Rochdale stun Spurs to force FA Cup replay

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Soccer Football - FA Cup Fifth Round - Rochdale vs Tottenham Hotspur - The Crown Oil Arena, Rochdale, Britain - February 18, 2018 Tottenham's Lucas Moura in action with Rochdale's Ryan Delaney.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Fifth Round - Rochdale vs Tottenham Hotspur - The Crown Oil Arena, Rochdale, Britain - February 18, 2018 Tottenham's Lucas Moura in action with Rochdale's Ryan Delaney.

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Soccer Football - FA Cup Fifth Round - Rochdale vs Tottenham Hotspur - The Crown Oil Arena, Rochdale, Britain - February 18, 2018 Tottenham's Lucas Moura in action with Rochdale's Ryan Delaney.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Fifth Round - Rochdale vs Tottenham Hotspur - The Crown Oil Arena, Rochdale, Britain - February 18, 2018 Tottenham's Lucas Moura in action with Rochdale's Ryan Delaney.

LONDON – Lowly Rochdale scored deep into stoppage time to deny Tottenham Hotspur victory as their FA Cup fifth-round tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday.

It seemed Spurs had done enough to book their place in the quarter-finals when in-form England striker Harry Kane, on as a substitute, scored from the penalty spot with two minutes of normal time remaining to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

But Rochdale, who had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time through Ian Henderson, equalised when substitute Steve Davies scored from 12 yards in the third minute of stoppage time.

 

This result meant Rochdale, bottom of third-tier League One, can now look forward to a lucrative replay at Wembley -- London club Tottenham&39;s temporary home while their successor ground to White Hart Lane is completed.

"They say it&39;s every kid&39;s dream (to play at Wembley) and we have done enough to go there," Davies told the BBC, before saying of his equaliser: "I&39;ve done my job, it&39;s dropped to me and I&39;ve finished it."

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Rochdale went ahead when Henderson crowned a slick move that made a mockery of the club&39;s league position with a composed finish after an excellent angled through-ball from Andrew Cannon split Spurs&39; defence.

Lucas Moura, however, drew Spurs level, exchanging passes with Moussa Sissoko and beating Rochdale keeper John Lillis just shy of the hour-mark.

It seemed Spurs&39; recovery was complete when Rochdale defender Harrison McGahey brought down Dele Alli and Kane beat Lillis, who dived the right way, with a well-struck penalty.

 

But there was still time for one more twist which means Spurs are facing a Wembley replay for the second round in a row, having needed two games to end fourth-tier strugglers Newport County&39;s FA Cup run.

"It&39;s unbelievable," said Henderson. "We played some incredible football against Spurs. We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them. I knew that we would always have an opportunity (to equalise)."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill added: "We had to do it our way and we did. The players will be looking forward to it (a replay at Wembley) as well as the supporters."