Swansea 0-3 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino's side cruise into second successive FA Cup semi-final
By Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 17/03/18 4:57pm
Tottenham remained on course for a first FA Cup success since 1991 following a dominant 3-0 quarter-final victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
In the absence of the injured Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen (11) and Erik Lamela (45+1) sent Spurs on their way with superb long-range strikes.
Eriksen extended Spurs' advantage in the 62nd minute after some poor defending from Carlos Carvalhal's side, whose focus will now switch back to Premier League survival after the upcoming international break.
For Spurs, who are the first name into the hat for Sunday's semi-final draw, they reach the last four for the second successive season for the first time in 36 years as Mauricio Pochettino looks to win his first trophy as Tottenham manager.
Swansea: Nordfeldt (7), Naughton (5), Van der Hoor (6), Bartley (5), Mawson (6), Olsson (6), Ki (5), Carroll (5), Clucas (5), Dyer (5), Abraham (5).
Subs: Roberts (n/a), Routledge (n/a), Narsingh (6).
Tottenham: Vorm (7), Trippier (7), Sanchez (7), Vertonghen (7), Davies (7), Dier (7), Sissoko (7), Lamela (8), Eriksen (9), Lucas Moura (7), Son (8).
Subs: Alli (n/a), Llorente (6).
Man of the match: Christian Eriksen.
Spurs' task was helped by an early breakthrough as Swansea stood off Eriksen and the Denmark international punished them, producing a superb strike to beat Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
The visitors thought they had a second in the 23rd minute through Heung-min Son but the flag was raised for offside against South Korean forward after he latched onto Eriksen's through ball. With VAR in use referee Kevin Friend checked in but with replays showing how tight it was, the decision stayed with the on-field official.
Pochettino's side did eventually get the second they deserved just before the break. The Swansea defence stood off again, this time allowing Lamela time and space to pick his spot from the edge of the area.
Carvalhal reacted by sending on Luciano Narsingh for Kyle Naughton at the break and they almost found a way back into the game through Martin Olsson then Tammy Abraham, but former Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm made a superb double stop to preserve his side's two-goal advantage.
Tammy Abraham returned in attack as Swansea made five changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Huddersfield last weekend. Nordfeldt, Bartley, Carroll, Dyer and Abraham replaced Fabianski, Fernandez, King and Jordan and Andre Ayew brothers dropping out. Spurs made seven changes with Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Moura and Lamela replacing Lloris, Aurier, Rose, Dembele, Wanyama, Alli and Kane.
Nordfeldt responded with a fine save of his own to deny Eric Dier but he couldn't keep out Eriksen's 62nd-minute strike as Spurs made sure of victory.
Dier's cross deflected into the path of Lucas Moura, who laid the ball off for Eriksen, and the Dane's low strike found the bottom corner despite Nordfeldt getting a touch.
- Tottenham have reached the FA Cup semi-finals in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1980-81 and 1981-82 campaigns, when they won the competition both times.
- Swansea are now winless in their last 16 games in all competitions against Tottenham (D3 L13).
- 56 per cent of the home goals Swansea have conceded in all competitions in 2018 have been against Tottenham (5/9).
- As well as having the most shots of any player in the match (6), Christian Eriksen also created the most goalscoring opportunities for his teammates (also 6).
- Eriksen has had a hand in 13 goals in 10 games against Swansea in all competitions (8 goals, 5 assists), more than he has vs any other opponent for Spurs.
- Lamela has had a hand in five goals in five FA Cup games this season (2 goals, 3 assists), compared to just two in 17 Premier League appearances (0 goals, 2 assists).
Man of the Match - Christian Eriksen
Not for the first time this season, Eriksen was Tottenham's main man.
So often the creative park for Pochettino's side, the Denmark international stepped up in the absence of Kane, grabbing two goals to book his side a spot in a second successive FA Cup semi-final.
And once again they were excellent strikes from outside the box. There's surely no better ball striker in English football with four of Eriksen's last six goals for Tottenham in all competitions coming from outside the box, including each of his last three.
Tottenham are next in action on Easter Sunday (April 1) against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the game is live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Swansea's next fixture is in the Premier League when they travel to Manchester United on Saturday, March 31.