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Tottenham   0 - 2   Portsmouth

Kevin-Prince Boateng celebrates after scoring for Portsmouth
Boateng's penalty made the game safe for Portsmouth

By Phil McNulty
BBC Sport at Wembley

Portsmouth emerged from the wreckage of relegation and financial meltdown to beat Tottenham at Wembley and set up an FA Cup final date with Chelsea.

Avram Grant's side have experienced both ends of football's emotional scale in the space of 24 hours - recovering from finally seeing relegation back to the Championship confirmed by upsetting overwhelming favourites Spurs with two goals in extra-time.

Tottenham, with former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp in charge and with one-time Fratton Park stars Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch in their starting line-up, edged a colourless first 90 minutes before Grant's underdogs struck in the extra period.

Wembley's appalling playing surface took a large share of the responsibility for the lack of quality on show, playing a crucial role in the goal that sent Grant on his way to a final date against his old club Chelsea nine minutes into extra-time.

Michael Dawson lost his footing as he went to make a clearance and Frederic Piquionne pounced to beat Heurelho Gomes from eight yards and lay the foundations for Pompey's unlikely progress.

As Spurs threw men forward in desperation, the excellent David James made a crucial block from Vedran Corluka before victory was sealed in front of Portsmouth's ecstatic fans three minutes from time.

Wilson Palacios hauled down Aruna Dindane and former Tottenham star Kevin-Prince Boateng added another layer of irony on this semi-final of many sub-plots by rifling home the penalty.

Tottenham fans deserted Wembley in droves instantly - this was a day of joy for Grant and his players, who mixed desire, determination and occasionally desperation to record a landmark triumph.

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Pompey have been on the brink of extinction as they fight for their very survival, and yet their FA Cup run has provided relief amid their turmoil and they now have the chance to finish this season with a flourish against holders Chelsea.

Spurs will rue a succession of missed chances in normal time, with Crouch the main culprit, although James tormented him with a succession of fine saves, including a crucial block with legs with just seconds left of the 90 minutes and the scoreline still goalless.

Redknapp was gracious in defeat as he embraced Grant at the final whistle - but Spurs will be devastated, having gone into this semi-final with such high hopes and ended it dejected and empty-handed.

And how Pompey fans enjoyed the sight of their former manager being forced to swallow the bitter pill of defeat at the final whistle.

The blame for a lacklustre first 45 minutes lay, quite literally, at the feet of the players as they struggled to adapt to Wembley's unreliable surface.

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It was also the catalyst for two harsh bookings for Dindane and Tom Huddlestone. Dindane's feet clearly went from under him as he attempted to tackle Palacios, while the striker was then on the receiving end of a collision with Huddlestone, who was also betrayed by the pitch.

Both sides did manage to fashion opportunities, with James saving well from Crouch's header before acrobatically clawing Huddlestone's long-range effort over the top.

Pompey's best chance fell to Piquionne, who could only strike the outstretched left leg of Gomes as he raced clear into the penalty area.

Piquionne was guilty of wastefulness in front of goal again after 55 minutes when he headed tamely at the exposed Gomes from Dindane's cross.

This was the signal for Redknapp to make the change Spurs' fans had been demanding as he sent on Roman Pavlyuchenko for Defoe, who had cut a subdued figure for most of this semi-final.

Crouch should have taken advantage of a moment of uncertainty from James after 68 minutes, but he headed off target after the keeper failed to deal with David Bentley's corner.

And Pompey had another escape when Aaron Mokoena diverted Corluka's cross towards his own goal, only to recover as Crouch closed in.

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Crouch was getting into the danger areas without providing the finishing touch, and he was frustrated again with 15 minutes left as he headed Gareth Bale's cross off the outside of the upright as James scrambled to regain his position.

And the striker was denied again deep into injury-time when he looked certain to score from Bale's low cross, but could only divert his finish against the legs of James, condemning a game low on real quality to 30 minutes of extra-time.

After surviving all the pressure Spurs had inflicted upon them it was Pompey who broke the deadlock nine minutes into the extra period - and once again an accusing finger could be pointed at the pitch.

Dawson slipped attempting to clear a routine free-kick and the ball fell invitingly for Piquionne to slip the simplest of finishes under Gomes. It was cruel on Dawson but Pompey's joy was unconfined.

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Spurs thought they had swiftly restored equality when Crouch bundled the ball into the net, but referee Alan Wiley adjudged that Niko Kranjcar had fouled James as he challenged for Bale's cross.

Suddenly, there was desperation in the air for Spurs and they were almost caught on the break by John Utaka, but he wasted the final pass and Luka Modric was able to recover.

James, who had stood firm, then blocked Corluka from point-blank range before Pompey broke again to score the second and decisive goal.

Palacios was beaten for pace by Dindane and left Wiley with an easy decision to point to the spot.

Boateng slammed home the kick and the remarkable story of Portsmouth's season of struggle will have another chapter against Chelsea at Wembley next month.

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Sunday, 11 April 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 0-2 Portsmouth FT
(HT 0-0)After Extra Time
    • Piquionne 99
    • Boateng (pen) 117

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Portsmouth

    • 01 James
    • 03 Rocha
    • 16 Finnan
    • 04 Mokoena
    • 06 Mullins (Hughes 119)
    • 11 Brown
    • 23 Boateng yellow card
    • 32 Yebda (Utaka 87)
    • 35 Wilson
    • 09 Piquionne (Diop 112)
    • 24 Dindane yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 21 Ashdown,
    • 08 Diop,
    • 17 Utaka,
    • 22 Hughes,
    • 33 Basinas,
    • 20 Smith,
    • 27 Kanu
    Ref: WileyAtt: 84,602
    TOTTENHAM
    PORTSMOUTH

    Possession

    • Tottenham 57%
    • Portsmouth 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Tottenham 16
    • Portsmouth 7

    Attempts off target

    • Tottenham 15
    • Portsmouth 5

    Corners

    • Tottenham 20
    • Portsmouth 7

    Fouls

    • Tottenham 17
    • Portsmouth 16
    • Final Result
    • Extra Time Complete
    • 120:00+2:04 The match is over.
    • 120:00+1:31 Michael Brown takes a short corner.
    • 120:00+1:07 John Utaka takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 120:00+0:10 Booking The referee books Sebastien Bassong for dissent.
    • 119:08 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Bale.
    • 118:25 Substitution Richard Hughes is brought on as a substitute for Hayden Mullins.
    • 117:50 Foul by Michael Brown on Wilson Palacios, free kick awarded. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 117:14 Booking Kevin-Prince Boateng goes into the book for time wasting.
    • 116:31 GOAL - Kevin-Prince BoatengTottenham 0 - 2 Portsmouth Kevin-Prince Boateng scores a power penalty. Tottenham 0-2 Portsmouth.
    • 115:31 Booking Wilson Palacios receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 115:16 Wilson Palacios gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane.
    • 114:40 Vedran Corluka takes a shot. Blocked by David James.
    • 114:02 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, blocked by Steve Finnan.
    • 112:29 Foul by John Utaka on Michael Dawson, free kick awarded. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
    • 111:50 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Papa Bouba Diop coming on for Frederic Piquionne.
    • 111:16 Effort from just outside the area by Michael Dawson goes over the bar.
    • 110:15 Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line, clearance by Michael Brown.
    • 107:58 Centre by Wilson Palacios.
    • 107:02 The offside flag is raised against Eidur Gudjohnsen. Free kick taken by David James.
    • 106:10 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. David James makes a comfortable save.
    • 105:40 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, save made by David James.
    • Extra Time Started
    • 105:01 The second half of extra-time kicks-off.
    • Extra Time Half Time
    • 105:00+0:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luka Modric on Aruna Dindane. Kevin-Prince Boateng restarts play with the free kick.
    • 104:47 The assistant referee signals for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Free kick taken by David James.
    • 102:25 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Brown.
    • 101:48 Substitution Eidur Gudjohnsen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tom Huddlestone.
    • Correction - 101:23 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha by Niko Kranjcar results in a free kick. David James restarts play with the free kick.
    • 101:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Niko Kranjcar on Ricardo Rocha. Free kick taken by David James.
    • 100:17 Shot by Peter Crouch from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
    • 98:51 Assist by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 98:51 GOAL - Frederic PiquionneTottenham 0 - 1 Portsmouth Frederic Piquionne scores a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 0-1 Portsmouth.
    • 98:24 Unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Michael Dawson results in a free kick. The ball is delivered by Marc Wilson,
    • 97:48 Effort on goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 97:05 Michael Brown takes the outswinging corner, Niko Kranjcar makes a clearance.
    • 96:58 Kevin-Prince Boateng sends in a cross, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.
    • 96:32 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Save by David James.
    • 95:11 Shot by Wilson Palacios from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
    • 92:27 Effort from inside the area by Frederic Piquionne misses to the right of the goal.
    • 92:07 Roman Pavlyuchenko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins. Ricardo Rocha takes the free kick.
    • 90:03 Ricardo Rocha fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. David James takes the direct free kick.
    • Extra Time Started
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:12 The whistle goes for the end of normal time.
    • 90:00+1:51 John Utaka produces a cross.
    • 90:00+0:51 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:30 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by David James.
    • 89:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Ricardo Rocha. Direct free kick taken by David James.
    • 88:57 Effort from outside the penalty box by Kevin-Prince Boateng goes wide right of the target.
    • 88:31 Short corner worked by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 86:44 Substitution John Utaka on for Hassan Yebda.
    • 86:36 The ball is crossed by Niko Kranjcar.
    • 85:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Aruna Dindane. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
    • 85:05 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar.
    • 84:33 Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar, Vedran Corluka takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 83:49 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar played to the near post.
    • 82:27 The ball is delivered by Vedran Corluka, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.
    • 80:47 Michael Brown challenges Tom Huddlestone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Huddlestone crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Marc Wilson.
    • 79:55 Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.
    • 79:02 Roman Pavlyuchenko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hassan Yebda. Marc Wilson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.
    • 78:27 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Niko Kranjcar coming on for David Bentley.
    • 77:32 Gareth Bale concedes a free kick for a foul on Aruna Dindane. Kevin-Prince Boateng crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
    • 76:26 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the right by-line.
    • 75:22 Gareth Bale crosses the ball.
    • 74:20 David Bentley has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 74:08 Luka Modric takes a shot. Steve Finnan gets a block in.
    • 72:59 David Bentley takes the inswinging corner, Frederic Piquionne manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:54 Vedran Corluka sends in a cross, clearance made by Steve Finnan.
    • 72:02 Shot from just outside the box by Kevin-Prince Boateng goes over the target.
    • 71:56 The ball is delivered by Hassan Yebda, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
    • 70:26 Outswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Hayden Mullins.
    • 70:14 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.
    • 69:06 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Ricardo Rocha.
    • 68:33 Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley, David James makes a comfortable save.
    • 68:13 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 67:44 The ball is sent over by Luka Modric.
    • 66:20 Unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:35 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, Header from deep inside the area by Roman Pavlyuchenko goes over the bar.
    • 65:21 Centre by David Bentley.
    • 64:10 Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley, Close range headed effort by Peter Crouch misses to the right of the goal.
    • 64:02 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, blocked by Steve Finnan.
    • 63:17 Foul by Peter Crouch on Marc Wilson, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:43 Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 61:03 Shot by Vedran Corluka from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 59:42 The ball is sent over by David Bentley, comfortable save by David James.
    • 58:30 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on in place of Jermain Defoe.
    • 58:15 David Bentley crosses the ball, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.
    • 56:33 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by David James.
    • 56:09 Jermain Defoe fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wilson Palacios.
    • 55:44 Aruna Dindane delivers the ball, Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 55:22 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, David James makes a comfortable save.
    • 54:48 The ball is sent over by Hassan Yebda, comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 54:16 Wilson Palacios challenges Kevin-Prince Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Finnan.
    • 54:01 Handball decision goes against Luka Modric. Steve Finnan takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:10 The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Steve Finnan gets a block in.
    • 52:46 Hassan Yebda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
    • 51:44 Michael Brown takes the inswinging corner, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
    • 50:49 Sebastien Bassong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steve Finnan from right channel, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 49:02 Shot by Kevin-Prince Boateng from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 48:33 Peter Crouch is adjudged to have handled the ball. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:48 Peter Crouch challenges Aaron Mokoena unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 46:26 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Ricardo Rocha gets a block in.
    • 45:31 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Aaron Mokoena results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Bentley, clearance by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:01 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:52 Outswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.
    • 45:00+0:30 David Bentley takes a shot. Blocked by Hayden Mullins.
    • 43:48 Kevin-Prince Boateng crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 43:48 Booking Booking for Tom Huddlestone for unsporting behaviour.
    • 43:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 38:45 Outswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Peter Crouch goes over the bar.
    • 38:23 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Comfortable save by David James.
    • 37:31 The ball is swung over by Hassan Yebda, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
    • 36:08 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 35:07 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale.
    • 33:39 Corner from right by-line taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • Correction - 31:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frederic Piquionne on Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:17 Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Frederic Piquionne results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:55 Gareth Bale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:41 The ball is swung over by David Bentley, comfortable save by David James.
    • 28:39 Hassan Yebda produces a cross, comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 28:32 The ball is delivered by Aruna Dindane.
    • 26:58 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by David James.
    • 26:25 Kevin-Prince Boateng challenges David Bentley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vedran Corluka restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:51 Sebastien Bassong concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Strike on goal comes in from Kevin-Prince Boateng from the free kick.
    • 23:53 Effort on goal by Luka Modric from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 23:15 Frederic Piquionne has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
    • 22:59 Corner taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the right by-line played to the near post, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.
    • 22:38 Aruna Dindane takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.
    • 22:19 Jermain Defoe is ruled offside. David James takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:50 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin-Prince Boateng played to the near post, clearance made by Gareth Bale.
    • 18:49 Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Michael Brown results in a free kick. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 16:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Aruna Dindane. Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
    • 16:39 Foul by Aruna Dindane on Wilson Palacios, free kick awarded. Sebastien Bassong takes the free kick.
    • 16:19 Booking Aruna Dindane receives a caution.
    • 15:13 Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Dawson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 15:07 The ball is delivered by David Bentley, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:22 Effort on goal by Luka Modric from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 12:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Bentley by Michael Brown. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 11:35 David Bentley is caught offside. Free kick taken by David James.
    • 11:21 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Hayden Mullins.
    • 11:03 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 10:50 Corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line, clearance made by Marc Wilson.
    • 10:01 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by David James.
    • 9:41 Corner taken short by David Bentley.
    • 9:20 Unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
    • 6:15 Hassan Yebda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 5:21 Headed effort from inside the area by Peter Crouch misses to the left of the target.
    • 4:45 Corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line to the near post, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:19 Corner from right by-line taken by David Bentley.
    • 3:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Michael Brown. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 2:36 Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Hassan Yebda results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from David Bentley, clearance by Aaron Mokoena. Tom Huddlestone takes a shot.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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