Kane and Icardi overshadowed as Spurs beat Inter to keep Champions League hopes alive

AS Tottenham and Inter Milan played out a crucial Champions League tie at Wembley, two of Europe's heavyweight strikers were going head-to-head.

Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi are among two of the most revered forwards on the continent and are vital to their club's hopes this season.

Kane and Icardi overshadowed as Spurs beat Inter to keep Champions League hopes aliveReuters4 Kane was unable to add to his four Champions League goals this season

World Cup golden boot winner Kane and the Argentina international Icardi both have seven league goals this term, while they have both netted in the biggest club competition in Europe.

And though the pair were overshadowed – Christian Eriksen scored the only goal in a 1-0 Spurs win – how did they fair up against each other in their biggest group game so far? SunSport investigates.

Goal threat

Kane had hit four goals in the Champions League this season and Icardi three, but neither really looked like adding to their tally here.

Kane fired an early effort into the before he teed up Dele, who blazed over.

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Kane and Icardi overshadowed as Spurs beat Inter to keep Champions League hopes aliveGetty – Contributor4 Icardi netted against Spurs earlier in the group stage but had little impact at Wembley

Icardi had to wait for his first glimpse at goal and when that came he was brought down by Alderweireld, who received a yellow card.

He then wasted a good position after the break by crossing.

Movement

Both of these strikers are renowned for their movement and showed it again.

Kane and Icardi overshadowed as Spurs beat Inter to keep Champions League hopes aliveAFP or licensors4 Substitute Eriksen was the eventual match-winner

Kane did so in the chances he created for himself and his team-mates.

And while scoring opportunities were few and far between for Icardi, he often needed two Spurs defenders to keep tabs on him.

Temperament

You get the feeling these strikers have two very different personalities.

Kane was once again Mr Cool, unruffled despite having very few opportunities.

Kane and Icardi overshadowed as Spurs beat Inter to keep Champions League hopes aliveGetty – Contributor4 Icardi's volley sparked Inter comeback in the pair's first meeting

Icardi’s Latin passion threatened to boil over in protests to the referee.

Verdict

The dynamics of this group meant it was probably not the best night on which to judge these strikers head-to-head.

But on this match alone you would have to say Kane just shaded it, which is not surprising given Tottenham were the hosts and had more of the ball.

Icardi could not save Inter like he did at the San Siro.

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