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Tottenham 1-2 Leicester: Spurs crash out of FA Cup after loss to EPL cellar-dwellers.

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Thirty-five thousand fans piled into White Hart Lane to watch the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. They were the only ones who actually saw Leicester come back and score two late goals to beat Spurs 2-1, knocking them out of the FA Cup.

The game appeared to be pretty open early on, with both teams getting a few chances and half chances, but none of them converting.

Spurs' first half goal came after Robert Soldado was hacked down in the box and awarded a penalty. Andros Townsend cooly slotted home from the spot to put Spurs up.

Leicester had opportunities to equalize, though. Michel Vorm made a couple of nice saves in the first half, first palming away a Kramaric effort from short range off of a cross from Schlupp, and another (apparently brilliant) save on a Schlupp shot that he palmed just over the bar.

Late in the half, Leicester's new record signing Andrej Kramaric was also booked for simulation after he went to ground inside Spurs' box. The ref didn't buy it, and Spurs were awarded a free kick at the edge of the area. Welcome to England, Kramaric.

The first half ended 1-0.

Spurs again didn't make any halftime changes, although Christian Eriksen came in as a substitute for Andros Townsend in the 64th minute, and Emmanuel Adebayor was a late sub for Soldado.

The second half both featured a number of half chances for both sides, with Leicester stretching to try to find the equalizer, and Spurs trying to maintain possession. Leicester didn't do much to create chances, though, and the final tally could've been greater if not for Mark Schwarzer, who made a few wonderful saves of his own.

That all changed in the 85th minute as Ulloa equalized for the Foxes. Schlupp had a corner kick that went all the way across goal. It fell to Ulloa who took a touch and put it in past Vorm to equalize.

Sensing the advantage, Leicester pressed forward trying to find the winner. Harry Kane came in with three minutes to go to try and scrape a last minute winner but in the end it wasn't enough. Jeffrey Schlupp was able to poke a late goal past Michel Vorm to put the Foxes up 2-1. That's the way it ended, and Spurs are now out of the FA Cup.

Notes:

  • It's always difficult to report on a game that you didn't actually watch, but it sure appeared that Roberto Soldado and Lamela had really good games. Bobby had several shot opportunities, was active with his passing, and earned the penalty for Tottenham. Lamela, by all indications, looked active, showing skill and vision.
  • The radio commentators noted that Danny Rose was playing quite high, almost like a wingback, getting forward and creating dangerous opportunities
  • It didn't sound like Leicester was sitting back and parking the bus. They were getting forward, and Schlupp and Kramaric were looking particularly dangerous.
  • Fazio and Kaboul seemed to work well together, which was good since it gave Jan Vertonghen a rest. Didn't seem like they made any egregious errors. If this was Kaboul's shop window, maybe he helped himself, even considering the loss.
  • Ulloa's equalizer sounded like a nice one, and you can't fault the Foxes for taking the chances they were given, and Schlupp played quite well throughout the match. It's a sucky way to lose, but credit to Leicester.
  • Losing in the FA Cup isn't necessarily terrible considering we now have fewer matches to play, but considering that Chelsea and City both lost, it does feel like a missed opportunity to make another deep cup run.
  • At least we didn't lose to a League Two club, yeah? Let's go out and crush Sheffield in the League Cup on Wednesday.