Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs to face Manchester United in semi-final showdown

Under Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur have yet to win silverware. Matthew Childs  Reuters Under Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur have yet to win silverware. Matthew Childs Reuters
Scott Davis | 19 March, 2018, 00:35

United secured their place in the last four when they beat Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

Manchester United will face Tottenham at Wembley in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, while Chelsea take on Southampton in the other game at the national stadium.

Tottenham are now into the last four of the FA Cup as they pursue a first trophy under Pochettino, and could face off against Manchester United, Southampton, or the victor of Leicester City versus Chelsea.

Swansea never got going on a freezing afternoon in south Wales and can now concentrate on trying to preserve their Premier League status.

Erik Lamela was also on target for Tottenham which will now effectively have a "home" semifinal at Wembley Stadium, its temporary home this season while its new ground is built. Cenk Tosun netted twice for Everton at Stoke, which had Charlie Adam dismissed for a lunge on Wayne Rooney.

"Everyone agreed that we had to play at Wembley, so I don't think teams would see it that way", Vertonghen said.




There are few bigger compliments to give Spurs than to say they did not miss the England striker - who has scored 53 goals in his last 53 matches - and they should have been out of sight before half-time.

But that didn't prevent Pochettino from criticising the use of technology as a lengthy delay followed a decision to rule out a Son Heung-Min strike for offside with Spurs leading 1-0.

But Tottenham was already leading at that stage.

Lamela made it 2-0 right on half time as he ran towards goal and curled home a low shot past the unsighted Nordfeldt.

But, on this evidence, Spurs have a shot at winning the first trophy of Pochettino's four-year reign and their first since the League Cup in 2008.

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