• Date: Sun 11 April 2010
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Ref: Wiley, A
  • Attendance: 84,602
0 - 2


Piquionne (99)

Boateng (117)P

Tottenham Hotspur vs Portsmouth

Team Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Sebastien Bassong
Michael Dawson
Vedran Corluka
David Bentley (Niko Kranjcar, 79)
Tom Huddlestone (Eidur Gudjohnsen, 102)
Wilson Palacios
Luka Modric
Peter Crouch
Jermain Defoe (Roman Pavlyuchenko, 59)


David James
Ricardo Rocha
Steve Finnan
Aaron Mokoena
Hayden Mullins (Richard Hughes, 119)
Michael Brown
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Hassan Yebda (John Utaka, 88)
Marc Wilson
Frederic Piquionne (Papa Bouba Diop, 113)
Aruna Dindane

Match Report
Portsmouth defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in extra-time after an absorbing FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to soften the blow of Premier League relegation earlier in the weekend. Goals from Frederic Piquionne and a penalty from Kevin-Prince Boateng landed the south coast club a dream date with Chelsea next month. An open and exciting first half was dominated in spells by Spurs but they failed to take the chances that came their way. The towering Peter Crouch was the focal point of their attacks, with Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Tom Huddlestone picking out the England international. His strike partner, Jermain Defoe, also looked lively but he failed to test David James in the Pompey net as clear-cut chances were few and far between. Avram Grant's beleaguered side fashioned plenty of opportunities with Piquionne going clear on goal but he fired straight at Heurelho Gomes in the Spurs goal when he should have scored and Aruna Dindane failed to make the most of the rebound that fell at his feet. The pair combined again in the second period but Piquionne could only plant his header into the hands of Gomes from Dindane's teasing centre. Spurs upped the ante with 20 minutes to go and it was Bale who was the prominent figure at the heart of Spurs' forays. Several telling crosses from the Welshman caused havoc in the Pompey area and, as James' goal lived a charmed life, they managed to take the tie to extra-time. A Spurs goal seemed to be on its way as early sustained pressure at the restart followed but it was the dogged Fratton Park side that grabbed the shock lead. Marc Wilson's free-kick was flicked on and as Michael Dawson slipped, Piquionne cashed in and slotted beneath Gomes to send the Pompey faithful into ecstasy. Harry Redknapp cut a frustrated figure on the Spurs bench as his former club looked set for a second final berth in three years and their dream became a reality with just minutes remaining at the end of the extra 30 minutes. Dindane broke clear of Wilson Palacios in Spurs' penalty area and as the clumsy Honduran brought the Ivorian down, Alan Wiley pointed to the spot. Former Spurs man Boateng kept his cool and slotted home to secure an absorbing success for his side and they will return to Wembley on May 15 for a daunting encounter with current cup holders Chelsea.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-2 PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth have upset the odds and grabbed a memorable win over Spurs. Two extra-time goals have done the trick here with Frederic Piquionne and a penalty from Kevin-Prince Boateng sealing a final date with Chelsea.


Utaka draws a fine save from Gomes as they break clear. What a story this is for Portsmouth.

Yellow Card

Bassong kicks the ball away in frustration and enters Wiley's book.


Richard Hughes replaces Mullins.


Bale's setpiece is a shocker.

Yellow Card

Boateng cautioned for whipping his shirt off. I'm sure he won't mind.


Free-kick Spurs on the edge of the box. They need a goal immediately.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-2 PORTSMOUTH: BOATENG seals it! Pompey will return to Wembley to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final later next month.

Yellow Card

Palacios booked for the foul.


Penalty Portsmouth! Dindane breaks free and Palacios brings him down.


Bale's shot breaks to Corluka but he fails to connect at the angle.


Furious penalty claims from Spurs again as Bale's cross hits Finnan. But it hits his body not his hand.


Goal hero Piquionne goes off and Papa Bouba Diop replaces him. Fresh legs definitely needed.


Crouch's cross is headed clear but Dawson collects on the edge of the box and fires wide.


Break from Pompey but what a mess Dindane and Utaka make of it.


Big Spurs pressure. Shots are getting blocked everywhere and it's out for a corner.


Scrappy midfield battle is going on now. Kranjcar and Brown putting 110% in.


Bale's control lets him down and Pompey get a much-needed goal kick.


Gudjohnsen flagged offside.


Bale's crosses is headed by Pavlyuchenko to the grasp of James. Early pressure all to Spurs.


The ball is hoisted into the Pompey box and Crouch causes problems with his height. The ball falls to Bale but his shot is deflected to James.


Here we go then. Can Pompey hold on to their slender 1-0 lead?

Half time

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-1 PORTSMOUTH: Half-time in extra-time. Well not many would think Pompey would hold the advantage but they do. An exciting final 15 minutes await us.


Pavlyuchenko is offside. The front man is too eager to get forward.


Frantic stuff now as Spurs look to get back into the game. Kranjcar has his shot blocked as all 11 Pompey men are behind the ball.


Spurs corner comes to nothing and Pompey break free.


Eidur Gudjohnsen is on the field now. Huddlestone has made way.


Big call from Wiley. Bale breaks on the left and chips into the area. Kranjcar collides with James and the ball breaks to Crouch who hooks in. But the referee has already blew his whistle. Controversy.


What a final 20 minutes we have in store here. Spurs are committing men forward now.


Spurs react immediately and Crouch's sliding effort hits the outside of the post.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-1 PORTSMOUTH: PIQUIONNE SCORES! Wilson's free-kick is nodded down and as Dawson slips, Piquionne steams in and slots beneath Gomes.


Kranjcar's fine clearance from the corner sees Pavlyuchenko storm through but the Russian strikes high and wide with two defenders on his tail.


Timely clearance from Bale as Utaka's centre almost finds Dindane. Corner Pompey.


Palacios shoots wide fron 25-yards out. It was neither smashed or placed that effort.


Spurs and Pompey fans are getting right behind their men now. Surely one goal would be enough to seal a place in this season's FA Cup final.


Clever play from Pavlyuchenko as he drifts inside three Pompey players but his pass for Crouch is just too heavy.


Piquionne fashions a decent chance. He drops his shoulder and smashes a right-footed effort into the side-netting.


Utaka and Dindane combine but Redknapp's men clear with some ease.


Wilson denies the charging Bale and slides the ball out for a throw.


The first period of extra-time is off and running as Spurs re-start proceedings.


One of the most entertaining goalless draws for a long while this has been. Spurs have been in control for much of the contest but Pompey have had their own chances.

Full time

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-0 PORTSMOUTH: Extra-time to follow at Wembley. Will penalties be required to separate these here?


Would you believe it. Crouch misses from six-yards. He shoots straight at James and it's a corner. Again Spurs get the ball in the area and James dives low to stop Modric's deflected effort. What an ending to this cup semi-final.


Only two additional minutes to play.


Crouch penalised for a foul on Rocha.


An over-excited Boateng lashes high and wide from the angle, around 30-yards out.


Utaka almost makes an instant impact but Dawson blocks his route to goal.


Yebda is replaced by John Utaka. He will offer some pace in attack.


Spurs waste a rare crossing chance as Kranjcar over hits his centre.


Pavlyuchenko tries an intricate through-ball but yet again Pompey survive.


Again, Spurs cause big problems as Corluka's effort is blocked for another corner. However, Pompey respond and clear the danger. What an absorbing cup tie this is.


His delivery causes havoc as he picks out Crouch. He nods across goal and it goes behind for another corner.


Intelligent play from Palacios brings yet another corner. Kranjcar will take it.


Rocha cuts out another Corluka centre with Pavlyuchenko threatening on the penalty spot.


Alan Wiley awards Spurs a free-kick but the men in white are not happy as they had possession of the ball in a promising position.


Palacios leads a Spurs break but the Pompey defence hold firm once again. Excellent work.


Niko Kranjcar comes on for Bentley. Will the former Pompey boy break their hearts this afternoon?


Boateng's kick is poor yet again.


Bale brings down Dindane and Pompey have a free-kick in a dangerous position.


Mullins is unhappy with the assistant referee as he awards a corner following his challenge with Bentley.


Bale crosses from the left and Crouch heads goalwards but the angle is against him and it hits the side-netting. Another chance for the dominant men in white.


The Pompey fans are singing at the top their voices as they urge their team on.


Bentley cuts in from the left but shoots high and wide.


Another Tottenham flag kick amounts to nothing.


Fabulous ball from Corluka is almost put into his own net by Finnan. James was flat-footed and relieved to say the least.


Boateng shoots high and wide.


Boateng feed Piquionne but he can't get the ball out of his feet eight-yards out. End-to-end stuff at Wembley.


At the other end, Boateng crosses but it is gathered by Gomes.


Heart in the mouth stuff for Pompey. Constant pressure by Spurs on the edge of the box almost results in Corluka's pass being diverted into James' net by Mokoena but the defender manages to clear in the nick of time.


Pavlyuchenko selfishly goes on his own with Crouch striding into the area.


Great chance for Spurs. Bale's cross is fired in low and hard but Crouch's stabbed effort flies over. The ref has awarded a corner though. Poor delivery and James claims to alleviate the pressure.


Sloppy play from Spurs almost allows Piquionne and Dindane in.


Crouch fails to get on the end of another cross but the ball comes back in and Pavlyuchenko heads over. The pressure is growing on the Pompey defence again.


Big chance from the corner. Crouch beats James to the ball from the edge of the six-yard box but heads wide of an unguarded net.


A fine passing move from Spurs brings a corner with Bale at the heart of everything at the moment.


Pavlyuchenko has his first effort on goal as he picks the ball up in a deep position. But his powerful shot goes wide.


Yebda takes the ball full in the face as his cross hits Bassong before cannoning back at him.


Another Bale cross looks to strike Finnan on the hand. However, play continues and Corluka swipes wide from distance.


The dangerous Bale bombs forward again but his cross is cleared.


James collects another Bentley cross under no pressure.


The Russian has been in fine form recently. Can he get in on the act here?


Roman Pavlyuchenko makes his way onto the pitch at the expense of Defoe.


Bentley's cross is hooked away by Rocha.


Stout defending from Dawson as Spurs get ready to make their first change of the day.


Crouch's knock down falls straight to Defoe but he snatches his effort and James claims with ease.


Big chance for Pompey. Dindane's pin-point cross lands right on the head of Piquionne but he nods right at a grateful Gomes.


Bale's centre is too close to James with Crouch loitering with intent.


More Pompey possession leads to Dindane winning a throw in as his cross is cut out at the nears post.


Pompey are up for the fight. They are continuing to put Spurs under pressure at every opporunity. The game is full of effort but the skill is lacking a little.


The ball almost creeps in but Steve Finnan's free-kick is tipped away by Gomes.


Pompey awarded a free-kick in promising position just outside the Spurs box.


Boateng is fed through and his right-footed effort goes safely over Gomes' bar. He is eager to impress against his former club today.


Crouch fails to keep the ball alive as Spurs threaten once again.


Fine flick on from Crouch finds Defoe and his effort is goal-bound but a flying challenge from Rocha saves the day.


Poor challenge by Mokoena on Crouch. Free-kick for the Londonders.

Second half

Pompey get the game started and there doesn't seem to be any changes by either boss at the interval.

Half time

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-0 PORTSMOUTH: An entertaining opening 45 minutes is brought to an end by Alan Wiley. David James and Heurelho Gomes have been busy in the two goals and it's all square at Wembley.


Confusion in the Pompey area. Crouch turns his marker and his shot is deflected and Bentley shoots but the cannons behind for a corner that leads to nothing. Spurs turning up the heat as the first-half draws to a close.


Boateng fizzes the free-kick straight into Gomes' arms. Wasted opportunity.

Yellow Card

Huddlestone is the next to go into the referee's book. Similar to Dindane's, he slips into the challenge but Wiley evens the card count up.


Pompey are still pressing, bugging and showing total commitment. They are in this contest as much as Spurs are.


Crouch puts a dipping cross into the box but it is headed clear.


Hayden Mullins is down. Looks like he has cramp.


Huddlestone's effort is heading to the top corner but James' flying dive saves the day. From the corner, Crouch heads wide unmarked. Frustrating for the England man.


Pompey break again but Bale marauds down the left and cuts the ball into the area. Unfortunately for him, nobody is following in.


What a chance for Pompey. Piquionne races through but he shoots right at Gomes and Dindane doesn't make the most of the rebound.


Spurs look to keep hold of the ball and build som pressure with Bale, Palacios and Modric prominent.


Piquionne is getting into this more and more now. Another surge down the right brings his side a corner but Spurs clear their lines.


Wilson has a nasty cut on his nose. He's left the field to get patched up.


Another chance to take a breather as Wilson goes down. It's been an entertaining and open contest so far.


Piquionne jumps into Dawson and give away a free-kick.


James claims a high cross under the challenge of Crouch.


Dindane capitalises on Bassong's slip but he can't pick a blue shirt out in the box.


Huddlestone cross finds Crouch but his towering header is well kept out by James.


Boateng's effort sails well wide.


Free-kick for Pompey in dangerous position. Bassong is adjudged to have felled Piquionne on the edge of the area.


Modric's dipping effort lands on the roof of James' net. Close call.


Boateng's kick is better but is cleared. The ball is lofted in and Piquionne is unmarked but prods weakly at Gomes. He should have done better.


Up the other end and it's Dindane again causing hassle. His left-footed strike deflects wide for another corner.


Defoe flagged offside as he bursts in the penalty area.


Boateng's kick was poor and headed away by the first man.


Dindane wins Pompey's first corner of the afternoon. They need to make these chances count if they are to get anything today.


Sebastien Bassong's storming run creates a chance as he feeds Defoe but the diminutive front man can't quite square for Crouch who would have had a tap-in.


Defoe almost spins clear in the box but the defence hold firm.


First lull in a fast and furious game. Spurs are well on top but Pompey have had a couple of half chances that will give them heart.

Yellow Card

Dindane goes into the book for sliding through Palacios. He is pleading his innocence, hinting he slipped on the greasy surface. Wiley disagrees though.


Michael Dawson's header sails safely over the bar.


Another corner for Spurs following sustained possession.


The energetic Modric storms through but slices over from the edge of the box. Fine play from the Croatia star.


Pompey break away again but Piquionne loses his feet at the crucial moment.


Bale's teasing centre is headed clear and Wiley hands Pompey a free-kick. A much-needed break for the embattled southerners.


Pompey break with menace and Frederic Piquionne's effort is deflected safely to Heurelho Gomes.


James saves from the corner. They are under seige at Wembley.


The flag kick is played short and James makes a hash of the claim and it goes out for another corner.


Marc Wilson needlessly chops down Wilson Palacios and Spurs' quick free-kick is headed behind for a corner.


Dindane sportingly puts the ball out as Defoe and Rocha clash heads. They are soon up and running about.


Bale and Defoe are both on their backs. They are struggling with their footing here this afternoon already.


Hassan Yebda brings down Huddlestone for a needless free-kick.


This is early constant Spurs pressure. Another corner is cleared but fed back in for Crouch who heads tamely and David James collects.


Bentley's flag kick is flicked on by Vedran Corluka and Defoe prods over under pressure from Mokoena.


Crouch is grounded following a foul by Brown. The big striker seems to be winded. From the resulting free-kick, Spurs win a corner.


David Bentley's cross is headed away by Aaron Mokoena but Tom Huddlestone collects the loose ball and fires over the top.


Aruna Dindane clatters Luka Modric and Spurs are awarded a setpiece in a promising position.


Spurs have settled straight away here and left-back Gareth Bale has made a fine surge into the Pompey area but he was thwarted as he prepared to cross.


Immediate pressure from Defoe brings a throw in for his side.


Referee Alan Wiley blows his whistle and Spurs kick the game off.

Awaiting Kickoff

That said turf caused Chelsea and Villa players lots of problems with their footing yesterday. It will be interesting to see if the issues persist this afternoon.

Awaiting Kickoff

The two teams are making their way out onto the hallowed Wembley turf.

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A trio of former Spurs men start for Pompey this afternoon. Ricardo Rocha, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Brown take to the field and they will be striving to show what their old bosses are missing out on.

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The beleaguered south coast side will be looking to give their fans something to shout about after they were relegated from the Premier League yesterday on the power of West Ham United's win against Sunderland.

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Another Pompey old boy in Niko Kranjcar is on the bench and he will be looking to make an impact against his former employers if he is called upon.

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Former Portsmouth duo Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch start in attack for the Londoners and manager Harry Redknapp will be looking for a second FA Cup final appearance after guiding Portsmouth to glory in 2008.

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Today's winning side will take on current cup holders Chelsea, who beat Aston Villa 3-0 thanks to goals from Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard.

Awaiting Kickoff

Good afternoon and welcome to this FA Cup semi-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth from Wembley Stadium.

Awaiting Kickoff

Tottenham face Portsmouth at 4pm on Sunday, April 11th.