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Spurs hat-trick hero Llorente delighted after Rochdale FA Cup thrashing

Tottenham eased to the FA Cup quarterfinals after thrashing Rochdale 6-1 in tonight's replay at Wembley.

Son Heung-min gave Tottenham the lead after a goal from Erik Lamela was ruled out by VAR because of a foul by Fernando Llorente.

Son then had a penalty ruled out by VAR for stopping during his run-up while taking the kick - awarded after a video review - before Rochdale's Stephen Humphrys equalised.

Llorente's chip restored Tottenham's lead early in the second half before he toe-poked home from close range and headed in a Son cross to complete a hat-trick.

Son tapped into an empty net from six yards for Tottenham's fifth and Kyle Walker-Peters scored his first goal for the club with the final kick of the game.

Spurs will play Swansea in the last eight on Saturday, March 17.

Spurs defender Kieran Trippier said of the VAR delays afterwards: "It was crazy. Obviously the decisions took some momentum out of the game but the referee has to make the decision so we have to wait.

"We created a lot of chances in the first half. We have to give credit to Rochdale, they made it difficult again - as they did in the first game. They had one chance and they took it but every chance we had we took."

After his hat-trick, Llorente added: "I feel good. I'm happy because the team have won and it's important to be in the quarter-final.

"We know Swansea very well - they've improved a lot and it will be difficult."

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