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Tottenham vs M’boro: Spurs escape second half scare & march into FA Cup round 4

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Tottenham eased fears of an FA Cup giant killing as they edged into the fourth round despite being given a late scare in their replay with Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough’s hopes of an upset were severely compromised within two minutes when Mejias’ loose pass was intercepted by Lo Celso, who capitalised with a composed finish into the bottom-left corner.

Boro were quickly made to regret not capitalising on that opening when Howson lost possession and Lamela eased beyond Paddy McNair and Dael Fry to double the Tottenham lead.

Saville had a speculative effort deflected on to the roof of the net and Spurs did not heed the warning as he was allowed to advance and slot past Gazzaniga’s apologetic dive to prompt a nervy finale.

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