The fourth round of the FA Cup had Sunday afternoon a derby between Crystal Palace and Tottenham in store. The Spurs started with Jan Vertonghen in the base, Christian Benteke was allowed to twenty minutes before time, substitute for Crystal. Tottenham refused to the many open opportunities to work, and benefited the home team optimal: 2-0 sent the Eagles Vertonghen and co. on the Thames home. In France scored Jason Denayer the winning hit for Lyon in the field of Amiens.
Three days after the elimination in the League Cup against Chelsea zinden the forces of Mauricio Pochettino on revenge in the FA Cup. That plan was already after ten minutes a big sting, when Connor Wickham’s score opened for the home side after a clever action by Jeffrey Schlupp. Crystal Palace corrugated back and let Tottenham come, but the Spurs were able to block not disrupt. On the half hour be the ref to the dot after handplay of Kyle Walker-Peters, Andros Townsend showed no mercy for his ex-club: 2-0. Seconds later, Townsend is already the kiss of death to administer, but he slammed the beckoning opportunity of close-in goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. In the 42nd minute fingering Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to the hair after a generous miss: his shot from close was saved by the 39-year-old goalkeeper Julian Speroni, and the rebound ended up on the doelwachter. Just before the break gave Tottenham in turn is a penalty when Patrick van Bolted to the leg of Juan Foyth kicked. Kieran Trippier failed eye-to-eye with Speroni.
After the rest threw coach Pochettino, Erik Lamela in the fight, Jan Vertonghen was the child of the account. Crystal survived without a scratch attack wave after attack wave of the Spurs, among others, with Fernando Llorente on the cannon and Crystal-goalkeeper Speroni in a made. In the 71st minute got Christian Benteke his chance and he has delivered almost the assist for the 3-0, but that was out of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga expected. The fire was already extinguished at Tottenham.
On the 22nd match day in the French Ligue 1 had to Lyon, with Jason Denayer in the base, win kelderploeg Amiens in order to keep track of the second place. However, it was in Amiens that a first time nose to the window, stuck with a shot distance of Thomas Monconduit, goalkeeper Anthony Lopes had the ball out of goal whip. Lyon monopoliseerde the ball in the first half, but to score goals led that not. To minute 51 at least, when Denayer is the highest it climbed on a cross and the 0-1 binnenknikte, his second for Lyon. On the hour distinguished keeper Regis Gurtner with a nice save on a blast from Memphis Depay. The visitors took the narrow lead fixed and keep the gap with the second in the state, in Lille, on three points.
On the 21st match day in the Spanish Primera Division if Thomas Vermaelen a quarter of an hour for time raids in Barcelona on the field of mid-engine Girona. Nelson Semedo and Lionel Messi had the score already at 0-2. In between, picked up in Girona, a red card and the rest was a breeze for the leader, the gap with the first pursuer Atletico Madrid to five points.