Tottenham vs Middlesbrough: Lamela fires Spurs to 2-1 win

Tottenham vs Middlesbrough: Lamela fires Spurs to 2-1 win

- Tottenham have reached the FA Cup fourth round stage

- A goal each from Lo Ceslo and Lamela handed Spurs a crucial win

- Tottenham will now battle Southampton in the next stage of the competition later this month

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Two first-half goals from Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela were all Tottenham Hotspur needed to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup championship.

The victory was Spurs' first victory in their last five matches across all competitions this campaign - baring in mind that the first meeting between the two ended in a 1-1 draw.

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With Harry Kane missing from the starting line up due to injury, the hosts seem undisturbed without him as it took them just two minutes to register their first goal of the night.

Lo Celso opened the scoring for the Lilywhites in the second minute after placing the ball into the bottom left corner of the post.

The 23-year-old benefited from Tomas Mejias' poor passing before intercepting the ball and then tucked it into the net.

Lamela doubled the home team's lead in the 15th minute after making a solo run from near the centre of the pitch.

The Argentine battled for possession of the ball near the centre circle and then ran past Borough's defenders before placing the ball into the left corner of the goalpost.

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Mourinho made two attacking changes in the second half with Heung-min Son and Dele Alli coming on but they were unable to increase Spurs' tally.

It almost looked like the Premier League outfit was going to keep a clean sheet but second-half substitute George Saville reduced his side's deficit in the 83rd minute.

However, his last-minute goal was not enough to rescue Jonathan Woodgate's men from crashing out of the championship at the third round stage.

Tottenham will now square-up with Southampton at the next stage of the competition scheduled for 25 January, among other FA Cup 4th round stage fixtures.

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