Jermaine Beckford converts a 96th-minute penalty to earn Leeds a replay
By Sam Lyon
BBC Sport at White Hart Lane
Jermaine Beckford dispatched a stoppage-time penalty to earn League One Leeds a replay against Tottenham to cap a sensational FA Cup fourth-round tie at White Hart Lane.
The striker was coolness personified as he picked himself up from Michael Dawson's foul to drill his spot kick into the corner and earn the visitors a dramatic draw six minutes into injury time.
And it was little more than Leeds deserved as they twice came from behind to deny a side ranked 41 places above them easy passage into the next round.
It was Beckford who had cancelled out Peter Crouch's close-range opener with a typical poacher's effort minutes into the second half.
And it was Beckford again who denied substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko what would have been a headline-grabbing winner for the Russian front man.
Leeds, on course for promotion to the Championship thanks to their revival under manager Simon Grayson, do not do dull this season.
Now, having seen off Manchester United in sensational style in the previous round, they will have another chance to do the same to Tottenham when the sides meet again on 2 February.
Every one of their players played their part - not least keeper Casper Ankergren, whose penalty save was just one of a string of fantastic stops in the opening 20 minutes that kept Leeds in it.
Twice early on the Danish keeper's palms were warmed as Jermain Defoe and then Niko Kranjcar fired in good efforts from range, and Ankergren then produced his best save of the night when he flung himself low to his right to keep out Defoe's spot-kick after the striker had been felled by Michael Doyle.
Gareth Bale was the next to be frustrated as his free-kick was beaten away on the stretch, before the keeper - with the help of Patrick Kisnorbo - somehow denied Defoe six yards out after Kranjcar's free-kick had been spilled.
And after Defoe had been denied a second penalty when he looked to have been clearly bundled over in the box by Jason Crowe, Tottenham's frustration was near to boiling point.
It was then, having survived the early bombardment, that Leeds suddenly came out of their shell.
Leeds boss Simon Grayson, who was at Anfield to watch Liverpool beat Spurs 2-0 on Wednesday, had deployed his troops similarly, favouring a packed midfield at first.
But following the hosts' bright start he signalled to Robert Snodgrass that he had more license to roam, and it almost yielded immediate benefits.
It was the forward who brought the first save of note out of Heurelho Gomes with a curling effort that had to be brilliantly turned away, and after watching Beckford flash a left-foot effort wide, Snodgrass turned provider as his pass set up his strike partner to again force a fine save with a dipping volley.
Ironically, it was during Leeds' best passage of the half that Spurs took the lead, Crouch pouncing to tuck in on the rebound after Kranjcar's shot had been spilled.
But the Spurs players entered the half-time break knowing they had plenty of work to do - and so it proved when, just minutes after the restart, Beckford made the most of Jermaine Jenas's hashed attempt to clear a corner by scrambling home the equaliser from all of a yard.
It was the first goal Tottenham had conceded at home since 12 December, but Leeds were more than good for it and with the visitors matching the hosts with a performance full of endeavour and no little skill, Redknapp reacted by bringing on approximately £40m worth of talent from the bench in Wilson Palacios, Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane.
The turnaround was almost immediate. Pavlyuchenko cleverly stepped over Palacios's pass after a fine break from the midfielder and then collected Defoe's through-ball to slide into the corner with aplomb, putting Tottenham ahead and sending the home fans into raptures.
It was a terrific finish to a flowing move, and looked like not only settling a frantic tie but also proving a memorable winner for a striker who for so long has looked to be heading out of White Hart Lane.
The action was far from over, though, and Leeds saved their most dramatic moment until the last.
Beckford was the match-saver, driving into the box and falling under Dawson's challenge before showing a mental strength beyond his experience in firing home the resulting penalty.
The Leeds bench celebrated as if they had won the Cup - but few could deny them their moment of glory following a performance that provided yet more evidence that the club is once more on the up.
As for Tottenham, they will have to fit another Cup tie into their schedule as they look to combine a push for a Champions League place alongside their hunt for a first piece of silverware since the Carling Cup win of 2008.
90:00+5:47 GOAL - Jermaine Beckford:Tottenham 2 - 2 Leeds United Jermaine Beckford scores a placed penalty. Tottenham 2-2 Leeds.
90:00+4:36 Foul by Michael Dawson on Jermaine Beckford, Penalty awarded.
90:00+1:14 Neil Kilkenny takes the free kick.
90:00+1:14 Booking Alan Hutton booked.
90:00+1:10 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford by Alan Hutton results in a free kick.
90:00+0:04 Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
87:06 Shot on goal comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick, Robert Snodgrass gets a block in.
87:06 Substitution Aidan White is brought on as a substitute for Bradley Johnson.
87:06 Booking Bradley Johnson receives a caution.
86:56 Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton.
86:03 Robbie Keane takes a shot. Casper Ankergren makes a comfortable save.
85:27 Gareth Bale decides to take the corner short.
84:44 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luka Modric, Jonathan Howson manages to make a clearance.
83:22 The ball is crossed by Alan Hutton.
82:47 Shot by Jermaine Jenas from 20 yards. Blocked by Patrick Kisnorbo. Corner taken by Luka Modric played to the near post, Neil
Kilkenny makes a clearance.
81:53 Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
81:53 Booking Caution for Neil Kilkenny.
81:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Neil Kilkenny.
81:01 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.
79:48 Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
79:48 Substitution Michael Doyle leaves the field to be replaced by Luciano Becchio.
79:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Snodgrass on Alan Hutton.
77:51 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Jonathan Howson results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
74:51 Assist on the goal came from Jermain Defoe.
74:51 GOAL - Roman Pavlyuchenko:Tottenham 2 - 1 Leeds United Roman Pavlyuchenko scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Leeds.
71:38 Alan Hutton challenges Bradley Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass
from left wing, clearance by Jermaine Jenas.
70:05 Direct free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.
70:05 Substitution Robbie Keane joins the action as a substitute, replacing Niko Kranjcar.
70:05 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko on for Peter Crouch.
70:05 Patrick Kisnorbo fouled by Jermain Defoe, the ref awards a free kick.
67:58 Shot by Jermain Defoe. Save made by Casper Ankergren.
64:01 Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Casper Ankergren.
64:01 Booking Patrick Kisnorbo is given a yellow card.
63:54 Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Patrick Kisnorbo results in a free kick.
63:09 Shot by Robert Snodgrass from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
62:26 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line, Sebastien Bassong takes a shot. Save made by Casper Ankergren.
61:55 Wilson Palacios fouled by Robert Snodgrass, the ref awards a free kick. Wilson Palacios takes the free kick.
60:51 Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass,
Jermain Defoe manages to make a clearance.
59:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Niko Kranjcar on Robert Snodgrass. Casper Ankergren restarts play with the free kick.
58:17 Luka Modric takes the free kick.
58:17 Booking Jason Crowe is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
58:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Crowe on Gareth Bale.
55:47 Substitution Wilson Palacios is brought on as a substitute for Danny Rose.
55:15 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar.
54:51 Shot by Neil Kilkenny. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
51:50 GOAL - Jermaine Beckford:Tottenham 1 - 1 Leeds United Jermaine Beckford gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Leeds.
51:24 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass,
50:09 Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
50:09 Booking Michael Doyle receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
50:03 Michael Doyle is adjudged to have handled the ball.
49:18 Bradley Johnson has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
47:25 Strike comes in from Niko Kranjcar from the free kick.
47:25 Booking Leigh Bromby booked.
47:19 Leigh Bromby challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick.
46:21 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick. Jermaine Jenas takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+1:06 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00+0:10 Jermaine Jenas produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
41:34 GOAL - Peter Crouch:Tottenham 1 - 0 Leeds United Goal scored by Peter Crouch from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Leeds.
41:21 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Save by Casper Ankergren.
37:48 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line.
37:31 Robert Snodgrass handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Luka Modric.
36:57 Shot by Bradley Johnson from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
35:48 Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
34:26 Jermaine Beckford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
33:15 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, save made by Casper Ankergren.
32:23 Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
30:19 Jermain Defoe challenges Andy Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Casper Ankergren restarts play with the free kick.
29:27 Jermaine Beckford produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
27:15 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot from 12 yards. Gareth Bale gets a block in. Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right
by-line played to the near post, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
26:51 Robert Snodgrass takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Peter Crouch.
26:38 Shot by Robert Snodgrass. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
24:46 Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leigh Bromby. Casper Ankergren takes the free kick.
24:25 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Bale.
23:27 Patrick Kisnorbo challenges Jermain Defoe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Gareth Bale from
the free kick, save made by Casper Ankergren.
21:41 Jermaine Jenas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle. Free kick taken by Neil Kilkenny.
19:21 Jason Crowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Strike on goal comes in from Niko Kranjcar from
the free kick, save made by Casper Ankergren. Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Patrick Kisnorbo gets a block in.
15:27 Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
14:45 Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, clearance made by Jonathan Howson.
13:41 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Patrick Kisnorbo results in a free kick. Gareth Bale produces a strike on goal direct
from the free kick, save made by Casper Ankergren.
12:07 The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Patrick Kisnorbo restarts play with the free kick.
10:45 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick Kisnorbo. Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, Peter Crouch
produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
8:51 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, Sebastien Bassong takes a shot. Save made by Casper
7:51 Penalty taken by Jermain Defoe saved by Casper Ankergren. Tottenham 0-0 Leeds.
7:51 Michael Doyle concedes a Penalty for a foul on Danny Rose.
6:56 Gareth Bale fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Jenas takes the free kick.
6:11 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, clearance made by Michael Doyle. Drilled right-footed
shot by Niko Kranjcar. Save made by Casper Ankergren.
5:58 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Casper Ankergren.
5:28 Handball decision goes against Jermaine Jenas. Direct free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.
3:15 Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford. Patrick Kisnorbo takes the direct free
2:54 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Michael Doyle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
0:54 Gareth Bale sends in a cross.
0:23 Bradley Johnson challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the free kick.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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