than West Brom who have only managed 32 so far.

West Brom playing catch-up

West Brom playing catch-up

HAT-TRICK HERO

Kane hit his seventh Premier League hat-trick against Burnley and is still only 24 years old. That’s as many as Wayne Rooney has managed and only four behind leader Alan Shearer.

Scoring by the threes

Scoring by the threes

LOVING LIFE ON THE ROAD

The Spurs striker has scored 50 goals in just 67 away Premier League fixtures, becoming the quickest player to reach that mark. Sergio Aguero is second having taken 85 games.

Away specialist

Away specialist

BETTER GOAL RATIO THAN MESSI

Believe it or not, Kane has the best goal ratio in Europe this year. With 53 goals in just 49 games, he records a 1.08 goals per game ratio. Meanwhile, Messi 54 goals in 64 games at 0.84  goals per game.

Messi who?

Messi who?

CONSISTENT SCORER

The days of calling Kane a one-season wonder are long gone. He now has 21 goals in all competitions already this season, making this his fourth campaign running in which he’s surpassed the 20-goal mark.

Cant stop scoring

Cant stop scoring

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Mbappe celebrates 19th birthday with goal as PSG win

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Mbappe, sporting a new haircut, got on the scoresheet.

Kylian Mbappe celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday with a goal and an assist as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 3-1 victory over Caen in Ligue 1.

The French teenager has enjoyed a stratospheric rise in 2017 and rounded out a memorable year in style by setting up Edinson Cavani to fire PSG ahead on 21 minutes, before adding a goal of his own on the hour.

Spanish left-back Yuri Berchiche netted his first goal for the club since arriving from Real Sociedad as PSG strolled to a 10th straight home league win despite conceding a late Ivan Santini penalty.

Unai Emery’s team head into the winter break nine points clear of defending champions Monaco and Lyon, with both of those sides claiming 2-1 wins over Rennes and Toulouse respectively.


“It’s a good win to finish with 50 points, but the goal we conceded is something we want to work on after the holidays,” Emery said.








“I think the team has had a very good first half of the season,” he added. “We’ve accomplished our goals of being first in our Champions League group and being top of the league with a sizeable cushion.”


Marseille responded to losing their 12-match unbeaten run at the weekend by coming from a goal behind to defeat Troyes 3-1 at the Velodrome to stay within three points of the Champions League spots.


PSG captain Thiago Silva returned from injury at the Parc des Princes to solidify a defence without the suspended Dani Alves and Presnel Kimpembe, while Neymar shrugged off a bout of illness that forced him to miss training on Tuesday.


Mbappe, sporting dyed white hair for his birthday, was instrumental as PSG surged in front midway through the first half, bursting down the right wing before crossing for Cavani to flick majestically beyond Remy Vercoutre.





Man of the match 🏆 #PSGSMC


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It was the Uruguayan’s league-leading 19th goal of the season and drew him to within one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s club record of 156 – achieved in just four prolific seasons in the French capital.


Giovani Lo Celso, filling in for the banned Marco Verratti in central midfield, created the hosts’ second goal on 57 minutes, getting to the byline and delivering a cross for Mbappe to confidently sweep home.


Neymar went close to adding a third when he broke clear of the Caen defence, but the Brazilian was denied by a terrific low stop from Vercoutre as the veteran goalkeeper tipped the ball onto the post.


Berchiche put the game beyond reach on 81 minutes after collecting a pass from Neymar and hammering low into the far corner, although Croatia striker Santini pulled a goal back from the spot late on after Silva was penalised for a handball.


Radamel Falcao struck for the 15th time this campaign as Monaco won at home to Rennes thanks to an 81st-minute goal from Keita Balde after Wahbi Khazri had levelled for the visitors.


Nabil Fekir converted a first-half penalty and former Manchester United full-back Rafael scored in stoppage time as Lyon beat Toulouse despite a last-gasp spot-kick from Max-Alain Gradel.


“PSG are setting a fairly high pace. For us the main goal is to finish on the podium and to carry on in the second half of the season like we finished the first,” Lyon captain Fekir said.


Bryan Pele put Troyes ahead at Marseille, but Rudi Garcia’s men roared back with goals from Dimitri Payet, Luiz Gustavo and Valere Germain, while Emiliano Sala grabbed a 92nd-minute winner for Nantes in a 1-0 victory at Amiens.


Nice were held to a 1-1 draw at Lille in the absence of suspended Italian striker Mario Balotelli, the result enough to move the struggling hosts out of the bottom two.



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Mourinho says Bristol City got 'a bit lucky' in EFL Cup

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Glum-faced Mourinho looks on.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson hailed a “Roy of the Rovers” night for the Championship club after they dumped holders Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup.

Korey Smith’s stoppage-time strike secured a stunning 2-1 victory, as the Championship promotion challengers joined Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the last-four and drawing a semi-final over two legs against City next month.

Joe Bryan gave City a 51st-minute lead but Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised shortly afterwards. Then, just when extra-time beckoned, Smith was set free by Matty Taylor and delivered the goods.

United became City’s fourth Premier League scalp in the Carabao Cup this season after they previously sent Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace packing.

“I am super proud,” Johnson said. “It was an unbelievable performance. Every player was eight and nine out of 10, minimum, and probably 10.

“To beat Manchester United at home is a historic occasion, and that Korey Smith goal at the end will live in the memory for many generations.

“I think we took the game to Manchester United. We tried to attack, we tried to hustle. We got at them, we jostled for the ball.

“You don’t beat Manchester United if you are Bristol City unless every single player is doing a man and a half’s job.
“These players now will have a bond forever. A night like tonight will just cement that bond.

“We have beaten four Premier League teams now, and we have got to enjoy tonight. It’s Roy of the Rovers.”

And looking ahead to facing runaway Premier League leaders City, Johnson added: “It is a huge challenge, over two legs, particularly. It will be an enjoyable experience.”

Goal hero Smith, meanwhile, told Sky Sports football: “I joined the club when we were in League One. This year we’ve been absolutely brilliant. The younger players are developing and people are coming into their prime.

“To be in the draw with three of the best clubs in the country, it’s just been unbelievable.”

United boss Jose Mourinho was in philosophical mood after seeing his time undone by Smith’s winner that sent most of a 26,000 crowd into raptures.

“They were a bit lucky, but they fought a lot to be lucky,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“They win the game in a moment where we have no possibilities to react. They win the game in our best moment of the game. They win the game when everyone was waiting for our goal. So I have to say they were a bit lucky.

“Also, in the first-half we hit the post twice before they scored the first goal, but they played brilliantly They fought like this was the game of their life, which probably it was.

“I think a beautiful day for football because a team from a lower division won and got into (the) semi-final. A big day for them and a big day for their supporters, so I congratulate them.

“I don’t want that I say they were a bit lucky to be the main thing of it. They main thing if it is that they won and they fought hard for that.

“In the first-half, we lacked intensity that they had, and when I say intensity I say not just physical, I say also mentally.

“For them, it is a big night, and in this club we know how to win and how to lose, so we lose saying congratulations to them and good luck for the semi-final.”

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Bristol City fans celebrate on the pitch at Ashton Gate.

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