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Harry Kane helps break Wembley jinx

‘NOT PLAYING BACK’:Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed his side’s ‘aggressive’ play as they ran out big winners with a 4-0 thrashing of Feyenoord

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, right, lines up a shot during their Champions League Group H match against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in London on Wednesday.

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Tottenham Hotspur ended their Wembley jinx and Liverpool were held on their Champions League comeback, while Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a brace on his return from suspension for Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Tottenham ended their woeful Wembley run with an impressive Harry Kane-inspired 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Already scarred by damaging Wembley defeats in the Champions League and FA Cup semi-finals last season, Tottenham have lost to Chelsea and drawn with Burnley this season, sparking alarmist talk that they were jinxed at the hallowed north London venue.

However, after losing eight of their previous 12 matches at Wembley, Kane’s predatory finishing ensured Tottenham finally enjoyed a night to remember in their temporary lodgings.

Son Heung-min’s first goal of the season put Tottenham ahead early on with Andriy Yarmolenko conjuring a sublime equalizer.

Kane, who scored twice in Saturday’s win against Everton, restored Tottenham’s advantage before the interval and wrapped up the victory with his second goal after halftime.

The only blemish for Spurs was a late sending off for a second bookable offense for Jan Vertonghen, who swung his forearm into Mario Goetze’s face.

“It was so important to win, we are so happy. We increased our level in the second half and were very clinical,” Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said. “It is more than three points. The team is more mature now. Harry Kane was fantastic.”

At Anfield, Roberto Firmino’s first-half penalty miss proved costly for Liverpool as Joaquin Correa scored a dramatic equalizer to grab Sevilla a 2-2 draw.

Anfield was in jubilant mood as the English club welcomed back Champions League soccer after a two-year absence, but it took Sevilla just four minutes to dampen the enthusiasm.

After Wissam Ben Yedder had given the Spanish side an early lead, goals from Firmino and Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead, only for Firmino to miss a penalty.

On the hour, Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo was dismissed for throwing the ball away from Liverpool’s Joe Gomez as he tried to take a throw-in, but his disappointment was eased, thanks to Correa, on 72 minutes.

“Of course, I’m not happy with the result, but I’m happy with a big part of the game,” Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said. “A lot of times when good teams play each other, the games are kind of boring, but this game was the opposite and that was due to the desire, the passion, the greed of my team.”

Liverpool and Sevilla were joined on one point in Group E by Spartak Moscow and NK Maribor, who drew 1-1 in Slovenia.

Real have sorely missed their Portuguese superstar as he serves a five-match domestic ban for pushing a referee.

He wasted no time in making his towering presence felt against APOEL, scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bale’s low cross and then doubling his tally from the penalty spot before Sergio Ramos’ overhead-kick rounded off the cosy 3-0 win.

Ronaldo has now struck 12 times in his past six Champions League games.

The titleholders top Group H with Tottenham.

Manchester City ran out the biggest winners of the night with a 4-0 rout of Feyenoord in Rotterdam courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and John Stones’ double.

“We did not play back... We were aggressive... We had the legs to run on the side, especially on the right and created the chances. Enough to win the game comfortably,” City manager Pep Guardiola said.

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