Tottenham Hotspur held by third-tier Rochdale in FA Cup fifth round

Steve Davies’ equaliser helps third-tier Rochdale hold Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 in FA Cup

football Updated: Feb 18, 2018 23:47 IST
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Rochdale's Steven Davies celebrates scoring their second goal against Tottenham Hotspur in a FA Cup fifth round match.(REUTERS)

Steve Davies struck a stoppage time equaliser to earn third-tier strugglers Rochdale a deserved 2-2 draw in a cracking FA Cup fifth round tie against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

It looked as though substitute Harry Kane’s late penalty had put Tottenham into the quarter-finals but fellow substitute Davies fired home to provoke joyous scenes at Spotland.

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Rochdale, bottom of League One, can now look forward to a money-spinning replay at Tottenham’s temporary Wembley home.

The lively Ian Henderson swept home on the stroke of halftime to give Rochdale a deserved led -- his sixth goal in this season’s competition.

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Tottenham, who also needed a replay to get past fourth-tier Newport in the previous round, dominated the second half and Lucas Moura, making his first start since joining from Paris St Germain in January, equalised on the hour.

The winners will face either Swansea City or Sheffield Wednesday in the quarter-finals.

First Published: Feb 18, 2018 23:43 IST