Tottenham Hotspur made the most out of their trip to Craven Cottage with a decisive 3-0 victory over the Cottagers of Fulham to advance further in the FA Cup.
The first fifteen minutes of play saw both sides playing well but Spurs found the first goal of the match. Kieran Trippier took a quick throw-in and led Christian Eriksen perfectly. The Danish International played a perfect low cross into the box, finding the foot of Harry Kane, who poked it just past a diving Bettinelli. Just like that, it was 1-0 Spurs.
Fulham were gifted a perfect chance to equalize just a few minutes later off of a poor pass by Michel Vorm. Tom Cairney intercepted a pass from the Spurs keeper and put a low shot on target. Vorm managed to recover enough to smother the shot, maintaining the one goal lead.
Spurs had a golden opportunity in the 25th minute. Kane intercepted a poor back pass and managed to feed Eriksen. There’s an argument to be made that Eriksen should have one-timed a shot, but he took a touch and his ensuing shot went well over the crossbar, ending the threat.
Fulham had a chance right before the end of the half to equalize. Jan Vertonghen, who returned from injury, had a bit of an awkward touch in the 45th minute. A poor pass was intercepted and fed to Stefan Johansen, who fired a low missile toward the low corner. The shot went just wide and the half ended not long after, keeping the halftime score at 1-0 Spurs.
The same trio that teamed up for the first goal did a repeat performance in the 50th minute. Trippier fed Eriksen at the left corner of the penalty area. A quick cross into the six yard area found Kane, who slipped it passed a diving Bettinelli, making it 2-0.
Spurs missed a great opportunity in the 59th minute as Eriksen flipped a beautiful pass towards Dele Alli far post. Unfortunately for Dele, his touch was not true and the shot attempt was no where close to the net.
In the 71st minute, Fulham had a great chance to get one back off of a set piece. Kevin McDonald came free on a run into the box and put a good header just over a leaping Vorm, but the shot had too much power on it and went into the stands to keep the score 2-0.
Just a few minutes later, Spurs put the match out of reach in the 73rd minute. a couple of quick passes led to Eriksen feeding Kane on a wonderful through pass. Kane had enough time to even look over at the linesman to see if he was onside and pushed forward, powering a shot home to net his hat trick, making it 3-0.
Fulham had a chance again in the 81st minute off of a set piece. The good Sky Captain himself Scott Parker got on the end of a header that was smothered by Michel Vorm, but Parker was offside anyway to end the threat.
Spurs had one final push at the end of the match. Moussa Sissoko pushed forward on a run in the 92nd minute and took a shot that was parried away. Spurs collected the ball and eventually fed a cross into the penalty area to Heung-Min Son, but Sonny’s header went over the crossbar. That’s how it ended at Craven Cottage with Spurs moving on to the quarterfinal.
Spurs now join Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Millwall, and Lincoln City in the Quarterfinal draw. Manchester United play Blackburn Rovers, Sutton United host Arsenal, and Manchester City host Huddersfield Town in a replay to finalize the remainder of the draw.
The FA Cup QF draw will be today at 6:30 PM GMT
Thoughts on the match
- There’s no better way to get back into form than pounding a lower division club. This was a comprehensive win through and through.
- Harry Kane loves him some hat tricks, and he was brilliant today.
- No one really stood out to me as having a bad match. It’s nice to say that again.
- Harry Winks did this, y’all: