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Wednesday 4th March 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 4, 2020 by bishshat

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Spurs 2 Norwich 3 on penalties.

Spurs were dumped out of the FA Cup on penalties in the worst Spurs performance I have seen in a while. Very dissapointing.  Tim Krul’s latest shootout antics helped Premier League strugglers Norwich City reach the quarter-finals.

The Dutch ‘keeper saved from Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes, while Erik Lamela missed the target from 12 yards as the Canaries won 3-2 on spot-kicks after the game had ended 1-1 in normal time.

Mourinho handed first starts of the season to Michel Vorm in goal and Oliver Skipp in midfield, the latter’s inclusion meaning record-signing Tanguy Ndombele was once again left on the bench.

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Daniel Farke, meanwhile, made four changes to the side that had beaten Leicester 1-0 in the Premier League on Friday night, with top scorer Temmu Pukki among those rested.

Spurs should have taken the lead early on when Lucas Moura’s driving run and pass put Giovani Lo Celso though on goal, only for the Argentine to sidefoot straight at Krul.

Just two minutes later, however, the hosts were in front, Lo Celso this time the provider as his back post free-kick delivery was bulleted home by the head of Vertonghen.

Mourinho’s side did not immediately seize control of the game though, allowing Norwich back in as Emi Buendia tested Vorm after a terrific run before the Dutch ‘keeper was very fortunate not to spill Lukas Rupp’s long-range striker into his own goal.

The Canaries were on top, but almost handed their rivals a second on the stroke of half-time, Mario Vrancic having his pocket picked inside his own box by Lucas, but the Brazilian could not find a way past Krul.

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The home side’s passivity continued to invite Norwich pressure at the start of the second period, with Eric Dier twice called upon to make important blocks, while Vrancic curled a free-kick not too far over.
Mourinho sent on Gedson and Erik Lamela to try and make the game safe, but instead his goalkeeper gifted Norwich the leveller they deserved as he fumbled substitute Kenny McLean’s strike back into the danger area and Drmic bundled home.

Finally, Spurs came to life, and would have won it in normal time had it not been for an incredible goalline clearance from Ben Godfrey to deny Serge Aurier.

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In extra-time, Mourinho used his permitted fourth substitution to throw teenager Troy Parrott into the fray but it took until two minutes from the end for his side to create a golden chance, only for Gedson to blaze over after Lo Celso’s clever backheel.

Kenny McLean’s early miss handed Spurs the shootout initiative but Lamela found the top of the crossbar to even things up. Krul then saved two of Spurs final three penalties, the decisive one being from Fernandes’ tame effort.