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  1. Spurs beat Rochdale 6-1 in FA Cup fifth-round replay
  2. Referee Paul Tierney uses VAR to rule out a goal, award a Spurs penalty and disallow a spot-kick
  3. Have your say on 81111 or #bbcfootball

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Thursday's football latest

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Van Dijk needed to 'step up'

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has told Football Focus he had to "step up" his game when he he moved to Anfield.

The former Celtic and Southampton centre-back, 26, scored on his debut at Anfield against Everton in the FA Cup.

However, the Dutch international says he has needed time to adapt to Jurgen Klopp's high-tempo, pressing style of play.

"I am getting used to how we play," he says. "The intensity of our game is a lot higher than what I was used to. Every day here is tough. We work very hard, run a lot and there is a big difference. I needed to step up my game, especially in the beginning."

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Griezmann leads Atletico to victory

Let's go to a slightly warmer Madrid for a moment where Antoine Griezmann scored all four goals, to add to a hat-trick at the weekend, as Atletico thrashed Leganes for an eighth win in a row heading into their game at title rivals Barcelona.

Atletico are four points behind Barca, who visit Las Palmas on Thursday.

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England women ready for France

England v France (Thursday, 21:00 GMT)

Also on Thursday, you can watch England women take on France in the SheBelieves Cup in Phil Neville's first game in charge at 21:00 GMT live on the red button and via the BBC Sport website.

Defender Lucy Bronze, who is captaining the side at the tournament in the USA in the absence of the injured Steph Houghton, says Neville's "discipline" can help them compete for trophies.

"He wants us to dress the same, do everything together and be on time. There's discipline and respect," she told BBC Sport.

"I think it's great. It's the little things like that which are going to help you win World Cups."

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Thursday's football

Arsenal v Manchester City (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)

There is one Premier League game on Thursday night with Arsenal hosting Manchester City.

Despite the weather conditions in and around London, the game at the Emirates is still on at the moment - the ground has undersoil heating and the area around the ground has been gritted.

We'll keep you updated if things change.

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You've been having your say on VAR after last night's FA Cup tie.

Ryan: VAR will only work if fans can see and hear what is under debate as in rugby, rugby league and American football. Confusion comes from too much secrecy.

Simon Edwards: I feel embarrassed for all your pundits. Why is it so hard to understand VAR? A decision goes to the video ref, they decide, done. If you're confused by that, then you shouldn't be a pundit. It's not hard to understand.

Charlie: After 25 years of using the “third umpire” in cricket there are still controversies with the technology today. The VAR system will never be perfect, just accept it

VAR confusion at Wembley

'Comical' and 'embarrassing' were just two of the words used to describe the VAR review system after Wednesday night's FA Cup replay between Spurs and Rochdale.

You can read what those involved and the BBC pundits made of it all here.

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Willian off from Chelsea?

Latest football gossip

The Star says that Chelsea's Brazilian winger Willian, 29, could leave Stamford Bridge this summer with AC Milan joining Manchester United as joint-favourites to sign him.


Evans linked with West Ham

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What's making Thursday's gossip pages?

According to the Birmingham Mail, West Ham are ready to sign Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, for £3m from West Brom at the end of the season.

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Bob: Surely if managers can be charged over innocuous comments after a match then the FA can be charged with bringing the game in to disrepute over the VAR fiasco? Why can’t they just admit that other sports can teach them a few lessons on how to implement technology?

Jed: Sadly, the VAR system is becoming the referees' master rather than their assistant.

Thursday's papers

i Newspaper

Finally, the i which says that the Premier League is struggling to sell the remaining television rights packages up for grabs

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Thursday's papers

The Daily Telegraph

The Telegraph features happy Spurs faces after their FA Cup win - and a not-so-happy England rugby coach Eddie Jones.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also on the defensive, reports the Metro.

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Thursday's papers

The Guardian

The Guardian features a snowy Emirates as Arsenal get ready to take on Manchester City on Thursday night in a repeat of last weekend's Carabao Cup final.

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Thursday's papers

The Times

The Times leads on the goings-on at Wembley and Arsene Wenger's fears over his future at Arsenal.

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Thursday's papers

Daily Mirror

The Mirror also reports on the frosty atmosphere at the Emirates but also on what happened at Wembley..

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The Sun

While VAR does feature on Thursday's sports pages, it looks like there could be trouble ahead at Arsenal, according to The Sun, with general player unrest and Jack Wilshere threatening to leave the club.

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Pochettino mystified by VAR

Afterwards, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino described the VAR system as more confusing than helpful.

Tottenham 6-1 Rochdale: VAR more confusing than helpful - Mauricio Pochettino

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It's safe to say that the VAR decisions at Wembley have not met with universal approval.

You can have your say on it by getting in touch in the usual ways - text 81111 or via #bbcfootball

VAR drama

Still puzzled by what went on at Wembley? You can watch all the drama unfold here.

VAR takes centre stage in Spurs FA Cup win over Rochdale

Llorente nets hat-trick

In the end, it was a comfortable 6-1 win for Spurs with Fernando Llorente scoring a twelve-minute second-half hat-trick and they will face Swansea in the last eight.

Another win would see them play again at Wembley in the semi-finals.

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VAR chaos - part three

Son Heung-min stepped up to take the Spurs spot-kick and coolly sent Josh Lillis the wrong way to seemingly put the home side 2-0 up.

However, after the South Korean stuttered in his run-up, a tactic which has been outlawed, Tierney - without the help of VAR - awarded Dale an indirect free-kick and booked Son.

And it has left people very confused.

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VAR chaos - part two

Then, on 25 minutes, with Spurs 1-0 up, Rochdale's Matt Done hauled down Kieran Trippier on the right-hand side.

The linesman originally awarded a free-kick to Spurs on the edge of the area but VAR showed that the offence continued into the box.

After several minutes of deliberation, referee Paul Tierney changed his decision and awarded a penalty.

But that wasn't the end of the drama...

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VAR chaos - part one

On a snowy night at Wembley, the drama all started in the sixth minute when Spurs thought they had an early lead when Erik Lamela slotted home from close range.

But VAR decided otherwise when Fernando Llorente was adjudged to have fouled Harrison McGahey in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.

As you were, then...

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Spurs reach last eight

Spurs are into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after a 6-1 win over Rochdale in their fifth round replay - but that's only part of the story.

Referee Paul Tierney used the video assistant referee to rule out a goal, award a penalty to Tottenham and disallow a spot-kick.

Let's show you what happened.

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Thursday's football latest

Good morning.

Goals, VAR chaos and snow...there might have only been one FA Cup replay on Wednesday night but there were plenty of talking points from it.

We'll guide you through all of the night's action and bring you all of Thursday's latest news and views.