Tottenham won a laborious-fought victory over Championship aspect Middlesbrough in their FA Cup third-round replay.
Spurs had been gifted a 2d-minute lead when Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias passed the ball to Giovani lo Celso, who lower inner a misfortune and scored.
Lamela doubled the hosts’ advantage after 15 minutes when he flicked the ball past Mejias after a magnificent flee.
George Saville pulled one again slack on for Boro with a low strike from 20 yards out, however it indubitably modified into now no longer enough.
Middlesbrough replace Rudy Gestede had a giant gamble to pressure additional-time however he can also only head over the bar from eight yards as Spurs held on for the obtain.
Tottenham, who comprise won the FA Cup eight times, will play at Southampton in the fourth round later this month.
- Tottenham v Middlesbrough because it occurred and the relaxation of Tuesday’s FA Cup action
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Spurs assemble worthy-wished victory
The FA Cup represents Tottenham’s most consuming probability of a trophy this season; they’re eighth in the Premier League, out of the EFL Cup – after a shock third-round exit on penalties at League Two Colchester – and comprise a cosmopolitan tie towards Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig in the Champions League final 16.
Within the occasion that they had been to obtain the FA Cup, it will almost definitely be their first trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008.
Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate scored the winner for Spurs in that Wembley closing towards Chelsea 12 years prior to now, as fragment of a team that furthermore incorporated his assistant boss Robbie Keane.
Woodgate and Keane’s fresh aspect, cheered on by 3,700 fans who had travelled down from the north east in basically the most distinguished FA Cup tie on the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, made an terrible delivery after a wicked error from Mejias.
The Spanish goalkeeper, who played under Jose Mourinho at True Madrid in 2011, tried to play a ball to Marvin Johnson, however Lo Celso intercepted the pass contained in the penalty residing, lower inner a misfortune and curled a low effort into the secure.
Boro had a giant gamble to equalise in the 13th minute however Lukas Nmecha, on mortgage from Manchester City, had his effort neatly saved by Paulo Gazzaniga and that proved costly as Lamela’s neutral three minutes later doubled the hosts lead.
Woodgate will almost definitely be all over again heart-broken along with his aspect’s defending as Jonny Howson modified into dispossessed 35 yards from neutral, sooner than Lamela modified into ready to pass on a jinking flee and flick the ball with the out of doors of his foot past Mejias from 12 yards.
Spurs then wasted a faithful form of chances to extinguish the match off as Lamela shot over on the flip, Ryan Sessegnon had an effort pushed broad, Japhet Tanganga shot correct off target and Lucas Moura wasted a giant gamble from a counter-attack.
Boro, 16th in the Championship had opportunities to get themselves again into the tie, however Paddy McNair shot neatly over when unmarked eight yards out and Lewis Flit’s direct free-kick modified into pushed round the submit by Gazzaniga.
Saville’s 83rd-minute neutral for the company gave them hope, however they’ll also now no longer rep an equaliser.
A Tottenham farewell for Eriksen?
With Harry Kane out till as a minimum April after surgical operation on a hamstring peril, Spurs are light on attacking alternatives and boss Mourinho took the probability to ease the workload on his other senior forwards, with Son Heung-min playing only the final 30 minutes, and Dele Alli making a transient look as a replace, coming on after Saville’s neutral.
That supposed every other look in the starting 11 for Christian Eriksen, no topic the midfielder, out of contract on the quit of season, being linked with a January pass to Inter Milan.
Eriksen, who has been with Spurs since 2013, had a giant gamble to ranking after flicking the ball over the head of an opponent and being fouled – riding the ensuing free-kick low and seeing it saved by Mejias.
He’s going to comprise to comprise furthermore been place via on neutral, however team-mate Moura as a replace opted to shoot as a replace as Spurs counter-attacked and can also only dawdle an effort broad.
Eriksen on the subject of scored slack in the 2d half when his low offer in the penalty residing modified into overlooked by all people and Mejias needed to get down neatly to push the ball away one-handed.
This modified into Tottenham’s 31st match of the season and their 14th in a 53-day interval since Mourinho’s first game responsible on 23 November.
He’ll be delighted with the obtain and that additional-time modified into now no longer wished however shall be frustrated with the slack neutral conceded, which implies they’ve only saved one neat sheet in his 14 games responsible.
Man of the match – Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham)
Mourinho’s Tottenham concede all over again – the stats
- Giovani lo Celso and Erik Lamela are basically the most distinguished pair of Argentine gamers to ranking in the same FA Cup match since Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero did so for Manchester City towards Huddersfield in March 2017.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in every of their past 41 FA Cup home matches towards groups from a lower division (won 34, drew seven) since a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Wooded space in January 1975.
- Middlesbrough comprise failed to relief a neat sheet in every of their past 13 conferences with Tottenham in all competitions since a 1-0 obtain on the Riverside Stadium in Might 2005.
- For correct the 2d time true via his 923-game managerial career, Jose Mourinho has seen regarded as one of his golf equipment concede as a minimum once in nine consecutive matches in all competitions, furthermore suffering the same fate with Chelsea between Might and September 2015.
- Timed at one minute 55 seconds, Lo Celso’s strike modified into Spurs’ earliest neutral on the brand new stadium – and their earliest home neutral since Eriksen scored towards Manchester United at Wembley in the Premier League in January 2018.
‘We knew it modified into going to be sophisticated’ – what they mentioned
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, talking to BBC Sport, mentioned: “Three-nil modified into so shut so persistently. I told my gamers at half time if we put now no longer ranking [to make it] 3-0, then if went 2-1 we would possibly per chance per chance be in grief and it occurred.
“We knew the opponents had been laborious. They introduced on Gestede and went direct and made complications and when it modified into 2-1 we knew it modified into going to be sophisticated.
“We tried our most consuming. The boys are trying their most consuming. They dealt neatly with many location-fragment eventualities. We did a entire lot issues neatly. We conceded the neutral, a tiny bit frustrating, however extra frustrating modified into that we did no longer ranking three, four or five.”
Asked if the FA Cup modified into the precedence for Spurs now, Mourinho replied: “In this moment, it’s now no longer the precedence. The precedence is to play a cosmopolitan match towards Watford in the Premier League. When Southampton comes, this can also very neatly be the precedence.”
Tottenham, who comprise only taken one point from their past three Premier League matches, return to league action on Saturday once they play at Watford (12: 30 GMT), sooner than a home game towards Norwich on Wednesday, 22 January (19: 30 GMT). The fourth-round FA Cup tie at Southampton shall be played over the weekend of 24-27 January.
Middlesbrough play all over again in three days time with an away match in the Championship at Fulham on Friday (19: 45 GMT), sooner than spicy Birmingham on 21 January (19: 45 GMT).