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.
Tottenham can afford to lose Dier – PostecoglouHow did you rate Spurs’ performance? Have your say hereWhat did you make of Burnley’s display? Send us your views hereSpurs go strong as they aim for good cup runTottenham 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’s goal was his fourth for Tottenham, but first this seasonSon, 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
with an average of 6.88
Tottenham HotspurSquad number23Player namePorro
Squad number13Player nameVicario
Squad number38Player nameUdogie
Squad number33Player nameDavies
Squad number22Player nameJohnson
Squad number30Player nameBentancur
Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal
Squad number21Player nameKulusevski
Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
Squad number18Player nameLo Celso
Squad number44Player nameScarlett
Squad number63Player nameDonley
Squad number11Player nameGil
Squad number19Player nameRyan Sessegnon
Squad number9Player nameRicharlison
Squad number4Player nameSkipp
BurnleySquad number24Player nameCullen
Squad number2Player nameO’Shea
Squad number17Player nameFoster
Squad number49Player nameMuric
Squad number25Player nameAmdouni
Squad number47Player nameOdobert
Squad number8Player nameBrownhill
Squad number21Player nameA Ramsey
Squad number3Player nameTaylor
Squad number44Player nameDelcroix
Squad number22Player nameVitinho
Squad number19Player nameZaroury
Squad number34Player nameBruun Larsen
Squad number15Player nameRedmond
Squad number31Player nameTrésor
Squad number28Player nameAl Dakhil
13Vicario23Porro12Emerson Royal33Davies38Udogie4SkippSubstituted forHøjbjergat 77’minutes30BentancurSubstituted forDonleyat 83’minutes21Kulusevski18Lo CelsoSubstituted forGilat 58’minutesBooked at 90mins22JohnsonSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 83’minutes9RicharlisonSubstituted forScarlettat 83’minutesSubstitutes5Højbjerg11Gil19R Sessegnon20Forster35Phillips37van de Ven44Scarlett63Donley65DorringtonBurnleyFormation 4-4-2
49Muric22da Silva2O’Shea44Delcroix3TaylorSubstituted forAl Dakhilat 67’minutes19ZarourySubstituted forTrésorat 67’minutesBooked at 90mins21A RamseySubstituted forRedmondat 67’minutes24CullenBooked at 21mins47OdobertSubstituted forBrownhillat 58’minutes17FosterSubstituted forBruun Larsenat 45’minutes25AmdouniSubstitutes4Cork8Brownhill9Rodríguez14Roberts15Redmond28Al Dakhil29Vigouroux31Trésor34Bruun LarsenReferee:Samuel Barrott
Live TextMatch ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Burnley 0.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Burnley 0.
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.
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.
Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Attempt blocked. Hannes Delcroix (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mike Trésor.
Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur).
Vitinho (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Brownhill (Burnley).
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Pedro Porro.
Foul by Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotspur).
Josh Cullen (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Mike Trésor (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Pedro Porro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mike Trésor (Burnley).
Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mike Trésor.
Foul by Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur).
Vitinho (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.