Swansea 0-3 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino’s side cruise into second successive FA Cup semi-final

Christian Eriksen celebrates during Tottenham's FA Cup quarter-final win over Swansea
Christian Eriksen celebrates during Tottenham’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Swansea

Tottenham remained on course for a first FA Cup success since 1991 following a dominant 3-0 quarter-final victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

In the absence of the injured Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen (11) and Erik Lamela (45+1) sent Spurs on their way with superb long-range strikes.

Eriksen extended Spurs’ advantage in the 62nd minute after some poor defending from Carlos Carvalhal’s side, whose focus will now switch back to Premier League survival after the upcoming international break.

Player ratings

Swansea: Nordfeldt (7), Naughton (5), Van der Hoor (6), Bartley (5), Mawson (6), Olsson (6), Ki (5), Carroll (5), Clucas (5), Dyer (5), Abraham (5).

Subs: Roberts (n/a), Routledge (n/a), Narsingh (6).

Tottenham: Vorm (7), Trippier (7), Sanchez (7), Vertonghen (7), Davies (7), Dier (7), Sissoko (7), Lamela (8), Eriksen (9), Lucas Moura (7), Son (8).

Subs: Alli (n/a), Llorente (6).

Man of the match: Christian Eriksen.

Spurs’ task was helped by an early breakthrough as Swansea stood off Eriksen and the Denmark international punished them, producing a superb strike to beat Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

The visitors thought they had a second in the 23rd minute through Heung-min Son but the flag was raised for offside against South Korean forward after he latched onto Eriksen’s through ball. With VAR in use referee Kevin Friend checked in but with replays showing how tight it was, the decision stayed with the on-field official.

Erik Lamela curled home Tottenham's second against Swansea
Erik Lamela curled home Tottenham’s second against Swansea

Pochettino’s side did eventually get the second they deserved just before the break. The Swansea defence stood off again, this time allowing Lamela time and space to pick his spot from the edge of the area.

Carvalhal reacted by sending on Luciano Narsingh for Kyle Naughton at the break and they almost found a way back into the game through Martin Olsson then Tammy Abraham, but former Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm made a superb double stop to preserve his side’s two-goal advantage.

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