I’m not nervous, YOU’RE nervous. Tottenham Hotspur are back “home” for the FA Cup semif-final match against Manchester United. I say “home” because technically they’re the away side at Wembley, England’s national stadium where they’ve played all their home games this season while they complete the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London. Expect the crowd to be evenly split between lilywhite and Manc red, and expect this game to be anything but easy.
This is a prime opportunity to snap a hoodoo that dates back to 1991, the last time Spurs lifted the FA Cup. Since then Spurs have been to seven FA Cup semi-finals, but have lost every one. That includes the semis last season against Chelsea, a close fought battle that ended 4-2 to the Blues after they were able to bring Diego Costa and Eden Hazard off the bench late.
But it’s a new year and a new opportunity for Spurs, and the players have described themselves as “desperate” to win. Mauricio Pochettino rotated against Brighton at midweek to prepare for this game and dropped two points in the process. Let’s hope that sacrifice was worth it.
FT: Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham. More cup heartbreak for Spurs, who have now dropped their eighth FA Cup semifinal, and second in two years.
There will be 5 minutes of extra time. COYS!
86’ Final sub for Spurs as Son comes off for Erik Lamela. Come on, you beautiful Argentine.
81’ Yellow card for Eric Dier for going in hard against Jesse Lingard. It’s getting chippy. Lingard then gets subbed off for Marcus Rashford.
78’ Second sub for Spurs and one for United: Dembele makes way for Victor Wanyama, while Matteo Darmian comes on for Valencia, who is on a yellow.
73’ So close from Eriksen! The Dane had a swerving shot that hit the water bottle just wide of De Gea’s goal. I thought it was in.
72’ Yellow card for Valencia for time-wasting, lol
67’ Substitution for Tottenham: Lucas Moura coming on for... Ben Davies! That’s an offensive substitution. Let’s hope it works.
62’ Goal United. Ander Herrera scores after Lingard lays it off for him in the box. Vorm really had to do better there. Spurs have it all to do now.
50’ Yellow card for Dele for a hard tackle on Lingard. Free kick to United.
2nd half underway at Wembley. No changes for Spurs, as expected. COYS!
HALFTIME! Well, that was an exhilarating half of football. Eric Dier had a low ball go off the post right before half which made for a frenetic ending. 45 minutes to go and all to play for.
44’ Yikes! Pogba has a pop from distance and it’s a good one - Vorm gets a touch on it and pushes it wide.
37’ Chance for Son who got a boot on the ball on a run into the box. It goes over, and he was offside, but you like the idea.
24’ Goal United. Dembele got dispossessed by Paul Pogba and he lofted a ball to Alexis Sanchez who headed it past Vorm. A rare mistake from Moose.
14’ Nearly two. Harry Kane was inches from getting a boot to a ball at the back post to put Spurs up two, but he just missed it. Close!
11’ GOAL DELE ALLI! Davinson Sanchez had a great ball out from deep to find Eriksen, who put it on a plate for Dele who was wide open at the back post. Spurs lead 1-0!
KICKOFF! We’re underway at Wembley, and within seconds, Kane already has a pop at goal.
Match Date, Time and Location
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:15 pm (ET), 5:15 p.m. (GMT)
Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Match official: Anthony Taylor
NOTE: There were reports going around yesterday that some American FOX affiliates were planning on pre-empting the FA Cup match to show the funeral of Barbara Bush. If this affects you, my sympathies — check any Fox-related extra channels to see if the match has been pushed there. Please remember the NO POLITICS and NO LINKS TO ILLEGAL STREAMS rule of this blog.
United Kingdom: BBC One
USA: FOX, FOX Deportes (Spanish)
Canada: Sportsnet World
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