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Published: 10:37 | 12/1/16

Kane earns Spurs replay at Foxes

A late penalty from Harry Kane kept Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup hopes alive as they drew 2-2 with Leicester City at White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino's side looked to be heading out of the competition until the England forward smashed home an unstoppable effort from the spot with just a minute to play.

It was a little harsh on the Foxes after goals from Marcin Wasilewski and Shinji Okazaki had overturned a one-goal deficit - courtesy of an early Christian Eriksen strike - and looked to have earned them a place in the fourth round.

Claudio Ranieri will feel hard done by when he watches the highlights of the penalty incident, Nathan Dyer perhaps incorrectly penalised for handling in the penalty area.

However, Spurs would argue the decision was correct and on the overall balance of play they probably deserved to take the tie to a replay.

Eriksen gave the hosts the perfect start on eight minutes when he was on-hand to rifle home after Kasper Schmeichel parried Nacer Chadli’s effort into his path.

Their lead didn’t last long however as within 11 minutes the Foxes were level, Wasilewski taking advantage of some slack marking to head home debutant Demarai Gray’s corner.

The equaliser rattled Spurs and Leicester increased the tempo in an effort to take advantage of this; the former however, gradually settled down and began to dominate again although the latter finished the first half on the front foot.

The visitors continued in the same vein after the break and half-time substitute Okazaki put them ahead within two minutes of the restart, jinking his way through three defenders before beating Michel Vorm at the second attempt.

Pochettino introduced Kane with 22 minutes remaining, the forward coming on for Tom Carroll, but he found it difficult to create space against a compact Leicester defensive unit.

Fellow substitute Nabil Bentaleb came close on 85 minutes but his fierce 25-yard effort was beaten away by Schmeichel.

Spurs were thrown a lifeline when Dyer was penalised for handling inside the box and Kane made no mistake from 12 yards to ensure the sides must meet again at the King Power Stadium.

her up the pitch.

However, on 68 minutes Loftus-Cheek made a great run into the box and Cesar Azpilicueta’s cutback found him perfectly, the midfielder finishing clinically to make it 2-0.

The away supporters thought they had grabbed one back when Van Veen’s free-kick flew into the side-netting and minutes from the end Clarke smashed a fierce drive off the post but they were unable to get the consolation their efforts merited.

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