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Posted Sat 24 Jan 15 at 17:50 PM

Report: Tottenham 1 Leicester City 2

Read a full match report from the FA Cup Fourth Round tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at White Hart Lane on Saturday 24 January, 2015.

- Leicester score twice in the last eight minutes to complete a stunning fourth round comeback
- Andros Townsend's penalty after Liam Moore's foul on Roberto Soldado had Tottenham in front at half-time
- Andrej
Kramarić was denied a penalty and cautioned for simulation after appearing to be fouled by Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm before half-time
- Leo Ulloa equalised eight minutes from the end with his fifth goal in five FA Cup appearances
- Jeffrey Schlupp sends City into round five with a stoppage time winner


Leicester City kept their FA Cup dreams alive with a stunning stoppage time victory over Tottenham Hotspur in a thrilling fourth round tie at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Despite having the better of the early chances through Jeff Schlupp and Andrej Kramarić, the Foxes faced an uphill battle as early as the 19th minute, when Liam Moore brought down Roberto Soldado in the box and Andros Townsend converted from the penalty spot.

There were huge shouts from the fans for a penalty to the Foxes in the first half too, when Michel Vorm appeared to bring down Kramarić, but the referee opted to book the City man instead.

With time then running out in the second half, the equalising goal finally arrived in the 82nd minute, when Leonardo Ulloa controlled Schlupp's shot and swept a brilliant effort into the bottom corner for 1-1.

A replay at King Power Stadium next month looked a certainty, but in stoppage time, Schlupp connected with Danny Simpson's cross to squeeze the ball over the line and book City's place in Monday's fifth round draw.

Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side for the match, with Kramarić in for David Nugent in attack, while Mark Schwarzer replaced Ben Hamer in goal to become the Club's oldest-ever player at 42 years and 100 days.

Elsewhere Moore returned to defence in place of Marcin Wasilewski, Ritchie De Laet came in for Paul Konchesky at left back and Anthony Knockaert dropped to the bench to make way for Ulloa. 

In front of their own fans, the home side commanded the lion’s share of possession in an opening that was void of any real chances – barring an ambitious half volley from Paulinho that flew over Schwarzer’s goal. 

City soon mustered an attempt of their own and, had it not been for a smart save from Vorm, they would have been celebrating a 1-0 lead through Kramarić. The striker raced in to meet Schlupp’s deflected left foot strike but the goalkeeper somehow tipped it over. 

There were match winners scattered throughout the Spurs side though, and they served a timely reminder of their quality when Paulinho’s vicious volley whistled just over Schwarzer’s crossbar from a free kick. 

While Spurs were seeing lots of the ball, the Foxes looked to be more efficient with their use of it, as they showed when the dangerous Schlupp burst forward and brought another good save from Vorm with a right foot effort. 

The hosts were gifted a chance to take the lead on 19 minutes when the savvy Soldado sought to exploit space afforded him by Moore, who was clearly struggling with an early knock. The referee pointed straight to the spot as Moore brought him down and up stepped Townsend to send Schwarzer the wrong way for 1-0. 

Moore then made his way into the book for another trip on Soldado, and it was to be his last contribution, as the ankle knock forced his withdrawal for Wasilewski in the heart of defence. 

The score line was disheartening for City, who had created the better of the early chances through Schlupp and Kramarić until Soldado registered one on target for Spurs that Schwarzer saved well down to his right. 

The Foxes then saw three chances to level come and go. Schlupp’s thunderous volley was the first, which was well blocked, before Vardy curled a rebound over. 

However the big talking point came when Kramarić was sent through by a defence splitting pass from Danny Drinkwater, rounded the goalkeeper and went down in the box. The Leicester fans wanted a penalty, but the referee Robert Madley saw things differently and booked the Croatian striker for simulation. 

Unchanged for the second half, both sides continued to push forwards. For Spurs, Soldado dragged a 20-yard shot wide just seconds into the half, while for City, Kramarić saw his free kick strike the Tottenham wall from a central position. 

In a competitive game, both sides were searching for that bit of quality to make the difference, but it was something that deserted both Erik Lamela and Ulloa within 60 seconds of each other. First the Spurs man blazed over from range before City’s no.23 headed harmlessly into the ground when unmarked in the box. 

Kramarić continued to edge closer to his first City goal – an angled left foot drive drifting over, while Wasilewski headed into Vorm’s arms from a corner and King glanced another over the crossbar. 

Spurs then introduced Emmanuel Adebayor for Soldado with 20 minutes left, and Pearson responded positively by bringing on Nugent and Marc Albrighton for the front pairing of Vardy and Kramarić.

With the game in the balance, City were attempting to build pressure in the final third, using Albrighton's pace and Ulloa's presence in the box, but they left themselves vulnerable on the counter - Lamela twice bringing splendid saves from Schwarzer on his City bow.

The reward for City's endeavour finally arrived with just eight minutes remaining, and it was well deserved. Schlupp had the initial shot, which was controlled brilliantly by Ulloa and then swept even more impressively into the bottom corner - his ninth of the campaign and his fifth in five FA Cup appearances for City and previous club Brighton.

That prompted Spurs to call for star man and former Fox Harry Kane from the bench with just four minutes remaining, but it was the Foxes who had the final say, through Schlupp in stoppage time. The winger, who had been lively throughout, made a darting late run into the box to reward some fine work from Simpson down the right - connecting with the full-back's cross on the volley and beating a scrambling Vorm.

'Que sera, sera!' the travelling Blue Army sang at the final whistle. They may be a little premature ahead of Monday's fifth round draw, but a win in the last 16 could really have them dreaming.

SPURS: Vorm, Chiriches, Fazio, Kaboul (c), Rose; Capoue, Dembele (Kane 86); Townsend (Eriksen 63), Paulinho, Lamela; Soldado (Adebayor 69).

SUBS NOT USED: Friedel, Davies, Dier, Stambouli.

GOAL:
Townsend pen 19 

CITY: Schwarzer, Simpson, Morgan (c), Moore (Wasilewski 25), De Laet, Drinkwater, King, Vardy (Albrighton 71), Kramarić (Nugent 71), Ulloa

SUBS NOT USED:
Koncheksy, Hamer, Cambiasso, Knockaert

GOAL:
Ulloa 82, Schlupp 90+1

ATTENDANCE: 35,548

REFEREE: Robert Madley
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