FA Cup: Moura on target as Davies forces replay at Wembley - FCNaija

FA Cup By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/02/2018

Tottenham Hotspurs was held to a 2-2 with English League One outfit Rochdale in the Emirate FA Cup on Sunday evening encounter at Spotland Stadium.

Ian Henderson rifled home the opening goal to give the League One side a shock lead just before the break before Lucas Moura scored on his full Spurs debut cancelled out League One side in the other half.

The tie looked to be over when Harry Kane put his late penalty away, but Rochdale stunned Spurs with that injury time leveller as Steve Davies popped up at the back post to control Toby Alderweireld’s flick-on and fire home to earn Rochdale a replay. 

Setting the Scene

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino makes eleven changes from the team that draw Juventus in the midweek of the Champions League tie in Turin with  Michel Vorm, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Juan Foyth, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Lucas Moura, Heung-Min Son, Fernando Llorente all starting ahead of Harry Kane Dele Ali and Erik Lamela.

First Half 

Wanyama is dispossessed by Cannon who feeds it into Ian Henderson. He had players up in support but opted to shoot and Vorm saves comfortably the first effort on target for Rochdale.

Fernando Llorente ought to have done much better than shoot off-target from 12 yards after Josh Lillis twice saved from Son Heung-min and Lucas fired over after Kieran Trippier's flash across the box was not converted.

Just beyond the half-hour, Camps played a top-flight pass over the Spurs defence for Henderson, but a slashed effort drifted harmlessly wide when Vorm should have been tested.

Spurs remained jittery and Rochdale produced a beautiful passage of play to move ahead on the brink of half-time.

Once again Rochdale picked a Spurs pocket, Harry Winks robbed this time, before Stephen Humphrys picking out Andy Cannon, whose decisive touch to Henderson allowed the captain to smash home, with Pochettino's defence caught out of position.

Second Half 

Jim McNulty followed Llorente deep, but he could not win the ball, and Moussa Sissoko sharply found Lucas darting into space, with the winger producing a composed lift over Lillis one-on-one.

 The inventive Camps almost caught Vorm out from a free-kick but Spurs had more gears to go through, with Pochettino introducing Erik Lamela, Alli and Kane from the bench.

And Spurs were ahead in the 88th minute after Harrison McGahey clumsily fouled Alli and Kane ruthlessly smashed beyond Lillis from 12 yards.

Incredibly, though, the drama was not over. Spurs' attacking subs perhaps short-changed them at the back as a left-wing cross was flicked into the path of the unmarked Davies, who took a touch and buried a famous finish into the bottom corner.