English Premiership

Spurs sail into semi-finals

2014-12-18 08:14
Tottenham Hotspur (AP)
Cape Town - A dominant second-half display helped Tottenham Hotspur beat Newcastle 4-0 on Wednesday to reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado added to Nabil Bentaleb's first-half opener as Spurs cruised to victory and into the last four of the competition.

Spurs were gifted the opening goal at White Hart Lane when Christian Eriksen's corner was dropped by young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and Bentaleb swept in his first goal for the club from inside six yards.

Another error, this time from Yoann Gouffran, allowed Spurs in again before half time but Kane's 25-yard strike grazed the post.

Spurs came racing out for the second half and doubled their lead just 30 seconds after the restart as Chadli cut inside and fired a precise shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Remy Cabella should have put Newcastle back in the game immediately when he side-footed wide from four yards out with an open goal following Ayoze Perez's cross.

Spurs went close to extending their lead on numerous occasions as Eriksen saw a long-range effort saved by Alnwick before Jan Vertonghen's header was cleared off the line by Massadio Haidara, reports Football411.

Kane grabbed a deserved goal, his 13th of the season, with a left-footed finish from Andros Townsend's cross to make it 3-0 and was then taken off to a standing ovation from the home crowd.

They were back on their feet moments later as Kane's replacement, Roberto Soldado, pounced on a save from Alnwick to add the fourth and final goal from close range.

Spurs will now face Sheffield United in the last four.

 

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