England: Nigerian-born Onyedinma’s goal fails to lift Wycombe as Spurs won 4-1
Report as Tottenham come from a goal down to beat Wycombe and set up a fifth-round tie away at Everton
By Our Sports Desk
Tottenham needed three goals in the final five minutes as they survived an FA Cup scare to overcome a spirited Wycombe 4-1 on Monday.
Fred Onyedinma slotted Wycombe ahead midway through the first half as a much-changed Spurs were punished for their early wastefulness at Adams Park.
Gareth Bale hauled Spurs level on the stroke of half-time, converting his fourth presentable chance, but a stubborn Wycombe refused to roll over, forcing Jose Mourinho to turn his star-studded bench to avoid extra-time.
And, with four minutes remaining, Spurs’ quality finally told as Harry Winks’ first FA Cup goal and a late double from Tanguy Ndombele set up a fifth-round tie away at Everton.
Mourinho handed Bale a rare start and the chance to prove a point after a spell out of the team, but the Welshman squandered a golden opportunity inside five minutes when he headed Lucas Moura’s corner wide when the goal was at his mercy.
Wycombe showed no signs of a side who had gone 16 days without a game due to a coronavirus outbreak, and responded well as Admiral Muskwe’s near-post header had to be clawed off the line by Joe Hart.
Bale wasted another decent opportunity soon after, dragging a shot wide at the near post, and those misses proved costly as Wycombe struck first on 25 minutes.
Uche Ikpeazu got the better of Toby Alderweireld down the right and his cross was not cleared by Davinson Sanchez, who could only divert it into the path of Onyedinma to fire home.
Spurs rallied but their rapid response was thwarted by the frame of the Wycombe goal, with Moussa Sissoko and Japhet Tanganga hitting the post and bar either side of Bale firing another presentable chance into the side-netting.
But, just as Wycombe looked to have preserved their lead through to the interval, Spurs finally converted a chance as Bale hooked in Moura’s floated cross from close to level the tie.
With Bale, Erik Lamela and Moura all failing to convert Spurs’ strong start to the second half into goals, Mourinho turned to Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son from the bench, but they too were equally wasteful.
Kane saw his shot blocked by Alsopp after miscontrolling, Son flashed an effort wide after a trademark dart into the area and then the South Korean blazed his best opening over from Moussa Sissoko’s cutback with 10 minutes remaining.
But with extra-time beckoning, Spurs avoided another 30 minutes with two goals in the space of 72 seconds. After Kane spurned another chance at the far post, the ball fell to Winks 20 yards out and the midfielder sent a curling effort into the top corner to break Wycombe hearts.
Immediately from kick-off, Spurs got in down the left, Son’s shot was deflected into the path of Ndombele and he diverted into the bottom corner, before the Frenchman put the seal on the victory with a second in stoppage time when he superbly cut inside and fired in at the near post.
EAGLE EYE WATCH reports that three Nigerian players Fred Onyedinma,Uche Ikpeazu and Akinfenwa(sub) made the team list against Tottenham Spurs on Monday.