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Stabbed 8 times, Millwall supporter saves lives in London attacks

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When confronted by knife-wielding terrorists in a London pub, Roy Larner called upon the name of his favorite soccer club.

“(Expletive) you, I’m Millwall.”

The Lions supporter, now being dubbed “The Lion of London Bridge”, wound up in intensive care after taking numerous wounds from knife-wielding attackers. His valor allowed many to escape the Black and Blue Steakhouse on Saturday night.

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The 47-year-old was taken to intensive care after using his bare fists to battle the attackers, and there’s a petition at Change.Org to award Larner the George Cross for bravery. That’s the second highest honor in the United Kingdom honors system.

His take on what happened is fairly legendary. From The Independent:

“I stood in front of them trying to fight them off. Everyone else ran to the back. I was on my own against all three of them, that’s why I got hurt so much. It was just me, trying to grab them with my bare hands and hold on. I was swinging.

“I got stabbed and sliced eight times. They got me in my head, chest and both hands. There was blood everywhere.”

So matter-of-fact, and you have to love that his pride has him trying to explain why he “got hurt so much.” Roy, you were fighting three guys with knives. We don’t have experience with that particular terror, but we like to think we wouldn’t have to explain our injuries.

Tottenham cruises into FA Cup semis despite losing Kane early

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It was a tough task no matter where the match would take place, but Millwall stood no chance on Sunday at White Hart Lane.

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Tottenham advanced to the FA Cup semifinals after picking up 6-0 win over Millwall, who currently plays in EFL League 1.

Sunday’s victory for Spurs means the Premier League side will join Arsenal, Manchester City and either Chelsea or Manchester United in this season’s FA Cup final four.

Heung-Min Son provided Spurs with a hat-trick after netting goals on both sides of halftime. Son did beautifully to cut in on his left foot and powered a curling effort into the far corner for his first of the day.

Then, the attacker was released from a Kieran Trippier long ball before knocking home his second finish. While Son’s final strike was surely a heartbreaker for keeper Tom King, the attacker’s powerful volley snuck its way between King’s legs for the day’s final goal.

Tottenham took the lead in the 30th minute when substitute Christian Eriksen netted for the hosts.

Millwall failed to clear their own box before Dele Alli chested down a skyward ball and Eriksen proceeded to smash his volley toward the far post and beyond the keeper.

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Five minutes later, Spurs nearly saw their advantage double when Victor Wanyama smashed a header off the crossbar following a corner kick.

Dele Alli added a fourth late on in the match when Eriksen picked out the England international at the far post for a tap-in finish in the 72nd minute.

Spurs put the match to bed seven minutes later when Son picked out Vincent Janssen inside the Millwall box, who then tucked home the game’s fifth goal.

The hosts dominated the possession and chances, as expected, but Pochettino’s group received an unexpected and unwanted twist after 10 minutes when Harry Kane was forced out of the match with an injury.

Kane went to ground moments earlier after unleashing a powerful shot inside the area that was turned out for a corner kick.

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Spurs had a penalty shout in the 24th minute as Dele Alli appeared to be dragged over in the box by Millwall’s Tony Craig, however, referee Martin Atkinson opted to play on.

Harry Kane limps out of FA Cup quarterfinal with apparent injury

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Tottenham and England supporters alike will be holding their breath.

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Just 10 minutes into Sunday’s FA Cup quarterfinal, Spurs striker Harry Kane exited the squad’s match against third-tier Millwall after going to ground moments earlier near the Millwall goal.

Kane was sent in on goal from a tight angle on the right side of the box, before unleashing a shot that forced Millwall goalkeeper Tom King to turn the effort out for a corner kick.

Upon replay, Kane appeared to twist his ankle as his shot was contested by a Millwall defender and immediately went to ground.

The extent of the 23-year-old’s injury is unknown at this stage, but England manager Gareth Southgate will surely be keeping a close eye ahead of the Three Lions’ upcoming friendly against Germany and subsequent UEFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

Southgate has yet to name his 23-man roster for the two matches, which will take place on March 22 and March 26, respectively.

FA Cup Live: Spurs hope to avoid upset against Millwall

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Following Lincoln City’s defeat to Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup action, Millwall is the lone remaining club that resides outside of the Premier League.

The question is: do the Lions have enough magic left to pull off a monumental upset against Tottenham?

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Millwall has already channeled its inner Cinderella during this season’s competition, knocking off three consecutive PL opponents, with Leicester City its most recent victim in the fifth round.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side nearly succumbed to defeat in the fourth round after undergoing a thrilling 4-3 win against Wycombe Wanderers of League Two.

Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Winks, Son, Alli, Kane (c). Subs: Lloris, Walker, Wimmer, Eriksen, Onomah, Sissoko, Janssen.

Millwall: King, Cummings, Craig, Williams, Thompson, Gregory, Wallace, Webster, Morison, O’Brien, Cooper. Subs: Girling, Hutchinson, Romeo, Butcher, Ferguson, Worrall, Onyedinma.

FA Cup: Expect the upsets to end this weekend

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There will be four teams remaining in the chase for the 2017 FA Cup come Monday night.

Not to bury the lede regarding Lincoln City’s remarkable run to the quarters — Danny Cowley’s Imps are the first non-league side to make it this far in 113 years — but the big boys have come to play.

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Here are the contestants:

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester City — 7:15 a.m. EDT Saturday

Boro: lost the 1997 final
Man City: five titles, last in 2011; Lost 2013 final

Pep Guardiola‘s City is still very much alive for both the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, while still barely hanging out on the outskirts of a Premier League title fight. Assuming Guardiola wants to put some hardware in the cabinet, he’ll be raring to beat Middlesbrough. Maybe Alvaro Negredo can play spoiler against his former club, but Boro hasn’t been able to buy goals. City should be heavy favorites, even on the road.

Arsenal vs. Lincoln City — 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday

Arsenal: 12 titles, won in 2015
Lincoln City: first quarterfinal

Lincoln is the first non-league side to advance this far in the FA Cup since 1914. The Imps won’t be intimidated but they also won’t be able to hide at the Emirates Stadium. If Arsenal can’t perform giving their beatdown against Bayern Munich, then they might as well hang ’em up for 2017. Gunners to cruise.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Millwall — 10 a.m. EDT Sunday

Spurs: Eight titles, last in 1987; Lost 1991 final
Millwall: Lost the 2004 final

Longtime Millwall striker Neil Harris is now thriving as manager, with the Lions unbeaten in 17-straight matches. That said, most of those are in League One. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is another manager anxious to put some hardware in his case. Expect the favorites to win again.

Chelsea vs. Manchester United — 3:45 p.m. EDT Monday

Chelsea: Seven titles, won in 2012
Manchester United: Reigning champs, 12 titles

A massive match-up at Stamford Bridge sees Jose Mourinho back at his old stamping grounds to battle with the Blues. Both sides are pretty good form, with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte having a better run with his new club. This one could go in either direction, though the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses a problem for both sides; Man Utd has to find someone to take his place, but Chelsea has little idea how Mourinho will operate his side without the ever-present and ageless striker.