London, Jan. 25; Harry Kane became Tottenham's joint-leading scorer of all time by netting in a 1-0 win over Fulham that moved his team three points off the Premier League's top four on Monday.
Kane received a pass with his back to goal at the edge of the area, swiveled and curled a shot into the bottom corner for his 266th goal for Tottenham, putting him level with the late
The finish was classic Kane as he moved to 15 league goals for the season, and 199 in his career. It is shaping up to be his most prolific season yet even if his scoring exploits have been overshadowed by those of Manchester City's Erling Haaland, who already has 25 league goals to his name in his first year in English soccer.
The goal in first-half stoppage time settled a scrappy game that kicked off about 20 minutes late because of traffic problems in southwest London.
Tottenham stayed fifth but narrowed the gap to fourth-place Manchester United in the race for Champions League qualification. Third-place Newcastle is also three points clear of Tottenham, which has played one game more.
After Tottenham's back-to-back losses, to Arsenal then Manchester City, Kane said the players held a meeting with manager Antonio Conte and "talked amongst ourselves about getting back to what we are good at."
Mbappé gets 5 goals
Kylian Mbappé scored five goals, including a 12-minute hat trick in the first half, as Paris Saint-Germain won 7-0 at amateur team Pays de Cassel in the French Cup on Monday to set up a round-of-16 match at bitter rival Marseille.
It was his first hat trick since France's World Cup final defeat to Argentina on Dec. 18. It took Mbappé's tally to 25 goals in 24 games this season and moved him onto 196 overall for PSG — four short of Edinson Cavani's club record. Mbappe became the first PSG player to score five goals in a competitive match.
"We came here to respect this team by playing at our level. That's what we did and we're very happy," Mbappé said.
Inter lose to Empoli
Inter Milan's Italian Super Cup celebration was ruined with a 1-0 home loss to Empoli in Serie A on Monday. Milan Skriniar was sent off with two yellow cards in the first half to leave Inter with 10 men, and 19-year-old Tommaso Baldanzi scored for Empoli midway through the second half following a poor effort from Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Before kickoff, Inter presented the Super Cup trophy to its fans following its 3-0 win over city rival AC Milan in Saudi Arabia last week.
Inter remained third, one point behind Milan, which visits Lazio on Tuesday. Empoli, which extended its unbeaten run to five matches, moved ahead of Juventus into ninth. Also, Bologna was held 1-1 at home by last-place Cremonese.
Valencia's woes continue
Valencia struggled again in the Spanish league, twice relinquishing the lead in a 2-2 home draw against Almeria on Monday. Valencia has only won once in its last nine league games. Gennaro Gattuso's team is in 12th place, three points from the relegation zone.
Justin Kluivert put the hosts ahead in the 48th minute at Mestalla Stadium, and Chumi equalized for Almeria in the 54th. José Luis Gayà gave Valencia the lead again in the 65th before Portillo scored in the 74th. (AP)