Llorente Shines As Tottenham Thrashes Tarnmere Rovers

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Fernando Llorente scored a hat-trick as Tottenham scored seven goals past League Two Tranmere Rovers to cruise into the FA Cup fourth round.

Llorente, who was just making his second start of the season, scored three in 24 minutes as Spurs recorded their biggest away win in the club’s history.

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First he turned in Son Heung-min’s cut-back in the 48th minute for Spurs’ second and then slid a finish under Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies from Oliver Skipp’s pass.

Just a minute later the Spaniard completed his hat-trick by poking in Lucas Moura’s cross before being replaced by England captain Harry Kane.

Spurs had been kept out for 40 minutes until Serge Aurier hit a 25-yard shot that deflected off Emmanuel Monthe before swerving into the top corner.

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Llorente’s first goal was the first of three in nine minutes for Spurs at the start of the second half with Aurier slotting in his second and Son scoring a fine individual goal with a solo run from deep.

Kane added the seventh in the 82nd minute with a calm chip over Davies from inside the penalty area to draw level with Cliff Jones as Spurs’ joint fourth top scorer on 159 goals.

Tranmere, aiming to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2003-04, rarely troubled their Premier League opponents.

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Their best chance came shortly after Llorente had given Spurs a two-goal lead but Harvey Gilmour’s shot was blocked over after a long throw.

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