Premier League: Late Kane Brace Sinks Villa

Harry Kane struck two late goals as Tottenham Hotspur recovered from an early setback to beat promoted Aston Villa 3-1 in their opening match of the Premier League season on Saturday.

Villa, back in the top flight after three seasons away, stunned the home faithful in the ninth minute when John McGinn scored with their first attack.

Dean Smith’s side seemed headed for a winning return to the top flight as they hung on tenaciously until the 73rd minute, but Spurs’ record signing Tanguy Ndombele finally broke Villa’s resistance when he fired home from the edge of the area.

Kane struck in the 86th minute after a mistake by Jack Grealish and the England captain rubbed salt into Villa’s wounds by stroking home his second in the 90th minute.

The result ensures Spurs don’t lose ground early on to title favourites Manchester City and Liverpool after their convincing opening day victories over Norwich and West Ham United respectively.

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