Spurs Bounce Back in FA Cup; Fekir Inspires Lyon

Tottenham Hotspur finally stopped lowly Newport County’s brave FA Cup charge with a 2-0 win in a fourth-round replay at Wembley on Wednesday.

Eight-time winners Spurs were just minutes away from a humiliating exit when England striker Harry Kane scored off a corner-kick to salvage a 1-1 draw away to fourth-tier Newport last month.

But the replay was a completely different affair at Wembley where South Korea’s Son Heung-Min ran the show for Spurs who sealed victory thanks to Dan Butler’s 26th-minute own goal and an Erik Lamela strike eight minutes later.

Maurico Pochettino’s men will now travel to third-tier strugglers Rochdale for a last-16 tie on the weekend of February 17-18.

In France, rave of the moment Nabil Fekir scored from the spot as Lyon beat Montpellier 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the French Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2012.

Maxwel Cornet caught home goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte by surprise to give the visitors an early lead, only for Jonathan Ikone to quickly fire in an equaliser.

Fekir then grabbed his 20th goal of the season with a 27th-minute spot-kick to restore his team’s advantage and ultimately fire them to the last eight.

It’s a first quarterfinal appearance for Bruno Genesio’s men who have dropped to fourth in Ligue 1 after back-to-back defeats.

They join Caen, who edged out Ligue 1’s bottom club Metz on penalties after a 2-2 draw, Chambly, Lens, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in the next round.

 

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