Published: Thu, January 14, 2021
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Vinicius hits hat-trick as Spurs end Marine's FA Cup dream

Vinicius hits hat-trick as Spurs end Marine's FA Cup dream

Leeds suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit against Crawley as the League Two side swept to a stunning 3-0 win, while eighth-tier Marine's hopes of causing the competition's greatest shock were crushed in a 5-0 defeat against Tottenham.

Leeds sit 12th in the English Premier League after a fine first season back in the top-flight, but boss Marcelo Bielsa paid the price for making seven changes at The People's Pension Stadium in leafy Sussex.

Caldwell said: "We would like to thank the FA, Premier League and Southampton Football Club for their co-operation and willingness to reschedule the fixture".

"It excites even the opposition because they don't know how to deal with us".

Unlike Tottenham's new $1.5 billion arena, this is a sparse venue crammed between two streets of red-brick terraced houses with one small stand.

After the game, Jose Mourinho's side presented Marine's players with fresh replica shirts so that their opponents all had a more tangible souvenir of their unforgettable cup run. Others climbed trees to gain any vantage point and blasted horns.

The eagerly awaited team news saw Mourinho rest several key players, including Harry Kane who stayed at home, but there were some big names involved, including Deli Alli and Gareth Bale, who was a second half substitute.

"The lads have trained so hard this week, we've just had a tough session of murderball, it was of a very high standard and we're all looking forward to the game now". He relished working under Neil MacFarlane and Sam Saunders and says that he "fell back in love with football" at Brentford, where he also learned "the mens' game side of it".

The Yorkshire-based club are playing their first Premier League campaign in 16 years, having earned promotion as Championship winners last term.

It might have been a harsh lesson for Marine, but with Spurs fans buying more than 20,000 tickets to a match no one was allowed to attend, and then splashing cash at the Marine club shop as well, there was a nice silver lining for all concerned.

'The Cup run has been a lifesaver for us financially for where we are in non-league.

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