Tottenham Hotspur avoid FA Cup giant killing against Marine thanks to Carlos Vinicius hat-trick January 10, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was unable to inspire Marine AFC as they were beaten 5-0 by Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the FA Cup.
Wright, who cheekily wore a Marine beanie hat on TV to troll Spurs fans, watched on as Carlos Vinicius scored a first half hat-trick to settle the tie against the minnows.
There are 161 league places separating the eighth tier side and Jose Mourinho’s superstars – the largest gap ever in FA Cup history.
However, the hosts almost took the lead at Rossett Park Stadium when Neil Kengni hit the bar with a rasping left footed drive which clanged off the crossbar and left former England international Joe Hart rooted to the spot.
Despite the brief scare, the 2019 Champions League finalists took the lead after great work outside the box from Dele Alli, with his cross finding Vinicius to tap home from close range.
If the first from the Brazilian was a little scrappy, the second was slightly more aesthetically pleasing as he tapped home after Matt Doherty’s effort was saved by Bayleigh Passant.
Passant was left stranded for the third, a wonderful free-kick from Lucas Moura, with Vinicius sealing his hat-trick soon after.
With Jurgen Klopp ‘spotted’ in the background and some rather hilarious social media commentary from the Marine side, the magic of the FA Cup was still very much alive despite the emphatic scoreline.
Even the most ardent Spurs fan would not have wanted to see the non-league side get thrashed but, if there was to be another scorere for the visitors, it was perhaps fitting it was 16-year-old Alfie Devine.
The teenager jinked inside and fired home for his first ever goal, with the world’s formerly most expensive player Gareth Bale then joining the semi-professionals on the pitch.
Devine became Tottenham’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 163 days and then became their youngest ever goalscorer.