Norwich City are into the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1991-92 thanks to a dramatic 3-2 win on penalties at Tottenham after a 1-1 draw, Tim Krul the star of the show in the shootout.
Daniel Farke’s Canaries missed their first penalty, but Krul’s heroics – coupled with some poor efforts by Spurs – allowed Norwich to secure their passage to the last eight despite also having to come from behind in regulation time.
Giovani Lo Celso was the chief instigator for Spurs in the first half and set up Jan Vertonghen to score just 13 minutes in, but the visitors responded well and were well worth a leveller when Josip Drmic pounced on a Michel Vorm mistake in the 78th minute.
Norwich survived extra time but looked to be in trouble when they missed their first penalty following Eric Dier’s opener, yet Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes both had efforts saved by Krul, securing the Canaries a famous win.
Lo Celso took the game to Norwich early on and was unsurprisingly the inspiration as Spurs took the lead, his free kick delivery from the left nodded in at the back post by Vertonghen.
Norwich created a couple of opportunities of their own late in the first half – the lively Emi Buendia stinging the palms of Michel Vorm after a brilliant solo run, before the goalkeeper reacted just in time to keep out Lukas Rupp’s long-range effort after he had made a meal of his initial save.
Norwich were the brighter of the two teams in the second half, with Buendia and Rupp both going close again, before Mario Vrancic’s free kick skimmed the roof of the net.
A deserved equaliser arrived in the 78th minute – Drmic capitalising as Vorm failed to hold Kenny McLean’s drive, forcing extra time after Ben Godfrey crucially blocked Serge Aurier’s goal-bound effort.
Despite fading, Norwich made it through a fairly uneventful extra 30 minutes and Krul made the difference in the shootout, saving from Parrott and Fernandes after Erik Lamela had hit the crossbar, with Adam Idah, Marco Stiepermann and Todd Cantwell converting on a famous night for City.
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