We may not have got the giant-killing we all craved but there was still plenty of entertainment on offer during Tottenham’s trip to eighth tier Marine.
The Merseysiders put up a brave fight, yet in the end their Premier League opposition’s quality proved far too much to handle. However, before Spurs’ shattered their dreams, Marine actually came closest to scoring.
The hosts defended superbly in the opening 20 minutes and were rewarded when the ball broke to Neil Kengni on the halfway line. With no one in support, the trainee plumber drove forward and fired off a 30 yard shot that rattled the crossbar after an epic Joe Hart misjudgement.
This close shave was the wake up call that Spurs needed, as minutes later they sparked into life.
Harry Kane’s understudy Carlos Vinicius opened the scoring, showing quick feet to control Dele Alli’s incisive pass and then take it round the goalkeeper, before leathering home from a yard out.
The Brazilian had the audacity to celebrate the strike, scored against EIGHTH tier opponents…
He then grabbed a second goal, incredibly from even closer range. No celebration this time though…
His compatriot, Lucas Moura, then compounded Marine’s misery by netting an excellent free kick, while Vinicius completed his hat-trick soon after.
His first two goals were laughably straightforward but this one was beautiful, the frontman cushioning a lob delicately over 12-year-old looking Bayleigh Passant in the Marine goal.
The goals were not the only talking points as the first half drew to a close.
A pitch side cut out of Jurgen Klopp, as well as Dele’s hilarious fall in front of the Spurs’ bench were also attracting traction on social media.
After the break, the game simmered down, although Spurs substitute Alfie Devine did end up making history.
Prior to coming on at half time, the 16-year-old was best known for his two footed lunge on Danny Drinkwater during an Under-23s game last month. Now, he will also be remembered as Spurs’ youngest ever scorer after sneaking his shot in at the near post on the hour mark.
And that, ladies and gentleman, was all she wrote.
It was a brave effort from Marine, one their fans will have hopefully enjoyed, despite being heartbreakingly barred from entry.
Their FA Cup journey has been inspirational and as if Twitter is to be believed, they have picked up more than a few fans along the way.