On Wednesday, we had some games for the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Among them, Norwich ended up beating Tottenham on the penalty shootouts, in an emotional match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We can say that Norwich’s hero was the Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, who saved two penalties to send the Canaries through in the domestic Cup.
Jose Mourinho’s men started off on fire, and it looked like the game would be easy for them. The Spurs almost opened the scoring through Lo Celso, but Krul was there to prevent the Argentine from scoring.
Lo Celso kept on trying though and helped the hosts to break the deadlock, as he assisted defender Jan Vertonghen from a free-kick, as the Belgium international headed home past Krul. 1-0 Spurs with 13 minutes on the clock.
However, after grabbing the early goal, the Spurs seemed uninspired and gave Norwich lots of chances of scoring. The Canaries could only reach the equalizer on 78 minutes, as Vorm partially saved a long-range shot from Kenny McLean and the ball ended up with Josip Drmic, who scored. 1-1.
With the 1-1 draw in regular time, the game went to the penalty shootouts. Surely, Norwich had a natural advantage as their keeper Tim Krul is a specialist at saving pens.
Spurs’ first taker was Englishman Eric Dier, who converted at the right corner. Vorm saved Norwich’s McLean’s first penalty, as the Spurs were leading 1-0. After that, the luck seemed to have changed sides, as Erik Lamela hit the crossbar, and Adam Idah equalized it for the Canaries. Lo Celso and Stiepermann also scored. Youngster Troy Parrott ended up succumbing against Krul, as Todd Cantwell did it for Norwich.
Tottenham’s fate was on Gedson Fernandes’ feet, but Krul saved his pen and went to celebrate the FA Cup qualification with his teammates at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 2-3 Norwich.