Tottenham survived a late scare to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in the FA Cup replay at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Tuesday, January 14th.
The victory takes them into the fourth round of the FA Cup, where they will play away at fellow Premier League side Southampton on January 25th.
The two teams battled to a 1-1 draw at Riverside stadium on January 5th and the north London side seemed determined to put things right in front of their home crowd.
They managed to take the lead just two minutes into the game. Middlesbrough goalkeeper Tomas Mejias’s pass went straight to Giovani lo Celso, and the Argentine took the ball on his favoured left foot and fired into the bottom corner.
Lukas Nmecha was denied by Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga before Spurs doubled their lead in the 15th minute.
Erik Lamela picked up the ball 35 yards out and drove into the net before slotting Mejias to make it 2-0.
Both Lamela and Ryan Sessegnon went close to a third as the hosts went into the break two goals up.
Half-time score: Tottenham 2-0 Middlesbrough
Boro came out strongly at the start of the second half as Lewis Wing’s free kick forced Gazzaniga into a routine save. They were finally reward for their pressure in 84th minute. George Saville controlled a long ball before striking a low shot into the bottom corner.
Despite late pressure, the home side hanged on to earn the victory and qualify for the next round of the tournament.
Full-time score: Tottenham 2-1 Middlesbrough
AFP reported that Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said he knew his side would not be comfortable unless they were three goals up. "I told my players at half time if we don't score 3-0 then at 2-1 we would be in trouble and it happened," Mourinho said.
"The boys are trying their best. Is the FA Cup a priority now? In this moment it is not the priority. The priority is to play a difficult match against Watford in the Premier League."