This is how you take care of a home cup tie against a lower league side. Tottenham absolutely dismantled Millwall, winning 6-0 to move on to the FA Cup semi-finals.
Millwall had beaten three Premier League teams during their Cinderella run, but they hadn’t come up against an in-form side like Tottenham. Spurs had more than 80 percent of the possession early on, peppering the Millwall goal with half-chance after half-chance.
Harry Kane had the best chance of the bunch, smashing a shot into the keeper’s chest from close range. Kane tangled with the defender in the process, going down with an ankle injury before walking gingerly down the tunnel. Fingers crossed it’s not serious.
It was his replacement who finally broke the deadlock. Christian Eriksen picked up a loose ball and ripped a half-volley past the keeper from the corner of the box.
That opened the floodgates for Spurs. Wanyama looped a header off the bar before Son Heung-min doubled the home side’s lead.
The South Korean cut inside from the right before curling an absolute peach of a strike into the top corner.
Sonny was on the scoresheet again after the break, picking a long ball from Kieran Tripper out of the air and hammering a volley into the back of the net.
That went a long way to to silence the Millwall fans, who (unsurprisingly) had been singing racist chants every time he touched the ball.
Spurs kept piling on; Eriksen slid a ball across the six-yard box, giving Alli a tap-in at the back post. Alli gave way to Vincent Janssen, who finally, FINALLY got his first goal from open play to make it 5-0. Good for him!
#thfc Spurs fans sing "Vincent Janssen, he scores when he wants"— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) March 12, 2017
Sonny added a cherry on top, sending a left-footed volley straight at Tom King, which the goalkeeper fumbled between his legs and into the net.
The win sends Tottenham to their first FA Cup semi-final since 2012. The draw will take place on Monday after the quarter-final between Chelsea and Man United.
- Kane’s injury is obviously extremely not good news. He apparently left the ground on crutches and wearing a boot, which isn’t great.
- After the match Pochettino said Kane would likely not play next week against Southampton. He said it looked “a similar situation” to the ankle injury he suffered earlier in the year. He missed more than a month; Spurs scored just six goals in five league games in his absence.
- Does anyone have a better “weaker foot” than Sonny?
- The Millwall fans being awful racists is obviously not shocking. Son bagging a hat-trick to shut them up was very, very good.
- Dele has 16 goals in all competitions this season. He’s 20 years old!
- This was Spurs’ fourth straight tie against a lower-league side. The semi-final draw won’t be so kind; next up will be one of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United.