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Tottenham 6-1 Rochdale: Llorente hat-trick overrides VAR decisions

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Snow, VAR outrage and plenty of goals were the main attraction during Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth round replay at Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur avoided any upset discussions with a 6-1 victory over Rochdale, despite the Premier League facing some shaky moments due to unfavorable VAR decisions in the first half.

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The match flipped in favor of Spurs just a minute into the second stanza though, when Fernando Llorente’s perfectly-timed run finished off with a lobbed finish over goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

Llorente quickly secured a hat-trick within 14 minutes, and capped off his day with his third goal in the 59th minute from a tap-in header.

Stephen Humphrys had equalized just beyond the half hour mark in a stunning turn of events for the visitors, after the striker finished off a through ball from Andrew Cannon.

Cannon nearly gave Rochdale the lead on the stroke of halftime when his low shot struck the post in the 45th minute.

Tottenham took a 1-0 lead on 23 minutes when Heung-Min Son cut in on his right foot and blasted a shot into the far corner beating Lillis.

A penalty decision four minutes later resulted in a second Spurs goal from Son, however, referee Paul Tierney ruled the spot kick off when the South Korean kick taker stuttered during his penalty attempt.

Son was shown a yellow card for the infraction, and the goal was ruled off.

The agile attacker would add another goal in the second half though when he scored Tottenham’s fifth.

Erik Lamela thought he had put Spurs ahead in the sixth minute, however, a controversial VAR decision ruled the goal off despite confusion that ensued throughout Wembley Stadium.

The hosts were furious once again in the 20th minute when Lucas Moura went down inside the Rochdale penalty area. However, the referee opted to play on, despite VAR reviewing the play once again.

Lamela was denied an opportunity to score once again in the 73rd minute, when the Argentine struck the post.

Second-half substitute Kyle Walker-Peters capped off the scoring for the London side with a goal in stoppage time to make it 6-1.

Tottenham will now move on to face Swansea City in the sixth round, as seven PL clubs remain in this season’s FA Cup.

FA Cup preview: Swans-Wednesday, Spurs-Rochdale

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Swansea City’s new managerial hero meets his old mates, and Mauricio Pochettino‘s men hope to avoid further egg on their collective face.

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It starts Tuesday, when Carlos Carvalhal leads his resurgent Swans against the club he managed just over two months ago.

Sheffield Wednesday’s the name, and the winner gets to host either Tottenham Hotspur and Rochdale. Those two stage their replay at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Swansea City vs. Sheffield Wednesday — 3:05 p.m. ET Tuesday

The sides drew 0-0 on Feb. 17 at Hillsborough Stadium, the 28th all-time meeting between the two clubs. No. 29 comes at the Liberty Stadium, where the Owls have not won since 1983. Not to fear, Wednesday faithful, there have only been two draws in the interim.

A win won’t be a wild upset for Wednesday, but it would give a measure of respect to a season which saw the club drop from promotion hopefuls to 17th in the Championship table. Here’s Wednesday’s Cameron Dawson, who made his name as Carvalhal’s surprise keeper:

“He had a nice moment coming back to Hillsborough but now he will be in his home place in Swansea and we will have to try and go there and get a result. But we will back ourselves to do that. We want to get a positive result after Saturday and knock Carlos out of the cup.”

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Rochdale — 3:05 p.m. ET Wednesday

Rochdale and Spurs looked destined for a 1-1 replay when late drama had other ideas at the Spotland Stadium. Dele Alli launched himself into outer space to win a late penalty, converted by Harry Kane, but Steven Davies stunned the Premier League powers with a stoppage time goal to force a replay.

The Dale are heavy underdogs at Wembley Stadium, and Spurs will be aching to find their finishing boots after a frustrating weekend win over Crystal Palace.

Money from Wembley replay will ‘support Rochdale for two or three years’

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Worst-case scenario for Tottenham Hotspur: drawing League One side Rochdale in Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash; best-case scenario for the Dale: drawing the Premier League giants and forcing a replay at Wembley Stadium.

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For a club the size of Rochdale — 10,200-seat stadium, and never been above the third tier of English soccer — the financial impact of raking in half of the game’s gate receipts “will support the club for the next two or three years,” according to manager Keith Hill — quotes from the Guardian:

“I don’t know how much it is worth but a lot of money has gone into the new pitch. That was a heavy investment for us. Hopefully the money we make will support the club for the next two or three years. We will cut our cloth accordingly and we won’t be in debt.”

As for Steve Davies’ 93rd-minute equalizer, Hill was adamant that it was nothing short of what they “deserved”:

“It was a feeling of reward, not relief, because the performance deserved at least the opportunity for us to go to Wembley for a replay. I’ve always wanted to do that against a Premier League team and manager. Why not take them on and try to win? It could have been football suicide but I thought we gained their respect and to score the goal we did was tremendous. The players were magnificent.”

Tottenham Hotspur, soccer philanthropists.

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.

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.