Middlesbrough shock Tottenham in FA Cup

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Middlesbrough shock Tottenham in FA Cup

Josh Coburn scored the only goal of the game in extra time as Middlesbrough shocked Tottenham at Riverside Stadium to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

After outsing Manchester United in the last round, Chris Wilders’s side showed the same character and hunger against another Premier League opponent throughout the game and broke the deadlock in the 107th minute.

Josh Coburn was the hero for Middlesbrough this time. The 19-year-old forward thumped a Matt Crooks pass into the far corner beyond Hugo Lloris after being on the pitch for just 11 minutes to continue Middlesbrough’s cinderella run in the FA Cup.

From the first whistle, Middlesbrough took the game to Tottenham instead of shutting up shop. After lively opening minutes, Middlesbrough grew in confidence on the ball and dictated the tempo of the game forcing Spurs deep inside their own half.

Tottenham managed to stay intact before trying to hit back with counters but were nullified by Jonny Howson and Marcus Tavernier.

The chances in normal time were few and far for both teams for the rest of the game. Harry Kane looked to have won it for the Londenders but his effort was ruled out because of an offside call.

Isaiah Jones looked to be Middlesbrough’s biggest threat and tested Lloris late on following a swift break. Howson missed a header of his own from a corner before Son Heung-min failed to put a header past Lumley in the stoppage time for Spurs.

A goal for Middlesbrough looked inevitable in the stoppage time. Coburn made most of his side’s dominance with a fierce winner to send the Riverside into delirium and put the hosts into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2017.

The draw to decide Middlesbrough FA Cup opponents will take place later this week.

 

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