Playmaker Christian Eriksen scored in each half as Tottenham Hotspurs eased past Swansea City in a 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium, Wales on Saturday to qualify for the FA Cup semi-finals.
This win enabled Spurs to inch closer to their first silverware under manager Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure and will have ‘home’ advantage at Wembley Stadium in the next round as renovations are going at White Hart Lane.
Eriksen fired the visitors ahead in the 11th minute after being given acres of space to run at the defence before unleashing a beautiful curler from about 20 yards out to silence the home crowd.
South Korean Heung-Min Son thought he had doubled Spurs’ lead in the 23rd minute after being put through by Eriksen only to be flagged for offside. Referee Kevin Friend used the VAR technology that will be introduced in the World Cup to draw clarity in the situation. He decided to stick with the offside decision.
Woeful defending by Swansea enabled Spurs to grab a second goal at the stroke of half time. Erick Lamela was given time and space to drive into the heart of the defence before drilling a hard show to the bottom right corner for a 2-0 lead.
Spurs put the game to bed in the 62nd minute as Eriksen got his brace. The Danish international got on the end of a neat Lucas Moura set up to fire past a barricade of Swansea defenders.
Pochettino’s project of winning a trophy with Spurs continues as his team reached their second consecutive semi-finals. Later on Saturday, Manchester United was due to play Brighton and Hove Albion in the other quarter-final at Old Trafford. The Manchester-based side has faced a turbulent week following a shocking elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Sevilla.
Chelsea on the other hand will be away at the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Sunday. They too have the FA Cup as their only chance at silverware this season in what has been viewed as a sharp decline for the defending league champions