MX23RW : Friday, September 24 13:35:21| >> :60:2498:2498:
Jan 5, 2020 at 2.01pm UK at Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 26,693
SpursTottenham Hotspur
Fletcher (50')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Moura (61')

Result: Lucas Moura rescues Tottenham replay against Middlesbrough

Result: Lucas Moura rescues Tottenham replay against Middlesbrough
© Reuters
Ashley Fletcher had given the Sky Bet Championship club the lead.

Lucas Moura kept Tottenham in the FA Cup as he prevented a third-round shock at the hands of Sky Bet Championship Middlesbrough.

Boro – managed by Jonathan Woodgate, who headed Spurs to victory in the 2008 League Cup final – took a 50th-minute lead through Ashley Fletcher's sixth goal in 11 games.

But Jose Mourinho's men hit back within 11 minutes when Brazilian Moura headed firmly past Tomas Mejias to secure a 1-1 draw and a place in Monday evening's fourth-round draw.

Jose Mourinho's side will have to face Middlesbrough again
Jose Mourinho's side will have to face Middlesbrough again (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Tottenham were well worth a replay on the balance of play on a day when the injured Harry Kane's absence blunted their attack, but Boro equally deserved another crack after a spirited display against last season's Champions League finalists.

Going into the game on the back of four successive Championship wins, the Teessiders started confidently, although it was the visitors who mustered the first attempt on target when Christian Eriksen fired in an eighth-minute shot which goalkeeper Mejias could not hold.

Mejias had to race from his line to deny Son Heung-min two minutes later after Moura embarked on a mazy run before sliding the ball into his path.

Spurs nearly took a 20th-minute lead when Boro defender Paddy McNair diverted Eriksen's cross just past a post as he attempted to block it.

Christian Eriksen could not break the deadlock
Christian Eriksen could not break the deadlock (Owen Humphreys/PA)

But they were almost behind three minutes later as keeper Paulo Gazzaniga had to pull off a double save to deny first Dael Fry and then George Saville from McNair's deep free-kick.

With Son and Moura linking well with Eriksen and Dele Alli – the England international was harshly booked for diving – and wing-backs Serge Aurier and Ryan Sessegnon repeatedly finding space, Spurs continued to look the more threatening as the half-time whistle approached, although without causing Mejias undue problems.

But it was the home side who took the lead five minutes into the second half when Saville, who had seconds earlier seen penalty appeals waved away, clipped the ball over the top of a flat-footed Tottenham rearguard for Fletcher to race clear and beat Gazzaniga.

Ashley Fletcher celebrates his goal
Ashley Fletcher celebrates his goal (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Mourinho's response was to replace Sessegnon and Harry Winks with Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela, but the visitors continued to lack the precision they needed in the final third to drag themselves back into the tie.

However, they did just that in the 61st minute when Aurier drilled a cross to the far post and Moura got between Jonny Howson and Djed Spence to head home an equaliser.

The game opened up as both sides went in search of a winner and Fletcher might have done better when he shot straight at Gazzaniga with 20 minutes remaining.

Mejias just about managed to turn Lamela 74th-minute strike wide as it skipped nastily off the turf, and then pulled off a fine save to keep out Moura's piledriver with nine minutes left.

ID:385106: cacheID:385106:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:8688:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Thomas Lemar in action for Monaco on January 16, 2018
Read Next:
Simeone: 'Lemar has failed to meet expectations at Atletico'

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Primeira Liga
League Two
Scottish Championship
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Ukrainian Premier League
League of Ireland Premier
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Copa Sudamericana
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Premier League 2 - Div 2
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd5410134913
4Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton540174312
5Manchester CityMan City53111111010
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs530236-39
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham522111748
10Aston Villa52128717
12Leicester CityLeicester520358-36
14Crystal Palace512258-35
16Wolverhampton WanderersWolves510425-33
17Leeds UnitedLeeds5032512-73
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle5023613-72
20Norwich CityNorwich5005214-120

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!