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.