Totttenham scrape by Boro in FA Cup replay, Newcastle through

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela shoots at goal during the match against Middlebrough at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London January 14, 2020. — Action Images via Reuters
Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela shoots at goal during the match against Middlebrough at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London January 14, 2020. — Action Images via Reuters

LONDON, Jan 15 — Tottenham’s Hotspur’s Argentine midfield duo Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela both scored as Jose Mourinho’s side edged past Middlesbrough 2-1 in their FA Cup third-round replay yesterday.

In eight-times winners Tottenham’s first FA Cup tie at their new stadium, Lo Celso slotted them in front after two minutes before Lamela doubled the lead in the 15th minute.

Second-tier Middlesbrough made it an anxious final few minutes for the hosts as George Saville’s low shot halved the deficit in the 83rd minute but Tottenham survived for a first win in five games to set up a fourth-round trip to Southampton.

Newcastle United strolled past third-tier Rochdale, winning 4-1 at St James’ Park. Eoghan O’Connell’s own goal put Newcastle ahead and Matthew Longstaff and Miguel Almiron ended any chance of an upset with goals before halftime.

Newcastle will face third-tier opponents again in round four in the shape of Oxford United.

Third-tier Shrewsbury Town set up a dream fourth-round tie against Liverpool as they sprang something of a surprise by knocking out Championship club Bristol City 1-0.

Former winners Coventry City, who have fallen on hard times, beat Bristol Rovers 3-0 in their replay to set up a ‘home’ tie with Birmingham City at Birmingham’s St Andrews ground where they are currently tenants.

Second tier Reading won 2-0 at Blackpool.

Tranmere Rovers’ replay at home to top-flight Watford was postponed after heavy rain left the pitch waterlogged. — Reuters

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