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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal with Gareth Bale REUTERS/Toby Melville

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal with Gareth Bale REUTERS/Toby Melville

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal with Gareth Bale REUTERS/Toby Melville

Harry Kane’s sensational season continued as his two goals put Tottenham on course for the Europa League quarter-finals as they beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in the last-16 first leg, but he ended the night icing his knee ahead of Sunday's North London derby against Arsenal.

The England captain is having one of his most productive campaigns and took his tally to 26 goals in 37 appearances, while also contributing 16 assists.

A strike in either half against the Croatians justified Jose Mourinho’s decision to select his main striker, despite the north London derby being just 72 hours away, and he equalled a club record of eight European goals in a single season set by Martin Chivers twice and Martin Peters.

He will surely break that if Spurs are to go on and win the competition, which Mourinho is targeting, though his display here might give him next week’s second leg in Zagreb off.

Spurs still have work to do in the Croatian capital, but the result here makes their task easier and the last eight is looming.

The sight of Kane icing his knee will have worried Tottenham fans ahead of the game at Emirates Stadium against the Gunners this weekend, but Mourinho is hopeful his star man will be fit.

"Harry I don't believe is anything big," he stated. "Sunday is a match everyone wants to play and little things will not stop him. I don't have the feeling it is anything serious.

"He is doing everything. He is doing the striker job of scoring goals. the tam work of creating space and linking play and the extra work not many strikers do in defence. He helps us a lot.

"He has an incredible number of clearances from crosses and corners. We couldn't be happier. I gave a rest to many of the players and am so happy with what Vinicius is giving us. But with Harry on the pitch it is a different story for us."

Spurs captain Hugo Lloris warned there is still work for Spurs to do when they play the second leg in Croatia.

"Clean sheet is a satisfaction," declared Lloris. "It is good for us. 2-0 is a good result. We could have scored one more but we are happy. We know how it will be there. It is not done, just half-time.

"We had some ups and downs in the season but we come into an important period now and it is good to feel the players are ready to help the team. If we work well as a team we will give our talent more power to make the difference."

Meanwhile, Arsenal struck two late goals to beat Olympiacos and take control of their Europa League round of 16 clash – having almost proved architects of their own downfall once again.

The Gunners will defend a 3-1 lead at the Emirates Stadium next week and were good value for their win in Greece.

Martin Odegaard’s first Arsenal goal had them ahead only for another defensive calamity to gift Youssef El-Arabi the equaliser just before the hour.

Arsenal were rocked but recovered well and would hit two goals in six minutes as a Gabriel Magalhaes header and a fine strike from substitute Mohamed Elneny earned a good victory.

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