Tottenham beats QPR 2-1 in London derby to close in on English Premier League top 4

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LONDON — Queens Park Rangers' hopes of beating the English Premier League drop received a major blow as Harry Kane underlined his England credentials with a match-winning brace to give Tottenham a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

The attention of those at both ends of the league table were focused on Loftus Road, where the teams involved knew defeat could prove a defining moment in their season.

Kane proved the difference in a tense, entertaining London derby, scoring on both sides of halftime to take his tally to 26 goals in all competitions. The win moved Spurs within three points of the top four.

Sandro's late strike meant his former side had to ride out a late storm, but QPR was unable to avoid falling to a seventh defeat in eight league games.

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