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Tottenham beat Swansea to reach FA Cup semis

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Tottenham Hotspur beat Swansea City 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to book their spot in the FA Cup semifinal for the second time in as many seasons.

With Harry Kane out injured, plus the likes of Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele on the bench, Christian Eriksen was the star of the show as he scored twice, while Erik Lamela added another in a game Mauricio Pochettino‘s men dominated from start to finish as their final chance of silverware this season remains intact.

The semifinals of the FA Cup being held at Wembley Stadium on April 21-22 also give Spurs a big advantage as Wembley has been their temporary home ground for the 2017-18 season.

Swansea will now focus on staying in the Premier League as Carlos Carvalhal‘s men are battling against relegation.

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Early on Nathan Dyer burst through and although it looked like he could’ve won a penalty kick as Michel Vorm raced out, neither the referee or VAR awarded the Swans a penalty kick.

Spurs then took the lead with a moment of magic as Eriksen ran towards goal and curled home a superb effort into the far corner to give his side the lead. That was his seventh goal in 10 games against the Swans.

Tottenham then dominated much of the game after going ahead as Eriksen’s perfect ball over the top found Heung-Min Son and he finished magnificently off the crossbar but the South Korean star was flagged offside and VAR decided that was the correct call. Another moment of controversy surrounding VAR…

Chances kept coming for Spurs. A cross from the left almost 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.

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

At half time Luciano Narsingh came on for the Swans as they tried to get back into the game.

Martin Olsson had a rasper pushed away by Vorm and the former Swansea goalkeeper then denied Tammy Abraham with a fine double stop. At the other end Dier’s long-range shot was tipped wide by Nordfeldt brilliantly as the game opened up.

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. Game. Set. Match.

Tottenham could’ve added more goals late on but they settled for three goals as Swansea were in full damage limitation mode.

Brighton 4-1 Swansea City: Seagulls soar

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  • Murray on 10 PL goals for the season
  • Swansea suffer first defeat in 11
  • Brighton unbeaten in four

Brighton and Hove Albion beat Swansea City 4-1 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday as the Seagulls continue to pull clear of the relegation zone.

Glenn Murray scored in each half to get Brighton on their way, while Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia added a goal each in comfortable second half.

Swansea hit the post in the first half but Carlos Carvalhal‘s men were second best throughout and although Tammy Abraham‘s effort deflected off Lewis Dunk and in, it wasn’t enough.

With the win Brighton move on to 31 points for the season, while Swansea remain on 27 points.

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Pascal Gross went close early on for the Seagulls but his shot was blocked by Tom Carroll, yet the home side didn’t have much longer to wait to go ahead.

Murray ran into the box and was needlessly hauled down by Mike Van der Hoorn as a penalty kick was awarded and Murray delivered a panenka to put Brighton 1-0 up and continue his fine form.

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Swansea improved after going behind and Van der Hoorn’s shot got two deflections which almost caught out Mat Ryan but he saved well. Carvalhal then made a substitution to try and spark his team into life with Andre Ayew coming on to replace Nathan Dyer and change the formation before half time had arrived.

Shane Duffy hit the crossbar right on half time as Gross’ corner from the right found the center back and he was inches away from doubling Brighton’s lead. At the other end moments later Jordan Ayew hit the post and the ball struck Ryan on the back before bouncing out and Martin Olsson lashed the rebound wide.

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Swansea kept pressing at the start of the second half as Ki had a shot well saved by Ryan and from a resulting corner the Welsh side claimed a handball against Murray at the back post but nothing was given.

Brighton were close to going 2-0 up as Knockaert’s cross towards Murray (in an offside position) missed everyone and crept in… but Murray attempted to get on the end of it and got in Lukasz Fabianski‘s way. No goal.

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The Seagulls did seal the win late on with a fine flowing move. Jose Izquierdo and Gross played a one-two and the former crossed for Murray to slot home his and Brighton’s second at the back post. Game over. Brighton grabbed another late on as Murray flicked the ball onto Gross and he fed Knockaert to prod home a third.

Abraham came off the bench in the second half and his deflected effort was no more then a late consolation for the Swans who conceded again late on with Locadia jumping off the bench to tap home and make it 4-1.

Swansea 0-2 Tottenham: Spurs stay red-hot

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  • Llorente scores controversial winner
  • Tottenham up into fifth place
  • Alli scores late on with assist from Kane

Tottenham Hotspur battled to a 2-0 win at a spirited Swansea City side in treachrous conditions at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

Fernando Llorente, playing against his former club, headed home a controversial opener and despite heavy Swansea pressure in the second half Spurs sealed the victory late on as Dele Alli continued his good form.

With the win Tottenham move into fifth place and have 40 points, while Swansea stay bottom on 16 points.

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Spurs went ahead after 12 minutes with Christian Eriksen‘s free kick from the left nodded home by Llorente, but the Spanish striker was clearly in an offside position against his former club. The goal stood as Llorente scored on his first PL start for the club.

In the driving rain in South Wales the away side continued to push with Llorente sliding in and going close to getting on the end of another pinpoint pass.

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Before half time Swansea had a free kick in a dangerous area but Renato Sanches was off target, while Martin Olsson fired wide with the soggy conditions impacting the flow of the game.

Llorente almost scored a carbon copy of his first goal just before half time, as he elected to use his foot to flick on Eriksen’s superb free kick but the Spaniard’s effort was over the bar.

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Spurs started the second half brightly with Dele Alli going close and Heung-Min Son also looked dangerous.

However, Davinson Sanchez was lucky to stay on the pitch as he picked up a yellow card and then clattered into Olsson but no second yellow was dished out. Soon after Victor Wanyama made his long awaited return and came on for Sanchez who had pushed his luck.

Lukasz Fabianski denied Alli and then at the other end substitute Luciano Narsingh ran in behind and from a tight angle forced Hugo Lloris into a save.

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Alli then nodded a header close from Eric Dier‘s ball and up the other end Lloris came flying off his line as Jordan Ayew looked certain to equalize but Ben Davies cleared superbly.

Mike Van der Hoorn then hit the post with Lloris beaten as Harry Kane jumped off the bench to try and help Spurs see out the win. Son went close as he volleyed Kieran Trippier‘s cross inches wide late on, but Tottenham sealed things late on.

Kane played in Alli superbly to finish at the second attempt as Spurs won 2-0.

Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City: Vital win for Potters

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  • Bony put Swansea ahead early
  • Shaqiri, Diouf strike before half time
  • First win in five for Stoke

Stoke City beat Swansea City 2-1 at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday as Mark Hughes‘ men got back on track.

Beleaguered Swansea took the lead through Wilfried Bony early on but Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf both scored in the space of four minutes to turn the game on its head in the first half.

Stoke’s first win in five games moves them on to 16 points for the season, while Swansea are rock bottom.

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Swansea took the lead early on and it was former Stoke loanee Bony who popped up to make it 1-0.

Bony only scored twice in his loan spell at Stoke City last season but he made no mistake as he finished Martin Olsson‘s cross just three minutes in.

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The Potters were back level after 36 minutes with Shaqiri bursting into life after Leroy Fer‘s giveaway and he finished superbly to make it 1-1. Game on.

Stoke went 2-1 up in simple fashion four minutes later as a long ball to Peter Crouch flicked on and it hit Kyle Naughton‘s back before being smashed home by Diouf. 2-1.

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In the second half there was a long delay as Bruno Martins Indi was stretchered off and Kevin Wimmer came on in his place.

Swansea looked dangerous on the break as they tried to get level with Ryan Shawcross making a great tackle on Tammy Abraham who raced through on goal.

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Jack Butland, on his return from injury, made a fantastic save from Swansea’s Ki who cut in and drilled a powerful effort on target.

Butland again saved in magnificent fashion late on with Tom Carroll‘s set piece curled in and Shawcross heading towards his own goal but the England international saved brilliantly to secure all three points for Stoke.

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Spurs 0-0 Swans: Finishing betrays hosts

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  • Spurs outshoot Swans
  • Fabianski outstanding in goal
  • Spurs sit fifth

Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski helped stymy dominant Tottenham Hotspur in a scoreless draw at Wembely Stadium on Saturday,

Tottenham sits fifth with eight points, while Swans move to 14th with five.

Spurs failed to build on this week’s home win over Borussia Dortmund, and remain winless in league play at Wembley.

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Harry Kane tore into a ninth-minute free kick, and it looked to be dipping inside the post when Lukasz Fabianski went horizontal to push it out for a corner kick.

Moussa Sissoko played Son Heung-min to the back post, but his near side effort was slapped away by Fabianski. If this was a harbinger of what was to come, get the ice bath ready for the Polish keeper.

Jan Vertonghen dribbled atop the 18, and Kyle Naughton fouled his former teammate to set up another dangerous free kick. Eric Dier‘s effort missed the mark.

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A pair of second-half penalty shouts went unheard in the first several minutes, as Spurs tried to find a way through Paul Clement‘s back line.

Another penalty shout came when Martin Olsson‘s flailing arm caught the ball in the 55th minute, but Mike Dean was again unmoved by the potential foul. Son was then twice denied by Fabianski before Harry Kane rattled the crossbar.

Fabianski robbed Kane off a 65th minute corner, continuing his brilliant day in North London. Kane then hit and 82nd minute drive wide of the near post.

Jordan Ayew chopped down Serge Aurier in the box late, but again no call from Dean.

Spurs kept knocking with Kieran Trippier lacing a shot wide of the goal after Tottenham’s 11th corner kick of the game came in stoppage time.