Lucas rescues the Spurs and Chelsea on the FA Cup ride
London, January 5 (AFP) Lucas Moura kept alive the hopes of the Tottenham FA Cup with a 1-1 draw in the second level Middlesbrough, while Callum Hudson-Odoi returned to the routine when Chelsea achieved a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the third round on Sunday.
Tottenham has not lifted an important trophy since 2008 when current Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate scored the winner of the League Cup against Chelsea.
Woodgate was on track to abolish Tottenham's bet to end that miserable race when Ashley Fletcher put Middlesbrough forward in the second half at Riverside Stadium.
But Brazilian end Lucas led the tie to send the tie to a replay in North London at the end of January.
Eager to win the silverware in his first season, Tottenham chief Jose Mourinho made only three changes, with Son Heung-min returning from a three-game suspension and replacing the injured Harry Kane.
They are twice close to putting Tottenham forward in the first half and visitors should have gone to the front when Ryan Sessegnon wasted his chance from Serge Aurier's cross.
Tottenham was never completely convincing and, with only a clean sheet since Mourinho took over, there was a familiar feeling when Middlesbrough took the lead in the 50th minute.
Fletcher overcame Tottenham's attempt to play offside, went through the goal and fired past Paulo Gazzaniga, without VAR in use to question the goal.
Tottenham returned the blow in the 61st minute, the center of Aurier chose Lucas for a header.
At Stamford Bridge, there were indications that Hudson-Odoi could be emerging from his second-year depression.
Hudson-Odoi has suffered a difficult season since injuries and bad form have ruined the positive impact he had last season.
But the 19-year-old had made a name for himself with an innovative display against Forest in the FA Cup last year.
So, perhaps it was no surprise that Hudson-Odoi looked more like his former self when he opened the scoring against the second level in the sixth minute.
Taking possession on the right, the England winger entered and shot at the lower right corner for his second goal of the season and the first since September.
- Stunned Palace -
Blues boss Frank Lampard had made nine changes, but Chelsea, who was wearing a retro home team in homage to his first FA Cup final victory against Leeds in 1970, doubled his lead in the 33rd minute.
The Hudson-Odoi shot was directly deflected to Ross Barkley and the midfielder got into the back post.
Crystal Palace became the third Premier League club to be eliminated this weekend when second-tier Derby won 1-0 at Selhurst Park.
Palace chief Roy Hodgson made five changes, a relatively small number compared to most other Premier League clubs this weekend, but the Eagles followed the same path as Aston Villa and Brighton, who retired before the opposition of the Championship on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney was in the Derby attack and his team took the lead in the 32nd minute when Jayden Bogle threw a center to the far post and Chris Martin took advantage of the net.
In a VAR rarity, referee Michael Oliver used the monitor on the side of the court to change a decision, expelling Luka Milivojevic after initially reserving the Palace midfielder for kicking Tom Huddlestone in the 63rd minute.
Sheffield United avoided an unrelated league disorder with a 2-1 victory over AFC Fylde in Bramall Lane.
United boss Chris Wilder made 11 changes in his Premier League team, but goals from Callum Robinson and Leon Clarke put them in control. Fylde, who plays in the fifth level National League, received a consolation goal from Jordan Williams in the 78th minute. (AFP) AH AH