Full-time: Tottenham Hotspur 6-1 Rochdale

  • Tottenham produce a ruthless second-half display to demolish League One strugglers Rochdale in FA Cup fifth-round replay and set up quarter-final date with Swansea
  • Drama/controversy relating to the video assistant referee dominates a bizarre opening 45 minutes at a snow covered Wembley
  • Erik Lamela's opening goal is chalked off by the VAR before Heung-Min Son curls a shot into the bottom corner
  • The South Korean then nets from 12 yards after the VAR awards much-changed Spurs a penalty, but the goal is disallowed for an illegal feint
  • Fulham loanee Stephen Humphrys equalises for Rochdale and Andy Cannon strikes the post on the stroke of half-time
  • Fernando Llorente chips Josh Lillis to restore the hosts' lead 73 seconds after the interval before turning in Lucas Moura's cutback
  • The Spaniard heads home Son's cross from close range to complete a perfect 12-minute second-half hat-trick - his first treble for six years
  • Son adds further gloss to the scoreline with a simple tap-in
  • Kyle Walker-Peters plays a lovely one-two with fellow substitute Dele Alli before producing his first Tottenham goal with virtually the last kick of the game
'Harry Kane wants to stay at Tottenham' – Pochettino Hayters

An utterly ruthless second-half showing from Tottenham sets up an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Swansea on 17 March, though inevitably much of the post-match discourse will be fixated upon that VAR-dominated first 45 minutes.

That is all from me, thanks for following along. Be sure to join IBTimes UK again tomorrow night as - weather permitting - Carabao Cup finalists Arsenal and Manchester City lock horns for the second time in just five days.

Until then, it's goodbye.



Tottenham 6-1 Rochdale


Walker-Peters plays a lovely one-two with Alli before netting his first Tottenham goal with virtually the last kick of the game.

Kyle Walker-Peters
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Goal: Tottenham 6-1 Rochdale (Kyle Walker-Peters)


Alli embarks on a brilliant jinking run but the ball gets away from him before he can pull the trigger.

The England midfielder gets a second bite at the cherry, but Adshead is able to block.


Walker-Peters works his way to the byline but the ball gets held up a touch in the snow and his low cross is intercepted.


Three minutes of added time for Rochdale to endure. This match has been over as a contest for quite some time.


Delaney meets Done's corner but his header sails miles over the crossbar.


A perfect hat-trick - left foot, right foot, header - no less.

His last was for Athletic Club Bilbao against Rayo Vallecano.


Rose fouled Thompson before that delay. The match restarts with a Rafferty free-kick that is headed straight at Vorm by a diving Henderson.


Another break in play while snow is shovelled off the lines of the pitch. It's been impossible to tell where the Rochdale penalty area begins in this second half.

A brief run-out for young Walker-Peters as he replaces Lucas. That was Pochettino's third and final change.

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Into the final 10 minutes at a snow covered Wembley. Tottenham coasting towards the quarter-finals.


16-year-old Adshead comes on to make only his ninth Rochdale appearance. Cannon the man to make way.


Lamela's bending left-footed free-kick cannons back off the post before Alli turns the rebound towards Lillis.



McGahey dispossesses Lamela before the game devolves back into a mere training exercise for Tottenham.

McNulty then crudely body checks substitute Alli.



No second treble as Son makes way for Alli.

Thompson, a man who has twice beaten cancer, tries to catch out Vorm with an audacious effort from the right flank that lands on the roof of the net.


Rochdale have just had no answer to Tottenham's quality and movement in this second half.

Lucas finds Lamela and the Argentine turns the ball inside for Son to tap into an empty net.

Could we see two Spurs hat-tricks tonight?

Heung-Min Son
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Goal: Tottenham 5-1 Rochdale (Heung-Min Son)


Pochettino's first change sees Dembele replace Winks, who has very much flattered to deceive again tonight.

Vorm races off his line to make a timely interception before Rochdale replace Mark Kitching with Joe Thompson.


More misery for deflated Rochdale as Llorente heads in Son's cross from point-blank range.

A 12-minute second-half hat-trick from Harry Kane's back-up has taken this tie away from the League One side in a hurry.


Goal: Tottenham 4-1 Rochdale (Fernando Llorente)


Hill looks to his bench for the first time tonight. Davies - hero of the first clash at Spotland - replaces goalscorer Humphrys.


Finally back on the goal trail...

Fernando Llorente
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