Eriksen scores twice as Tottenham cruise into Cup quarters

Eriksen scores twice as Tottenham cruise into Cup quarters

Christian Eriksen celebrates netting Spurs' third goal.

No Kane, but Spurs have netted seven goals spread among five different scorers, with an FA Cup semi-final place secured and those who questioned how they might respond to the crushing disappointment of the Champions League exit answered in ruthlessly decisive manner.

First-half strikes from Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela put the visitors firmly in the driving seat at the break, before Eriksen struck again in the second-half as Swansea found themselves with limited opportunities in front of their home support. Spurs have continued to improve under his stewardship, but they haven't won a trophy since 2008 and that is a run that they need to end.

Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Hugo Lloris were all left on the bench, but there was no way back for Swansea in their first FA Cup quarterfinal in 54 years after Eriksen's 11th-minute opener.

Swansea's defeat was not entirely unpredictable considering they had not beaten Spurs in 14 Premier League attempts and have to go back to 1991 for their last win over them.

Spurs were without Harry Kane for the game as the England striker begins a spell on the sidelines with damaged ankle ligaments, however, they did not miss his presence in this particular fixture.

'Juventus were waiting for it, I think, ' Eriksen told the Independent.

The controversy came on 23 minutes when Son Heung-min went clean through and crashed the ball home off the underside of the crossbar, only to be denied by the assistant referee's flag.

The incident was reviewed at length by VAR and, with the lines on the television proving inconclusive as to whether Son was offside, the original decision stood.

Tottenham took control after Eriksen's brilliant curled effort and, with Swansea so passive and the Dane seemingly at the centre of everything, Spurs enjoyed an extraordinary amount of possession. Losing to Sevilla 2-1 at Old Trafford came as a surprise but getting eliminated by Brighton, which has progressed to this stage for the first time since 1986, would eclipse it.

But after Eriksen and Moura combined, Lamela danced past Tom Carroll and swept home right-footed.

The Swans started the second half brightly and Michel Vorm pulled out a fine double save to keep out Martin Olsson's long-range effort before saving a point-blank effort from Tammy Abraham.

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