Swansea v Tottenham – story of the match

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Tottenham strolled into the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a Christian Eriksen-inspired 3-0 victory over Swansea.

Eriksen capped a masterful midfield performance by scoring twice to take his personally tally against Swansea to an astonishing eight goals in 10 games, while Erik Lamela was also on target.

There was no Harry Kane or Dele Alli in Spurs’ XI – the former injured and the latter on the bench – as Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes from the side which had won at Bournemouth last weekend.

But, on this evidence, Spurs have a real shot at winning the first trophy of Pochettino’s four-year reign and their first since the 2008 League Cup.

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Star man – Christian Eriksen

The midfielder has excelled playing deeper this season and the Denmark international pulled the strings for Spurs throughout the last-eight tie. He popped up all over the pitch to receive the ball and he picked out passes which set up numerous chances for the visitors. Eriksen broke the deadlock with a lovely finish in the first half before doubling his tally after 63 minutes to cap off an exceptional performance.

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Kristoffer Nordfeldt can not keep out Christian Eriksen's opener
Kristoffer Nordfeldt can not keep out Christian Eriksen’s opener (Nick Potts/PA)

The hosts were playing in their first FA Cup quarter-final since 1964 when the club was known as Swansea Town, while victory meant Tottenham reached the semi-finals of the competition for the fourth time in nine seasons – but they are still searching for their first final appearance since 1991. Spurs have also never lost in any of their eight trips to the Liberty Stadium, extending their record to six wins and two draws.

Moment of the match

Eriksen continued his fine form with a brilliant opener after 11 minutes. Picking the ball up just inside the Swansea half, the 26-year-old drove at the home defence, who continued to back off, before curling a wonderful left-footed effort into the corner of the net from 20 yards, leaving Kristoffer Nordfeldt with no chance.

Player ratings

Swansea: Kristoffer Nordfeldt 8, Kyle Naughton 5, Mike van der Hoorn 5, Kyle Bartley 4, Alfie Mawson 5, Martin Olsson 6, Nathan Dyer 5, Ki Sung-yueng 6, Tom Carroll 5, Sam Clucas 5, Tammy Abraham 5. Subs: Luciano Narsingh (for Naughton, 45) 6, Connor Roberts (for Van der Hoorn, 81) 6, Wayne Routledge (for Dyer, 86) 5.

Tottenham: Michel Vorm 7, Kieran Trippier 6, Davinson Sanchez 5, Jan Vertonghen 6, Ben Davies 6, Christian Eriksen 9, Eric Dier 7, Moussa Sissoko 7, Erik Lamela 8, Son Hueng-min 8, Lucas Moura 7. Subs: Fernando Llorente (for Moura, 73) 6, Dele Alli (for Lamela, 81) 6.

Who’s up next?

Manchester United v Swansea (Premier League, March 31)

Chelsea v Tottenham (Premier League, April 1)

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