Tottenham Hotspur cruised past League Two side Newport County into the fifth round of the FA Cup and while the 2-0 scoreline was no surprise, Erik Lamela scored his first goal since September 2016.
Despite needing a replay the result didn’t really look in doubt after Dan Butler had scored an own-goal to break the deadlock but Lamela doubled the lead to provide further reason for cheer.
The talented 25-year-old has endured a torrid spell at Spurs through injury and is only now getting back to fitness and after winning the vital penalty against Liverpool on Sunday, Lamela was back on the scoresheet.
The former River Plate forward could and perhaps should have had more than one but showed decent composure to control Son Heung-min’s pass and slot the ball under the goalkeeper.
Lamela’s return is a boost for Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League run-in and the Champions League knockout stages but it remains to be seen whether the Argentinian can force his way into the starting eleven and Jorge Sampaoli’s World Cup plans.
In Spain, Sevilla booked a place in the Copa del Rey final for the second time in three years after defeating Leganes 3-1 on aggregate.
Leganes had shocked Real Madrid in the last round and held Sevilla to a 1-1 draw in the first leg but were undone after quarter of an hour in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan when Joaquín Correa poked in after fine work by Luis Muriel.
Sevilla were the better side and aside from Muriel, the Argentinian duo of Ever Banega and Franco Vázquez impressed in midfield and so it was fitting when the latter burst forward to seal the win. Consistency may still be an issue for Vázquez but his talent is undeniable and his finish to double the lead on the night was unerring.
Either Barcelona or Valenia stand in Sevilla’s way in the Copa del Rey final.
And finally, Nicolás Tagliafico continues to make a fine start to life in Amsterdam with another match winning display in a 4-2 win over Roda.
Two left wing bursts resulted in two goals as the former Independiente captain cut the ball back for Donny van de Beek and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to tap in.
Jorge Sampaoli went to meet Tagliafico on his European tour and there are no better options available to Argentina at left-back.
@nico_taglia with another man of the match display as @AFCAjax beat Roda 4-2.
4 Key Passes
89% pass completion
1 Dribble (100%)
1 Aerial won (100%)
— Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) February 7, 2018