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Harry Kane ends memorable night with horror goalkeeping gaffe

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane took home the match ball after scoring a superb hat-trick in a 5-1 Europa League rout of Asteras Tripolis, but unfortunately for the youngster that was war far from his memorable contribution in a match that went from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Kane's first senior hat-trick had Spurs in cruise control against the Greek side, a treble haul wrapped up either side of Erik Lamela's ridiculous rabona strike that looked set to dominate headlines, until a strange turn of events in the final few minutes.

The 21-year-old's evening changed late on after Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris received a straight red card for a desperate last-man challenge after darting outside his penalty area, leaving the referee little choice but to reduce the hosts to 10 men for the final three minutes.

Spurs had already made their three substitutions so Kane stepped in to try and stop Asteras claiming a consolation from the resulting free-kick, with disastrous consequences.

Butterfingers sure to get plenty of training-ground ridicule for this

Kane was fortunate enough to have time and space to deal with a tame dead-ball strike from Jeronimo Barrales, but floundered as he attempted to collect a bouncing ball that came off his chest and into the corner to produce a moment of comedy gold.

You can watch Kane showing all the strength of an empty crisp packet in between the sticks by clicking here.

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Video nasty to go with the match ball

It was quite a sight to watch Kane leave the field at White Hart Lane last night in Lloris' number one shirt, the captain's armband on his sleeve and the match ball tucked under one arm.

Kane uses Europe to build platform for success

The Europa League has certainly been a competition Kane's used to underline his credentials as a potential star for Spurs this season, with last night's hat-trick taking him to a tally of six goals in give games in the tournament.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino clearly has faith in the athletic young forward to deliver the goods this season, which is hardly surprising considering the variety of finishes he produced to claim the match ball last night.

Pochettino will now look for Kane to reproduce those European efforts, as an outfield player of course, in domestic action as Spurs look to prove their belong in the mix for Champions League qualification, starting with Sunday's match against Newcastle United.

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