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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley: Pedro Porro scores only goal as Spurs move into FA Cup fourth round

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley: Pedro Porro scores only goal as Spurs move into FA Cup fourth round

Tottenham beat fellow Premier League side Burnley to move into the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to Pedro Porro’s stunning strike.

Without club captain Son Heung-min, who has joined up with South Korea before the Asian Cup, the hosts failed to convert a number of chances before the breakthrough in the 78th minute.

Burnley goalkeeper Arijanet Muric threw the ball out, but Porro won a challenge and then arrowed a superb shot into the top corner from 25 yards out for what proved to be a wonderful first goal of the season since his permanent arrival from Sporting Lisbon.

The Clarets’ best chance fell to Zeki Amdouni in the first half when it was goalless, but he could only shoot over from a central position inside the penalty area.

In a thrilling finish, Muric twice went up for Burnley corners and from the second one, in the seventh minute of added time, won a near-post flick-on and his header fell to an unmarked Amdouni, who could not hit the target from six yards with a volley on the turn.

The defeat, the Clarets’ fifth in seven matches in all competitions, leaves Vincent Kompany’s side – 19th in the Premier League – to focus on trying to avoid relegation.

The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will take place at 19:50 GMT on Monday, 8 January, before the Wigan Athletic v Manchester United match.

Spurs go strong as they aim for good cup run

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou led Celtic to the treble of Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup last season and this was his first experience of the FA Cup.

He showed how important the competition was to Spurs – without a trophy since winning the League Cup in 2008 – as he named his strongest possible side.

There were only two changes from the team that won 3-1 against Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve to leave them fifth in the Premier League. Both were forced upon him with forward Son at the Asian Cup and midfielder Pape Matar Sarr joining up with Senegal before the Africa Cup of Nations.

Spurs will be without the pair, and Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma, for up to six matches – with the trio possibly away with their countries until mid-February.

Pedro Porro scores for Tottenham
Pedro Porro’s goal was his fourth for Tottenham, but first this season

Son, top scorer with 12 goals this season, was understandably missed as the hosts spurned a number of good opportunities.

Richarlison twice failed to score with left-footed efforts, while the dangerous Brennan Johnson had two shots saved by back-up keeper Muric. Giovani lo Celso also missed two opportunities and stand-in captain Rodrigo Bentancur fired another attempt over.

Kompany, twice an FA Cup winner as a player with Manchester City, made five changes to Burnley’s team and his side nearly scored inside the opening seven minutes, only to see Wilson Odobert’s powerful strike parried by Guglielmo Vicario. Anass Zaroury also failed to hit the target when well placed.

Spurs eventually made their pressure count with Porro’s strike – after Muric hurried a throw – and survived the late scare to go through.

Player of the match

PorroPedro Porro

with an average of 6.88

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number23Player namePorro

  2. Squad number13Player nameVicario

  3. Squad number38Player nameUdogie

  4. Squad number33Player nameDavies

  5. Squad number22Player nameJohnson

  6. Squad number30Player nameBentancur

  7. Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal

  8. Squad number21Player nameKulusevski

  9. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg

  10. Squad number18Player nameLo Celso

  11. Squad number44Player nameScarlett

  12. Squad number63Player nameDonley

  13. Squad number11Player nameGil

  14. Squad number19Player nameRyan Sessegnon

  15. Squad number9Player nameRicharlison

  16. Squad number4Player nameSkipp

  1. Squad number24Player nameCullen

  2. Squad number2Player nameO’Shea

  3. Squad number17Player nameFoster

  4. Squad number49Player nameMuric

  5. Squad number25Player nameAmdouni

  6. Squad number47Player nameOdobert

  7. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  8. Squad number21Player nameA Ramsey

  9. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  10. Squad number44Player nameDelcroix

  11. Squad number22Player nameVitinho

  12. Squad number19Player nameZaroury

  13. Squad number34Player nameBruun Larsen

  14. Squad number15Player nameRedmond

  15. Squad number31Player nameTrésor

  16. Squad number28Player nameAl Dakhil



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Vicario
  • 23Porro
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 33Davies
  • 38Udogie
  • 4SkippSubstituted forHøjbjergat 77′minutes
  • 30BentancurSubstituted forDonleyat 83′minutes
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forGilat 58′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22JohnsonSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 83′minutes
  • 9RicharlisonSubstituted forScarlettat 83′minutes


  • 5Højbjerg
  • 11Gil
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Forster
  • 35Phillips
  • 37van de Ven
  • 44Scarlett
  • 63Donley
  • 65Dorrington


Formation 4-4-2

  • 49Muric
  • 22da Silva
  • 2O’Shea
  • 44Delcroix
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forAl Dakhilat 67′minutes
  • 19ZarourySubstituted forTrésorat 67′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21A RamseySubstituted forRedmondat 67′minutes
  • 24CullenBooked at 21mins
  • 47OdobertSubstituted forBrownhillat 58′minutes
  • 17FosterSubstituted forBruun Larsenat 45′minutes
  • 25Amdouni


  • 4Cork
  • 8Brownhill
  • 9Rodríguez
  • 14Roberts
  • 15Redmond
  • 28Al Dakhil
  • 29Vigouroux
  • 31Trésor
  • 34Bruun Larsen

Samuel Barrott


Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Burnley 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Burnley 0.

  3. Attempt missed. Zeki Amdouni (Burnley) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Arijanet Muric following a corner.

  4. Attempt missed. Arijanet Muric (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Brownhill with a cross following a corner.

  5. Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

  7. Attempt blocked. Hannes Delcroix (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mike Trésor.

  8. Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. Vitinho (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Foul by Josh Brownhill (Burnley).

  12. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Pedro Porro.

  13. Foul by Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotspur).

  14. Josh Cullen (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Mike Trésor (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Pedro Porro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Mike Trésor (Burnley).

  18. Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mike Trésor.

  19. Foul by Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur).

  20. Vitinho (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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