Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi will stage a do-or-die duel as two of the most prolific strikers in the Champions League go head to head at Wembley on Wednesday, reports AFP.
Now well established as talismanic figures for their clubs, these unlikely heroes have become two of the sport’s hottest properties.
Icardi has scored 106 league goals in 167 appearances for Inter, twice finishing as the joint highest scorer in Serie A and taking over as the club captain three years ago.
Kane has 11 goals in all competitions this season, with his late brace against PSV Eindhoven in Tottenham’s last Champions League tie especially important as it clinched the 2-1 win that kept their last 16 hopes alive. Those crucial goals extended Kane’s remarkable Champions League record to 12 goals in 14 appearances.
Icardi has been equally dynamic in Europe’s elite club competition. The 25-year-old scored the late goal that gave Inter a 2-1 win over Tottenham in the opening game of the group stage. The Argentina international also netted in Inter’s victory at PSV and bagged a priceless last-gasp equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Barcelona earlier this month.
That strike against Group B leaders Barca allowed second placed Inter to keep a three-point lead over third placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the last 16. With only two games remaining, Luciano Spalletti’s side are in pole position to make the knockout stages as they host PSV in their last game, while Tottenham have the daunting task of a trip to Barcelona.
An Inter victory at Wembley would book their last 16 berth, while Tottenham must win to send the
battle to the last round of matches.