Spurs down Bolton to reach last four
Tottenham Hotspur beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in an FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane on Tuesday, after the original tie was abandoned following the collapse of Bolton Wanderer's Fabrice Muamba.
Spurs will now face London rivals Chelsea in a last-four clash at Wembley next month. Goals late on from New Zealand's Ryan Nelsen and Gareth Bale appeared to have settled Tottenham's nerves before Bolton striker Kevin Davies pulled one back for the visitors in the 90th minute. However, Louis Saha sealed Tottenham's win with the last kick of the match in stoppage time.
Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan made several excellent saves for the visitors before Tottenham's pressure was rewarded when, 16 minutes from time, central defender Nelsen headed in from a corner. And three minutes later, with Bolton chasing the game, Welsh winger Bale finished off a counter-attack initiated by speedy striker Jermain Defoe.
The original tie, at White Hart Lane on 17 March, was abandoned shortly before half-time after Bolton midfielder Muamba collapsed with a cardiac arrest in an incident that sparked worldwide concern.
Muamba, who was attended to by both Spurs and Bolton medical teams, as well as a Tottenham-supporting cardiologist who rushed out of the stands, has been in the London Chest Hospital ever since where doctors said Tuesday he was making "encouraging progress".
Both teams warmed up in T-shirts with 'Uniting for Fabrice' emblazoned on the front and 'Thank You for Your Support of Fabrice' on the back. Bolton manager Owen Coyle had admitted pre-match that he did not know how his players would react to the prospect of playing this game after such a traumatic event in the original tie.
The match began without the breakneck pace usually adopted by teams contesting an FA Cup quarter-final, but Spurs soon asserted their dominance. Luka Modric set up Bale from the byline six minutes in, but the Welsh international's 25-yard shot was easily gathered by Bogdan.
Then Bogdan pulled off two spectacular double saves to first keep out Livermore and Luka Modric, and then denied Emmanuel Adebayor and Bale. Bolton were forced into making a 26th-minute substitution after Darren Pratley injured himself tackling Bale, earning a yellow card in the process, and was replaced by Tim Ream.
Nine minutes before the break Bale went inches wide from 25 yards, after Adebayor had passed the ball back from the by-line into the Welshman's path. Hungarian Bogdan was drawn into yet another save in the 38th minute when he dived to keep out Scott Parker's shot from close range.
Rafael van der Vaart rattled the bar from a free-kick three minutes into the second half, after Modric had been hacked down just outside the box. Then Ledley King headed inches over the bar just before the hour, after Van der Vaart had put in a perfectly-weighted cross. Two minutes later, Bogdan again denied Spurs, blocking Van der Vaart's effort with his legs.
Bolton's goalkeeper once more frustrated Spurs by saving from an onrushing Adebayor in the 68th minute to the despair of Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. Bolton managed their first effort on target a couple of minutes later, as Carlo Cudicini saved Ivan Klasnic's shot at the near post. But Bogdan was finally beaten in the 74th minute when Nelsen headed home powerfully from a corner.
Three minutes later Bale scored Spurs' second, only for Davies to pull a goal back after Jake Livermore had failed to deal with Chris Eagles's cross. However, Saha struck with the last kick of the game to set the seal on Spurs' victory.
Everton beat Sunderland
In the north-east, after a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, Everton won through thanks to a first-half goal from Nikica Jelavic before Sunderland's David Vaughan turned Jelavic's cross into his own net at the Stadium of Light in the 57th minute.
The semi-finals will be played at Wembley on the weekend of 14 and 15 April.