Pompey dump Spurs out
Portsmouth have set up an FA Cup final with Chelsea after upsetting the odds and securing a 2-0 extra-time success over Tottenham.
Last Updated: 11/04/10 10:49pm
Portsmouth have set up an FA Cup final with Chelsea after upsetting the odds and securing an improbable 2-0 extra-time success over Tottenham.
Spurs were expected to put under-strength and relegated Pompey to the sword at Wembley, but Frederic Piquionne's 99th minute opener and Kevin-Prince Boateng's penalty secured a remarkable win.
High-flying Tottenham started the game on the front foot, although Pompey always posed a danger to Harry Redknapp's side on the counter-attack.
French striker Piquionne was looking lively for the south coast side, however, his shots were often easily gathered by Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes.
Tom Huddlestone was pulling the strings for Spurs and his cross was met by Peter Crouch before his long-range toe-poke was acrobatically tipped over by David James.
Spurs continued to dictate the pace in the second half although their inability to find the back of the net saw Roman Pavlyuchenko replace Jermain Defoe with an hour played.
The remainder of the second half chances feel to Crouch, but more often than not either James or the impressive Aaron Mokoena and Ricardo Rocha came to the rescue for Avram Grant's side.
The unthinkable happened in the 99th minute when Piquionne was Johnny on the spot to stab home from close range after Dawson slipped following Marc Wilson's free-kick.
Grant's charges could and should have netted a crucial second, although John Utaka's through-ball was hopeless for Aruna Dindane in a two-on-one counter-attack.
With Spurs continuing to press, the game was finally up when Boateng converted from the penalty spot despite Wilson Palacios appearing to make contact with the ball before bringing down Dindane in the penalty area.
Pompey's main concern has been keeping the club afloat, so Dindane was saved for the semi-final, and he had an early sight of goal when Piquionne sent him through but Dawson, who passed a late fitness test on his Achilles, made a last-ditch tackle.
Piquionne also had an early effort with a powerful run and a shot that was deflected before Brazilian keeper Gomes saved.
Spurs' threat came through Defoe, who was back in the starting XI after a hamstring problem. The England striker, jeered by the Pompey fans, stabbed over the bar under the challenge of Mokoena after Vedran Corluka flicked on David Bentley's corner.
Free-flowing football was made difficult by the surface at Wembley, with the pitch cutting up in areas and players slipping over, in Steve Finnan's case just 12 seconds after kick-off.
Set pieces were an obvious tactic to employ, with Piquionne finding himself unmarked from a corner but failing to get power on his shot. Boateng also fired a free-kick just wide of Gomes' post.
At the other end, James was called into action when Tom Huddlestone crossed and Crouch climbed above his marker to get a header on target.
The first clear-cut chance came when Hassan Yebda slid Piquionne through and Gomes used his legs to save the Frenchman's finish - Pompey had the better of the first half and they sensed an upset.
Just after the interval, however, Defoe had sight of goal from close range and his finish was bravely blocked by Rocha.
Pompey continued to attack, Dindane scampered past Gareth Bale and his chipped cross found Piquionne with just Gomes to beat but his header went straight at the Brazilian.
Redknapp's response was to bring on Pavlyuchenko for Defoe just before the hour mark, with Pompey fans taunting the striker on his walk to the bench.
That came just before Spurs had a shout for a penalty turned down when the ball struck Finnan's hand.
Crouch had the next chance, heading wide from a Bentley corner after James had flapped at the set piece, then he went over from close range from Bale's cross.
Mokoena had put Crouch off, then the Pompey defender almost scored an own goal when he tried to clear Corluka's cross but he managed to clear off his own line.
In an end-to-end finale to the 90 minutes, Crouch hit the post when he got his head on Bale's deep cross and Corluka had an effort cleared off the line.
Piquionne's goal came nine minutes into extra-time when Wilson's free-kick was met by Boateng. Dawson slipped at the crucial moment and Piquionne tucked his finish away through Gomes' legs.Crouch hit the post and had a goal disallowed as Pompey held on, with Boateng adding to the scoreline when Wilson Palacios brought down Dindane.
|Tottenham Hotspur||Team Statistics||Portsmouth|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|9||Shots on Target||7|
|18||Shots off Target||6|