FA Cup - Tottenham through to FA Cup semis

Eurosport - Wed, 24 Mar 21:37:00 2010

Tottenham booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals after a 3-1 replay victory over Fulham at White Hart Lane.

Fulham's Dickson Etuhu (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Luka Modric battle for the ball - 0

Their reward is a meeting with Portsmouth at Wembley on April 11.

Three second-half goals from David Bentley, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Eidur Gudjohnsen secured the win for Spurs after Bobby Zamora's early opener for Fulham.

A closely-contested first half saw Fulham take the game to Spurs as they showed no signs of a hangover from their Premier League defeat to Manchester City at the weekend.

Zamora proved the difference in a close first half, calmly slotting the ball past a helpless Heurelho Gomes in the 18th minute after a lovely through-ball from Damien Duff.

Peter Crouch was the main threat for a lacklustre Spurs in the opening 45 minutes, bringing a barrage of long-balls under control but failing to trouble Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal. Luka Modric was also guilty, repeatedly creating opportunities only to send the ball wide.

The closest Spurs came to a breakthrough was through the rejuvenated Gudjohnsen in the 28th minute, but Schwarzer pounced energetically to pluck the ball out of the air and hold on to it.

Whilst Tottenham regained their composure before half-time, it was hard to see where the goals would come from having provided very little threat to Fulham's goal.

However, the half-time introduction of David Bentley and Tom Huddlestone, on for Niko Kranjcar and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, completely changed the game for Tottenham, who started to find the accurate final-ball deliveries which had eluded them in the opening half.

Bentley's impact was immediate and he delivered a free-kick which eluded everyone and curled into the far corner of the net to equalise in the 47th minute.

The goal shook White Hart Lane into life, and suddenly Tottenham were a different team, moving the ball quickly around the pitch, refusing to allow Fulham a look-in.

Spurs were then forced to make their third and final change, with Pavlyuchenko coming on for Vedran Corluka.

Again the substitution made an immediate impact: Bentley sent a teasing cross to the far post which Pavlyuchenko volleyed fiercely inside Schwarzer's near post to put Spurs ahead.

Gudjohnsen finished the scoring six minutes later, playing a quick one-two with Modric before rounding Schwarzer and stabbing the ball into an empty net.

The semi-final will see manager Harry Redknapp take on Portsmouth, the team he led to Cup glory in 2008. Several Spurs players will also face their former club.

Fulham, however, still have a Europa League quarter-final with Wolfsburg to look forward to in what has already been an heroic season for Roy Hodgson's side.

John Stead / Eurosport

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