Tottenham 2-0 Man United: Spurs run riot

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  • Spurs have won three consecutive home games v United for the first time since 1966
  • This is the first time United have lost at Wembley since 2011
  • Spurs have picked up six points in their six games against the other ‘big six’ sides

LONDON — Tottenham beat Manchester United 2-0 in front of a record Premier League crowd of 81,978 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday with Spurs running United all over the place.

Christian Eriksen scored the third-fastest goal in Premier League history to make it 1-0, then a Kieran Trippier cross was diverted into his own net by Phil Jones in the first half to double Spurs’ lead.

United never really got going with Jose Mourinho’s men hit on the break time and time again in the second half but Spurs couldn’t extend their lead.

With the defeat, their first in nine PL games, United lost ground on leaders Man City, while Spurs close the gap on the top four and are just five points behind United.

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Spurs got off to a perfect start as a long ball forward found Dele Alli and he put the ball into the path of Eriksen who finished calmly to make it 1-0 inside the opening 11 seconds.

United recovered well from that early setback with Anthony Martial denied by Hugo Lloris and Romelu Lukaku looking threatening.

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Spurs then went 2-0 up in bizarre fashion with Kieran Trippier’s cross from the right wing flicked into his own net by Jones at the near post in a moment of madness.

Moments later United almost pulled a goal back as Martial raced free but his shot was pushed wide by Lloris, then Paul Pogba poked an effort over.

There were plenty of big challenges flying in and the home fans weren’t happy that Sanchez and Pogba went down easily, and that Dele Alli didn’t win a penalty kick after a rash challenge from Antonio Valencia, but Spurs didn’t have much to moan about with a 2-0 lead at the break.

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Spurs poured forward in search of a killer third goal with Kane just caught offside and Heung-Min Son dragged an effort wide.

United almost pulled a goal back as Pogba’s exquisite ball over the top found Lukaku who slammed an effort in on goal but Lloris saved.

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Eriksen smashed a shot inches wide as Tottenham pushed hard for another goal late on but it didn’t arrive as Kane was denied by De Gea, then Son should have squared the ball to him but De Gea saved again.

Marouane Fellaini was then subbed on and off in a six-minute spell as he looked to have an injury. United were run ragged all night long and the 2-0 scoreline was kind to them.

Rochdale 2-2 Tottenham: Davies stuns Spurs late

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A valiant effort from a League One side has rewarded the minnows with a replay set to be played at Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur looked on its way towards the FA Cup sixth round on Sunday, but a late finish by Steven Davies gave Rochdale a 2-2 draw with the Premier League club at the Spotland Stadium.

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Harry Kane — who scored his 34th goal on the season in all competitions — converted from the penalty spot in the 88th minute, however, Davies had the final say deep into stoppage time to send the two sides towards a replay.

Ian Henderson’s finish in the 45th minute gave Rochdale a gift at the conclusion of the first stanza, after the hosts capitalized on a Spurs giveaway near midfield.

Meanwhile, Tottenham managed to level the match at 1-1 on the hour mark when Lucas Moura calmly slotted his close-range shot past goalkeeper Josh Lillis after a timely through ball from Moussa Sissoko picked out the former PSG man.

The visitors began pressing on in the second half, with Mauricio Pochettino‘s side having trailed at the halftime break.

The two sides will now meet on either Feb. 27 or 28 in the reverse fixture to decide which team advances. The winner will either meet Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City in the quarterfinals.

Scholes: Pogba didn’t earn Man United spot in 2012 before Juve stint

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Paul Pogba‘s young career has been bright, but a former Manchester United legend suggests that there was a time where the Frenchman struggled to find his way at Old Trafford.

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The 24-year-old Pogba is now in his second stint with the Red Devils, after spending four seasons in Italy with giants Juventus.

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes says though that back in 2012 — prior to Pogba’s move to Juve — that the physical player wasn’t pleased with the fact that he wasn’t getting regular minutes with the first team.

“Ferguson wanted me initially to come back and coach the reserve team with Warren Joyce,” he told BT Sport. “I said in September I’d come back. So I started helping Joycey, and I was training with the reserves.

“I was training every day with the likes of Pogba, Lingard, all these types of players. They were a really good side and I was really enjoying training. I was getting fit, I felt great, and it got to December time and the team was struggling a bit.

“They had a load of injuries, no central midfield players were fit. They ended up playing Phil Jones and Fabio da Silva in central midfield in a game against Blackburn at Old Trafford.

“Funnily enough that was the end of Pogba, because he thought he should have been playing instead of them. But he wasn’t doing well enough.”

Scholes, who had retired briefly in 2011, came back after just six months for the Red Devils, and ended up playing a year-and-a-half more following the decision to end his playing career.

It is widely believed that Pogba’s decision to head to Juventus was largely due to the impact of Scholes in the United squad.

Video: Rochdale puts Tottenham on upset alert at the half

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It’s been a tremendous season for Ian Henderson, particularly in the FA Cup, and now he and his side are one half away from upsetting one of the Premier League giants.

Henderson’s finish on the brink of halftime has put League One side Rochdale up 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur, as the minnows aim to become the first non-PL side to advance to the quarterfinals in this season’s tournament.

A sloppy giveaway from Spurs near midfield created the attack for the hosts, and allowed Rochdale to capitalize on one of its few attacks during the opening stanza.

Benfica routs Boavista 4-0 to take lead in Portugal

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) Benfica routed Boavista 4-0 to move ahead of FC Porto at the top of the Portuguese league on Saturday.

Benfica is one point in front of Porto, which has two games to play.

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Ruben Dias opened the scoring for Benfica in the 18th minute when he headed in a pass from Jardel.

Jardel added a goal just before halftime. Boavista’s Nuno Henrique also scored an own goal before Raul Jimenez polished off the victory in the 90th.

Jonas had a penalty saved by Boavista goalkeeper Vagner with the score 0-0.

Porto hosts Rio Ave on Sunday. Sporting Lisbon is three points behind Benfica before visiting Tondela on Monday.