Luck o’ the Irish to you and yours, and especially to Tottenham Hotspur! Spurs aren’t in Ireland, but they are about as close as they can get, playing Swansea in Wales in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
Harry Kane is out injured for Spurs, and Jordan Ayew is suspended for Swansea. The Swans have been one of the in-form teams in the Premier League in 2018, especially at home under Carlos Carvalhal. Spurs have been THE in-form team in the Premier League; they are undefeated in the new year.
Winner goes to Wembley for the semi-finals. COYS!
Match Date, Time and Location
Saturday, Mach 17, 2018, 8:15 am (ET), 12:15 p.m. (GMT)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, UK
Match official: Kevin Friend
United Kingdom: BT Sport 1
USA: Fox Sports 1
Canada: Sportsnet West/East/Pacific/Ontario/World
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Good morning, Spursland! Punk here with your live updates. We’re going to continue to test this out but I will be doing a full match recap on top of this.
Spurs aren’t screwing around with this lineup. It looks like a 4-3-3 but could still be the standard 4-2-3-1. Sonny will play up top in the #9 while Lamela, Eriksen, and Lucas all rotate in the attacking band. Dier and Sissoko will take the pivot, giving Mousa Dembele a rest. Trips, Sanchez, Verts, and Davies are a very familiar back four. Vorm gets the start in net.
No real surprises from Swansea. Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham will start up top for the Swans. He’ll be flanked by Clucas and Dyer in the 5-4-1. Sex, Drugs, and Throughballs star Tom Carroll anchors the midfield with Olsson and Ki Sung-Yeung. Swansea’s back five aren’t great, but they’ve played together quite a bit this season so there is continuity there at least. Nordfeldt starts in net for Swans, so expect him to have at least ten saves because #narrative.
11’: Gooooooooooooooooal Spurs! Lamela carries the ball through the midfield to Christian Eriksen and the Dane takes a few touches before bending a shot into the corner past Nordfeldt. No chance to stop it, 1-0 Spurs!
15’: Lucas you are filthy. The winger makes a couple of sick moves and absolutely owns Swansea’s defenders, but he couldn’t get enough power on his shot at the end. So fun to watch, though.
23’: Sonny manages to get in behind the back line on a great pass and puts it past the keeper, but he’s adjudged offside. BUT WAIT A MINUTE!!! HERE COMES VAR DOWN THE TUNNEL!!!......and it’s still offside.
31’: Big chance missed for Spurs on the counter. Eriksen plays a magnificent throughball to Lamela. The Argentine’s cross almost finds a lunging Lucas but just misses his boot.
37’: Eriksen finds himself all alone and rips a curler for the far corner again. Nordfeldt judges it correctly this time and manages to get a hand on it for the save.
45’+1’: Goooooooooooooooooal Spurs! Erik Lamela shows off his dribbling by getting six touches in between the midfield and defense, clowning them all, and curling a low shot to the corner. 2-0 Spurs!
HT: Swansea 0-2 Tottenham. (Eriksen 11’, Lamela 45’+1’)
HALFTIME SUB, SWANSEA: NARSINGH >> NAUGHTON
46’: Swansea come out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Olsson fires a blast at Vorm who makes the save. Abraham pounces on the rebound, but Vorm makes an even better save to keep the match 2-0.
50’: The big shots from distance continue! This time it’s Eric Dier getting into the act with a blast from 25+ yards. His shot looked good but ended up kissing off of the crossbar to negate his goal chance.
62’: Gooooooooooooooooal Spurs! You knew it was coming after several build ups. Dier kicks a pass out to Lucas, who goes back to Dier. Dier plays it into the middle. Lucas dekes a defender and feeds Eriksen who puts it into the net. 3-0 Spurs and they’re on their way to Wembley.
SUBSTITUTE TOTTENHAM, 73’: LLORENTE >> LUCAS MOURA
79’: I don’t know how it isn’t 4-0 right now. A lovely throughball to Sonny left Swansea’s defense standing. Sonny played a simple low cross to find Llorente, but he was just not close enough to tap it home.
SUBSTITUTE SWANSEA, 80’: ROBERTS >> VAN DER HORNE
SUBSTITUTE TOTTENHAM 81’: DELE >> LAMELA
86’: Free kick to Tottenham from a rough angle. Eriksen pounded a low ball towards the corner hoping to get his hat trick, but several deflections and attempts result in another corner kick.
SUBSTITUTE SWANSEA, 86’: ROUTLEDGE >> DYER
90’: Not much left to play for but Swansea watch Tammy Abraham limp off the pitch and initially head for the dressing room, but he is stopped and manages to come back on the pitch to finish out the match.
Fourth official says there are three added minutes.
FULL TIME: Swansea 0-3 Tottenham (Eriksen 11’, 62’; Lamela 45’+1’)