Tranmere Rovers 0-7 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs advance to FA Cup fourth round thanks to Fernando Llorente’s hat-trick at Prenton Park
Heung-Min Son was in irrepressible form for the visitors at Prenton Park, as Harry Kane came off the bench to score as well
Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 7-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.
The visitors found it tough going at Prenton Park for the opening 40 minutes, but went ahead through a moment of magic.
It was the unlikely figure of Serge Aurier who scored it, producing an unstoppable effort from 25 yards that saw the ball swerve dramatically in the air before finding the top corner with five minutes of the first half still to play.
The lead was doubled after the break through Llorente, but it was the irrepressible Hueng-Min Son who was at the heart of things.
The winger again drove at the defence before cutting it back from inside the box to allow the striker an easy tap-in.
Lucas was denied a penalty moments later after racing through on goal and getting a touch to the ball, but the onrushing Davies made contact with his outstretched foot on the ball and was rightly rewarded for a brave effort.
Aurier added his second with a powerful effort from close range on the angle to effectively finish the game.
It was three goals in eight minutes when Son waltzed through the defence before slotting in with his left foot as Spurs begin to cut loose.
Oliver Skipp found Llorente with a fine, defence-splitting pass in the 71st minute for him to add his second, and he cleverly flicked in for his hat-trick moments later after Lucas had time to pick his man out with a low ball from the left.
Harry Kane completed the rout after coming off the bench. Captain for the evening Dele Alli played a perfectly weighted ball through for the England captain to flick the ball over the despairing Scott Davies.
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Star Man – Hueng-Min Son
The South Korea star was at his very best against Tranmere, driving at the defence and breaking in behind the lines all evening.
His energy and adventure proved too much for the Rovers defenders, and his intelligent and selfless running enabled others around him to profit.
What next for Spurs in the FA Cup?
The draw for the fourth round will take place at Molineux on Monday 7 January, after Wolverhampton Wanderers’ third round tie against Liverpool.
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