Tottenham and Liverpool are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after overcoming Leicester and Exeter respectively in replays on Wednesday night.
Spurs finally got the better of Leicester this season at the fourth time of asking with a 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium.
Having drawn 2-2 in the original tie and with Leicester winning the Barclays Premier League meeting in north London last week, Spurs succeeded in the final part of the 10-day trilogy courtesy of goals from Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli – the scene of a 1-1 draw in the league in August.
Even the introduction of Jamie Vardy from the bench shortly after Chadli’s strike midway through the second half could not rescue Claudio Ranieri’s side.
In the greater scheme of things the Italian may not be too upset by Leicester’s exit, although he would be unlikely to admit it. It is reasonable to argue that defeat in Wednesday night’s third-round replay may benefit Ranieri and his small squad as they look to maintain their surprise pursuit of the Premier League title.
For Tottenham, who must also harbour ambitions of becoming champions, it means another game in an already busy schedule. Mauricio Pochettino’s team will travel to Sky Bet League 1 strugglers Colchester in the next round at the end of the month.
Maiden Liverpool goals for youngsters Sheyi Ojo and Joao Carlos Teixeira sealed a 3-0 victory over Exeter.
Midfielder Joe Allen’s second in as many matches had set the Reds on their way to a home meeting with West Ham a week on Saturday but it was members of Jurgen Klopp’s reserves who finished the job.
The way in which teenage substitute Ojo, recalled early from a loan spell with Wolves, curled a brilliant effort past Bobby Olejnik provided a lesson in finishing for an out-of-sorts Christian Benteke who looked anything but a £32million Belgium international against a League Two defence.
Klopp made three changes from the scratch side he fielded in the previous tie, bringing in some experience in goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Allen and Jordon Ibe while handing Tiago Ilori, Brad Smith and Kevin Stewart their senior Anfield debuts.
Confidence shown by the likes of youngsters Joao Carlos Teixeira – whose sublime cross with the outside of his right foot was among his many contributions – Cameron Brannagan and Brad Smith was not so evident in Benteke.