FA Cup: Spurs cruise into semis

Sean Reid
March 19, 2018

The semi-finals will take place over the weekend of April 21 and 22.

"It was a very good performance".

Tottenham headed to Swansea yesterday without three of their most talented players in the starting XI. We fully deserved the victory. We are in the semi-final because we deserve it.

"I said before to achieve something, we must be at our best and they must be not so good".

Wembley is the designated neutral ground for the FA Cup semifinals - and final - but Tottenham is well accustomed to it after taking up temporary residence at the national stadium this season while its home at White Hart Lane is being redeveloped.

They have not lost there in the Premier League since August, when Chelsea repeated last season's FA Cup semifinal success.

The home side's attacking flurry lasted as long as the morning's snow shower, over in a matter of minutes after Michel Vorm had raced from his goal to prevent Nathan Dyer rounding him.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min then had a goal disallowed for offside - the referee's decision being referred to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system for confirmation. At the other end Dier's long-range shot was tipped wide by Nordfeldt brilliantly as the game opened up.

Swansea made a change at the break, replacing Kyle Naughton with Luciano Narsingh, but the pattern remain unchanged as Spurs pressed for a third goal.

The second goal for Spurs felt inevitable and it arrived on the stroke of half-time. Swansea were utterly dominated and looked disinterested after Erik Lamela doubled the away side's advantage on the cusp of halftime. Shortly after that Lucas Moura came within inches of touching in a cross from Lamela and Eriksen, once again afforded far too much room, struck another superb left-foot shot that Kristoffer Nordfeldt, stretching every sinew, brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar.

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