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Kane ramps up pressure on Arsenal as Tottenham rise to top-four challenge, but Burnley worries rise

Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Ryan Sessegnon Tottenham v Burnley May 2022

Tottenham moved two points clear of Arsenal in the hunt for a top-four Premier League finish with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Burnley.

Spurs had moved to within a point of their arch-rivals the Gunners with a 3-0 win in Thursday’s north London derby. However, they found moving ahead of Arsenal harder against a resilient Clarets team.

Antonio Conte’s hosts dominated overall and had eight shots on target. However, it took a VAR check for a handball to allow Harry Kane to break the deadlock just before half time.

Burnley hit back in the second half with chances of their own and goalkeeper Nick Pope made several brilliant saves. But while Spurs could not finish the visitors off, they still earned three crucial points.

Tottenham’s front-foot start rewarded them with a flurry of chances in the first 15 minutes. However, Pope was on hand to save Son Heung-min’s near-post effort, Kane’s header and a low Ben Davies shot.

Kane got his eye in with that header and thought his second effort was in. However, Nathan Collins got across with a vital block with the ball headed for the corner.

Just inside the 14th minute, Spurs had made 106 passes to Burnley’s nine. And at the end of the half, they had notched 13 attempts compared to the Clarets’ one.

In between, though, it was Burnley who settled as the fizz in Spurs‘ early performance faded. Maxwel Cornet had their effort on target after Collins – so influential at the other end – slid the Ivorian through with an eye-of-the-needle pass.

However, Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris anticipated the pass and move and rushed out to block the shot.

In the end, though, the hosts got their breakthrough in added time through Kane’s penalty. The England captain had fired wide from Lucas Moura’s pull-back and it looked as though the half would end goalless.

However, referee Kevin Friend took a look at the VAR monitor after the ball struck Ashley Barnes’ arm in an unnatural position before Moura’s cross. He pointed to the spot and Kane tucked it away impressively.

Burnley came out for the second half with more freedom, but Kevin Long and Collins could not score with headers from two quick-fire free-kicks.

Ashley Barnes then hit the post from long range to really hammer home Spurs’ need for comfort with a second goal. However, Pope stood firm to deny further efforts from Bentancur, Kane and Son.

Tottenham edge out crucial win

Kevin Long, Ben Davies Tottenham v Burnley May 2022

Pope made another great save to deny Son, the England stopper enjoying a fantastic afternoon aside overall.

However, the Clarets’ outfield players were not as clinical as their goalkeeper when it mattered at the other end.

Spurs could also not get another goal, but Conte will be happy to get the win which moves them clear of Arsenal.

The Gunners will be looking to respond when they play Newcastle away from home on Monday.

Burnley, meanwhile, must wait and see how Leeds United and Everton perform later on Sunday to see how damaging this result will be.