Everton knock Spurs out of FA Cup in 5-4 thriller

Sports Desk, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Everton beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Wednesday on a goal in extra time to advance to the Copa del Rey quarterfinals after an absence of five years.

Spurs enjoyed an edge on possession, 75 percent, and outshot the hosts 29-17, yet the Toffees prevailed in the end.

Davinson Sanchez put Tottenham up in the third minute with the first of his two goals and the lead endured until Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalized for the home side in the 36th.

Richarlison – who also had a brace – made it 2-1 two minutes later and Gylfi Sigurdsson increased the advantage in the 43rd minute, scoring from the spot after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg brought down Calvert-Lewin in the box.

But Eric Lamela snatched a goal in the dying seconds of first-half stoppage time to move Spurs within one.

The visitors drew level in the 57th minute, when Sanchez knocked in the rebound after Everton keeper Robin Olsen made the initial stop against Toby Alderweireld off a corner.

Everton moved back in front in the 68th thanks to a superb goal by Richarlison, only for Harry Kane, who came on as a sub in the second half, to bring Spurs even again in the 83rd minute with a header.

Seven minutes into the first extra time period, Sigurdsson sent a pass over the Tottenham defense to the onrushing Bernard and the Brazilian bested keeper Hugo Lloris to get what would prove to be the match winner.

Earlier Wednesday, Manchester City booked their spot in the quarterfinals with a comfortable 1-3 victory over second-division side Swansea City.

With a 15th straight win in all competitions, Pep Guardiola’s men, who are already through to the Carabao Cup final, set a new record for the English top-flight.

The hosts conceded 75 percent possession to the Premier League leaders, but withstood the onslaught until the 30th minute, when Kyle Walker’s cross wound up in the Swansea net.

Raheem Sterling doubled the advantage for City just two minutes into the second half with an assist from Rodri, who snatched the ball in midfield and found his teammate unmarked deep in Swansea’s end.

The visitors extended their lead in the 50th minute with a header from close range by Gabriel Jesus.

Swansea’s consolation goal came in the 77th minute courtesy of sub Morgan Whittaker.

Also advancing to the best eight of the tournament on Wednesday were Leicester City, who topped Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 on a goal in stoppage time by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Each team saw a goal called back for offside in the first half and the contest looked bound for extra time as Leicester prepared for a corner kick in the 94th minute, but the Foxes surprised Brighton by taking the kick quickly and the Nigerian headed-in unmarked from the far post to win it for the home side.

The last remaining non-Premier League club was eliminated from the competition as Sheffield United edged Bristol City 1-0.

Sheffield native Billy Sharp converted from the spot in the 66th minute after Bristol’s Alfie Mawson got a red card for denying a scoring opportunity by using his arm to redirect a shot from David McGoldrick. EFE msg/dr

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