Pochettino delighted with 'fantastic' Kane after hat-trick

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The England sharp-shooter's first Champions League hat-trick makes it two wins from two in Group H ahead of a huge trip to Real Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino praised Tottenham and Hary Kane for picking up three crucial Champions League points from what he described as a "must-win" game against APOEL.

In-form striker Kane scored a hat-trick - his sixth treble in 2017 - as the Premier League club made it two wins from two in Group H.

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However, while the final score may suggest it was straightforward, Pochettino's patched-up side - minus the suspended Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen, as well as Christian Eriksen due to illness - survived several close shaves on Cypriot soil.

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Igor de Camargo hit the bar when the game was still scoreless, while Hugo Lloris nearly gifted APOEL the opening goal when he cannoned a clearance straight off team-mate Davinson Sanchez.

“It was a tough game. It was a difficult game, they were very motivated,” a delighted Pochettino told BT Sport.

“I think it’s important today to get the three points. It was a must-win game and it’s so important.

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"Today there were some good performances from players who have not been playing regularly.

“Of course, the hat-trick for Harry was a fantastic performance. Today was a difficult night so it was important to win."

Tottenham now face back-to-back fixtures against reigning champions Real Madrid, starting with a trip to the Spanish capital to face old boy Gareth Bale on October 17.