The FA Cup - Third Round - Replay
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Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport

Son Heung-min scored a stunning goal and set up another as Tottenham booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Leicester.

With both sides flying high in the Premier League, it promised to be a closely fought replay after the sides drew the first match.

But Spurs were barely troubled and took the lead in the 39th minute when Son's 18-yard strike beat Kasper Schmeichel.

Nacer Chadli made it 2-0 when he converted Son's precise through ball.

The north London side travel to League One strugglers Colchester United in the fourth round.

Son shines for Spurs

It was probably the best 83 minutes of Son's Tottenham career so far.

The £22m summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen was the one bright spark in attack on a night when both sides lacked bite up front.

A graphic showing the area covered by Son Heung-min
Son was effervescent in attack for Tottenham - and was extremely effective on the fringes of the Foxes area

With Tottenham pairing Harry Kane and Dele Alli and the Foxes' Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez starting on the bench, it was up to the 'cup players' to prove they were also worthy of a place in their Premier League starting XIs.

For Tottenham, who made eight changes, Son's claim was the strongest. He did what his team-mates struggled to do for almost 40 minutes - penetrate the Leicester backline when he shifted past defender Ben Chilwell before scoring with a ferocious dipping strike.

And his assist for the second was also a thing of beauty. After collecting substitute Kane's pass from the left, Son nutmegged Yohan Benalouane with his ball for Chadli, who fired beyond Schmeichel.

Leicester's blunt attack

'Tinkerman' Claudio Ranieri repeated much of what he had done before the first match by making nine changes from the previous league match.

As in the first game, his side were content to let Tottenham dominate possession seemingly in the hope of catching them on the break.

However, the plan failed. The Spurs midfield quelled the threat of wingers Demarai Gray and Nathan Dyer, and in doing so cut off the supply line for lone striker Leonardo Ulloa.

Shinji Okazaki and Marc Albrighton were brought on after the break, as in the match at White Hart Lane, and improved matters. Albrighton had the Foxes best chance of the match when he forced a good low save from the otherwise redundant Michel Vorm.

In defence, Chilwell should perhaps have closed down Son for the opener, but he was Leicester's best player. The youngster was exceptional as an attacking full-back - the highlight a mazy first-half run that won his side a free-kick.

But it is now only one win in seven games for the Foxes in all competitions - is this more than a blip?

Man of the match

Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min - the South Korea forward is gradually gaining cult status and is perhaps worthy of a run in Spurs' Premier League starting XI

What they said

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We have also the Premier League and Europa League and I think it is very important to keep the squad fit and working hard, and the FA Cup is very important for this. We are having a fantastic season, we are at a fantastic level.

"It is difficult to be fair to players but there is fantastic spirit in the changing room and in the training ground.

"I don't like to speak about change. For me, when you have 24 or 25 players they all work very hard and some players deserve to play and can't - you can only pick 11 and seven on the bench."

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri: "Tonight, Tottenham deserved to win. Our priority is the Premier League.

"The FA Cup, I wanted to see all my players and they played at their maximum. I'm very, very pleased with their performance."

The stats you need to know

  • In 13 meetings in the FA Cup (including two replays), Spurs have eight wins to Leicester's three.
  • Spurs have not lost away from home in domestic competitions since the opening day of the season (W5, D5), when they were beaten at Old Trafford.
  • Spurs have scored first in eight of their past nine meetings with Leicester.

What next?

Leicester are back in league action at home to Stoke on Saturday, and Tottenham are at Crystal Palace.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17SimpsonSubstituted forAlbrightonat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 29Benalouane
  • 30Chilwell
  • 10King
  • 33Inler
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forOkazakiat 45'minutes
  • 24DyerSubstituted forVardyat 74'minutes
  • 23Ulloa
  • 22Gray

Substitutes

  • 5Morgan
  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 14Kanté
  • 20Okazaki
  • 26Mahrez
  • 32Schwarzer

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 2Walker
  • 15Dier
  • 27Wimmer
  • 33DaviesBooked at 20mins
  • 28Carroll
  • 6Bentaleb
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forKaneat 60'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forOnomahat 73'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forAlliat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 10Kane
  • 16Trippier
  • 20Alli
  • 25Onomah
  • 29Winks
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
30,006

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Michel Vorm.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

  6. Post update

    Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

  9. Booking

    Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Shinji Okazaki.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Son Heung-Min.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Demarai Gray tries a through ball, but Shinji Okazaki is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Yohan Benalouane.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.