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Evans hat-trick helps Arsenal beat Tottenham to reach FA Cup semi-finals

Arsenal reached the Women’s FA Cup semi-finals as Scotland winger Lisa Evans’ clinical late hat-trick helped them to a 4-0 win over Tottenham.Spurs held off the hosts resolutely until defender Ashleigh Neville gifted possession to Jordan Nobbs, whose superb lob opened the scoring.Evans then netted three times in quick succession to seal the win late…

Arsenal reached the Women’s FA Cup semi-finals as Scotland winger Lisa Evans’ clinical late hat-trick helped them to a 4-0 win over Tottenham.

Spurs held off the hosts resolutely until defender Ashleigh Neville gifted possession to Jordan Nobbs, whose superb lob opened the scoring.

Evans then netted three times in quick succession to seal the win late on.

Arsenal’s Australia forward Caitlin Foord’s looping header had hit the bar in an otherwise quiet first half.

Spurs’ new signing, the United States star Alex Morgan, was on the bench for the visitors but did not come on for her debut.

The two-time World Cup winner watched on from the bench on a rain-hit evening at Meadow Park, where for long periods Spurs had frustrated their north London rivals.

The 31-year-old is building up her fitness again as she has not played competitively for over a year, after giving birth to her daughter on 7 May.

Arsenal still on course for 15th cup triumph

The Gunners had scored 15 goals in their first two Women’s Super League games of the new season but found it hard to break a well-drilled Spurs outfit down for the first hour.

Then on 73 minutes Neville’s loose pass to Nobbs gave the England playmaker a chance to spot goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer off her line and expertly lob the ball over the Spurs skipper to break the deadlock.

As Spurs then chased a leveller, the game became stretched and Evans doubled the lead after Vivianne Miedema’s fine through ball.

Evans then converted from Kim Little and Beth Mead’s good balls in to the box to complete an ultimately convincing win in the closing stages.

Record 14-time winners Arsenal will now face Championship side Leicester City or holders Manchester City in the last four on Thursday (live on BBC Two, 19:15 BST).

Saturday’s local derby had originally been scheduled for 15 March but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Football Association opted to resume last term’s cup after the start of the new league campaign and the final will be played at Wembley on 31 October.

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