Harry Kane sent Tottenham past third-tier Portsmouth and into the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday as 2021 winners Leicester emerged unscathed from a tricky tie against lowly Gillingham.

Elsewhere, in a day packed with third round action, Southampton came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in a Premier League tie.

Antonio Conte made the changes for Spurs for the game against League One Portsmouth, but retained a heavyweight forward line that included Kane and Son Heung-min.

Kane, in top form, broke the tie on 50 minutes, receiving the ball on the edge of the box and deflecting a fine curling effort past Josh Griffiths’ desperate dive.

The England captain, with four goals in four games since the World Cup, now has 265 goals for Spurs, just one behind the club’s all-time leading goalscorer Jimmy Greaves.

Spurs, who have won the FA Cup eight times, were unable to add to their tally, but finished the match quite comfortably.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who led his side to the trophy two years ago, made several changes after his side’s third successive Premier League defeat this week, but retained veteran striker Jamie Vardy for the game against Leicester. Gillingham, which is at the bottom of the English soccer league.

Vardy was the provider when Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the match in the 56th minute.

Palace took the lead against Premier League cellar side Southampton through Odsonne Edouard.

But Saints equalized in the 37th minute after poor defending from the hosts. James Ward-Prowse sent what appeared to be an innocuous free kick into the box, but Joel Ward missed his attempt to head clear.

The ball bounced inside the box before slipping past goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, who moved in the right direction but was unable to prevent it from going into the net.

Southampton took the lead for the first time midway through the second half.

Guaita was trying to make a routine clearance from outside the box when Adam Armstrong pounced, stealing the ball from the Spaniard and had plenty of time to find the empty net.

Preston came from behind to beat Huddersfield 3-1 while Reading beat Watford 2-0.

Liverpool take on Wolves in the highlight game of the day later on Saturday, with Manchester City hosting Chelsea on Sunday.

Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 on Friday in another Premier League clash.

Forest Green’s draw against Birmingham was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch.

AFP