Swansea (United Kingdom)
Christian Eriksen proved Tottenham can thrive without Harry Kane as the Dane’s double sent them into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win at Swansea on Saturday.
With striker Kane sidelined for several weeks due to ankle ligament damage, Mauricio Pochettino’s side received an inspirational performance from Eriksen at the Liberty Stadium.
The midfielder rose to the challenge with a majestic strike to open the scoring early in the first half of the quarter-final.
After Erik Lamela increased Tottenham’s lead before half-time, Eriksen struck again after the interval to make it seven goals in 10 matches against Swansea.
Tottenham, chasing their first silverware under Pochettino, are back in the Wembley semi-finals after losing to Chelsea at that stage of the competition last season.
Swansea never got going on a freezing afternoon in south Wales and can now concentrate on trying to preserve their Premier League status. Swansea’s only chance to upset the form book came when they had an early appeal for a penalty turned down when Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm upended Nathan Dyer.
But Tottenham were unruffled and quickly settled into a tempo that had the home side outnumbered and second best in midfield.
The visitors went ahead in the 11th minute through a wonderful strike by Eriksen, although Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal appealed to the fourth official for VAR to overturn it.—APP