FA Cup Match Report: Swansea vs Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur secured their spot in the semi-final of the FA Cup for the second year running. A solid 3-0 away at the Liberty Stadium keeps silverware a real possibility for Pochettino and his Lilywhite men. Spurs lined up with Heung-Min Son leading the pack as a lone striker, and Moura, Lamela, and Eriksen in support; the victory shows the rest of the Premier League teams that Spurs can score goals without Harry Kane.
The game was very open for the first ten minutes, both sides enjoyed spells in enemy territory. However, it was Eriksen that opened the scoring in the 11th minute of the game. Eriksen received the ball from Lamela, and after a 15-yard carry, curled the ball into Nordfeldt’s top left-hand corner from outside the area. It was a fabulous display of individual skill. Lucas Moura then had a chance to double up quickly. Three minutes after the goal, he ducked and weaved past three Swansea defenders to get into the box, but offloaded a disappointing shot that was swept up calmly by Nordfeldt. Lucas made another dangerous run on the 20-minute mark, but just as he went to release his shot, the sliding tackle of Mawson just tipped the ball away from his feet.
Heung-Min Son had the ball in the net inside 23 minutes but the linesman raised his flag against the South Korean wonder kid. Eriksen had delivered a delightful through ball over the heads of the Swansea defence, with one touch to control the ball, and one touch to finish, Son had thought he doubled the lead for the Lilywhites. It was incredibly close but he was slightly offside. Eriksen was on fiery form in the first half and had a second shot parried off the post and out of danger.
Erik Lamela then saw his opportunity to show the Spurs fans his individual prowess and doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime. Lamela carried the ball from the left side before curling it into the bottom right-hand corner from just outside the penalty area. It was a great finish, but poor defence from the Swans who just let the Argentine press on without any pressure.
The Swans did have a chance to pull one back at the start of the second half. Martin Olsson rocketed the ball towards Vorm who was forced to smack the powerful shot into the path of Tammy Abraham. From point blank range, Abraham headed the ball towards goal and commanded Michel Vorm to return to his feet to pull off an excellent double save, keeping his former team off the scoreboard. Nordfeldt made a world-class save to deny Eric Dier from distance in the 51st minute.
Eriksen scored his brace in the 62nd minute of the game and truly put Swansea out of contention. A deflected ball found itself at Lucas Moura’s feet in the middle of the box. After deciding that he had no room to shoot, the Brazilian turned, laid it off to Christian Eriksen, who hit it first time on his right. It could have been four or five in the last fifteen minutes as Spurs continued to pepper the Swansea net. The match was incredibly one-sided after Spurs netted their first goal. They took 75.2% overall possession and totalled 25 shots. The match ended 3-0 and Spurs will play Manchester United in the semi-final on the 21st April.
Swansea vs Spurs Attendance
The Liberty Stadium: 17,498
Starting Line-ups: Swansea vs Spurs
Swansea City: Nordfeldt, Olsson, Mawson, Bartley, van der Hoorn, Naughton, Clucas, Carroll, Ki, Dyer, Abraham
Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Davies, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Trippier, Sissoko, Dier, Eriksen, Lamela, Lucas Moura, Son
“We are very happy with our performance, I am pleased for the players, and they were excellent. There is still a long way to go… We have the opportunity to try and get to the final. Things have changed at Wembley, no? The perception and feeling is different. Seven months ago it was horrendous, now we are comfortable and happy to play there.”
Man of the Match
Christian Eriksen fully deserves Man of the Match and not just because of his two goals. When he is at his best he really pulls the strings and that’s the Eriksen that graced the pitch today – as he does so consistently for Spurs. His first goal was a display of sheer class. Both of his goals came from outside the penalty area. Not only did the Dane have more shots than any other player on the pitch, he alsy created more chances than anyone else.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs take on Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge on Easter Sunday (1st April) following the international break.