Christian Eriksen runs show for Tottenham Hotspur in absence of Harry Kane

19 March, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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It was embarrassingly one-sided at times and the only surprise was that Spurs took until the stroke of half-time to double their lead.

Swansea was without cup-tied striker Andre Ayew and his brother Jordan who was suspended, but began brightly enough with Tammy Abraham having an early chance. That said, Carvalhal was still entitled to expect so much more from a side that showed so little desire and fight in the club's first FA Cup quarter-final since 1964.

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.

"It was a fantastic performance, I'm very pleased and happy for the players and the fans".

Eriksen then finished the game off as Moura found him on the edge of the box and his low shot crept past several Swansea defenders and in.

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Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min crashed the ball into the net off the underside of the bar in the 23rd minute only for the goal to be ruled out for offside, correctly concluded the officials in charge of the VAR technology. A cross from the left nearly found Lucas Moura at the near post but he couldn't quite get on the end of it, then Eriksen had a curling effort tipped onto the bar by Nordfeldt and Eric Dier nodded just over as Tottenham totally dominated the first half.

It was, in other words, a matter of time before Spurs scored a second.

Erik Lamela also struck from outside the area in the quarterfinal at Liberty Stadium as Tottenham stayed in contention for a first trophy in 10 years.

"There were a couple of games which we should have won and we didn't, but after the Champions League games, things turned around and we felt we could beat everyone there. We know there is a gap and that they are better".

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