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Middlesbrough 1-1 Tottenham: Lucas Moura rescues FA Cup third round replay for Spurs – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk

Middlesbrough 1-1 Tottenham: Lucas Moura rescues FA Cup third round replay for Spurs – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk


            

Middlesbrough 1-1 Tottenham: Lucas Moura rescues replay for Spurs after Ashley Fletcher struck opener for Championship side in FA Cup third round clash

  • Ashley Fletcher opened the scoring for Middlesbrough just after half-time after catching Spurs defense flat
  • Goal at the Riverside ensured Tottenham’s failure to keep an away clean sheet for over a year continued
  • )Lucas Moura pounced just after the hour mark to head home the equaliser from a Serge Aurier cross

  • Spurs pressed for a winner in the latter stages but had to settle for a replay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Craig Hope for MailOnline

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He made a statement of intent with his teamsheet and then booted every ball on the touchline, you get the impression Jose Mourinho knows this competition is the most likely avenue to the silverware he has vowed to deliver .

The Spurs boss will take this – a replay having trailed and under-performed – and that was evidenced by the grimace and fist pumps that greeted Lucas Moura’s equalizing goal.

Mourinho is never found wanting for animation, but he was agitated here, especially in the 11 minutes which separated Moura’s effort and Ashley Fletcher’s opener early in the second half.Lucas Moura rescued Tottenham Hotspur just after the hour mark by netting a header to equalise against Middlesbrough

********************** Moura nodded home from a Serge Aurier cross as the forward stepped up to score in the absence of the injured Harry Kane

************Ashley Fletcher had opened the scoring for Middlesbrough early in the second half for the Championship side

The forward raced on to a through ball that caught the Spurs defense flat before firing past Paulo Gazzaniga

Middlesbrough had taken the game to Spurs at the start of the second half and were good value for their lead

******************** (MATCH FACTS)

Middlesbrough:Mejias, Howson, Fry, McNair, Spence, Clayton, Saville, Coulson (Johnson

, Roberts (Gestede) ******************************************, Tavernier, Fletcher (Nmecha)

Subs not used: Wood-Gordon, Wing, Liddle, Brynn

(Goal:) ************** (Fletcher) **********************************************

Booked:

Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sessegnon (Lo Celso) ********************************************, Winks (Lamela, Dier, Lucas Moura, Alli, Eriksen, Son

Subs not used:Sanchez , Vorm, Skipp, Tanganga, Parrott

Goal: Lucas Moura

******************Booked:Alli, Lamela

Referee:Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Attendance:

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The visitors could have won it late on as Mourinho’s attacking changes saw them dominate during the closing stages, but it would have been ill deserved on the balance of a contest in which Jonathan Woodgate’s Boro had threatened to cause an upset.

Spurs only snapped from their slumber after Fletch er’s goal, for they had been poor to that point.

The selection of his strongest XI confirmed Mourinho’s Declaration that Spurs would be giving the FA Cup their best shot, although the subsequent first-half performance was less convincing.

It was Boro who enjoyed the best chance of an opening period that was high on energy if a little low on entertainment.

The tie was 23 minutes old when Paddy McNair loaded a free-kick to the far post and Dael Fry turned a header on goal. Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga got down low to produce a fine block but there was no time to bask in any glory and he was quickly on his feet to save from George Saville’s follow-up.

At the other end Christian Eriksen did draw one save from Tomas Mejias but, that apart, they lacked imagination.

Mourinho was so frustrated with Moura’s casual effort to get back on onside – he was flagged at the expense of a promising attack – that the manager spun and kicked fresh air in annoyance.

Son Heung-min is closed down by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Tomas Mejias during the third round clash at the Riverside

The Tottenham manager shows his frustration at his side’s poor display as he kicks out in frustration during the match

Indeed, Mourinho showed more ur gency on the touchline on occasion than some of those in white on the pitch, especially after seeing Fletcher skip clear and finish on minutes.

One sudden movement to retrieve a loose ball saw the Portuguese lose his footing for a split second, while another sprint with similar intent betrayed his increasing panic.

And so he was a relieved man when Moura rose to steer home Serge Aurier’s deep center just after the hour.

Moura and Erik Lamela were then denied by Tomas Mejias as Spurs sought to avoid a replay, but Mourinho can have few complaints with the final outcome. ********** Middlesbrough went very close to opening the scoring in the first half, with Gazzaniga called upon to make a double save**************

Former Tottenham defender and cur rent Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate instructs his side from the touchline

            

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