Football: Record-equalling Kane finishes on a high as Tottenham take fifth place

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane scores their first goal against Everton at Goodison Park on May 24, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane scores their first goal against Everton at Goodison Park on May 24, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Tottenham secured a fifth place finish in the Premier League as Harry Kane ended his breakthrough season with the decisive strike in his side's 1-0 win at Everton on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino's side took the points at Goodison Park thanks to England forward Kane's 31st club goal of the season in all competitions.

That victory, combined with Liverpool's 6-1 defeat at Stoke, lifted the north Londoners two points above the Reds into fifth and ensured they will go straight into the Europa League group stage in September, instead of having to start the season in July with a qualifying round for Europe's second tier competition.

Kane's 21st goal in the league also saw him record a personal milestone. The 21-year-old equalled the Spurs record for Premier League goals in a season, a feat achieved by Teddy Sheringham, Juergen Klinsmann and Gareth Bale.

Everton finished 11th after a lacklustre defeat that summed up their disappointing campaign.