A penalty scored late on by substitute Harry Kane earned Spurs a replay as they kicked off their FA Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw against Premier League high-flyers Leicester City. Both Tottenham and Leicester deployed weakened line-ups with the main focus of the two managers evidently being placed on Wednesday’s league meeting between the two sides.
Spurs made an excellent start to the game as Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after just eight minutes. A delightful pass from Joshua Onomah released Nacer Chadli inside the area, the Belgian’s shot was then parried into the path of the Danish Player of the Year who dispatched the rebound past his fellow countryman Kasper Schmeichel. However Spurs’ lead lasted all of 11 minutes as Leicester’s Marcin Wasilewski managed to out jump Toby Alderweireld from debutant Demarai Gray’s corner to nod the ball past Michel Vorm. Tottenham had much trouble throughout the afternoon with corners, both defensively and offensively. Spurs had nine corners during the afternoon and failed to trouble Leicester City’s defence from them; with Christian Eriksen consistently failing to beat the first man. The next chance of the game was gifted to Leicester City’s Andy King following a poor clearance from Michel Vorm. The former Swansea keeper came rushing out of his goal to clear the ball, but his sliced clearance fell to the feet of King who was unable to find the back of the net following a chipped attempt.
Following the half-time interval Claudio Ranieri introduced striker Shinji Okazaki for holding midfielder N’Golo Kante. The courageous substitution later paid dividends as the Japanese international gave the away side the lead. Okazaki danced his way through Spurs’ defence inside the area and finished cooly with his second attempt.
The introduction of Kane received an incredibly mixed reaction from both sets of supporters. The 22 year-old was introduced after 68 minutes replacing fellow academy graduate, Tom Carroll. Boos and chants implying that he isn’t as good as Jamie Vardy came from the away fans, whilst the home supporters roared as they received their wish of the appearance of their of vice captain. Despite the attacking change made by Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs still struggled to get back into the game and Leicester looked as though the fourth round was beckoning.
However, this is the FA Cup and goals can be scored in whatever minute of the game and can come against the run of play. Danny Rose attempted to take on Kieran Dyer inside the area, the ball then bounced and struck the hand of Dyer and referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot, much to the dismay of the Leicester City players. Up stepped Harry Kane to silence the Foxes earning his side a replay.
The replay will take place either next Tuesday or Wednesday at the King Power Stadium, with the draw for the fourth round being made tonight. The two sides are also set to meet again under the lights at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening, this time in the league.