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In Pictures: Defoe earns his Spurs as Leeds go out

Leeds United 1 Tottenham 3

Jermain Defoe kept Tottenham on the road to Wembley and brought the curtains down on the Leeds fairytale with a hat-trick in a high octane fourth-round FA Cup replay at Elland Road.

Defoe's mishit opener in the 37th minute was cancelled out by Luciano Becchio's equaliser at the end of the first half, but the England striker poached a second half winner and then a late third to book the Londoners a fifth-round tie at Bolton on the weekend after next.

Defoe missed a hatful of first-half chances to put the tie to bed, just as he had done against Leeds in London, and Grayson's side harried and chased to keep most in an Elland Road crowd of 37,704 full of expectation until the visitors' decisive second goal.

Defoe fluffed a golden chance to give the visitors a first-minute lead when pouncing on a blunder by Andrew Hughes, only to scuff his shot and Sebastien Bassong volleyed an early corner over the crossbar.

Defoe squandered another chance when one-on-one with Casper Ankergren in the 25th minute as the striker's low shot came back off the Danish goalkeeper's legs.

Ankergren thwarted Defoe again 10 minutes before the break, this time after Tom Huddlestone's lay-off, but the pint-sized forward broke the deadlock in the 37th minute, ironically from a mishit effort after David Bentley had cleverly slipped his marker, Hughes, down the right.

Defoe controlled Bentley's cross and miscued to send the ball arcing lazily over Ankergren into the top corner.

Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes then saved brilliantly to keep out Michalik's header from Howson's free-kick as Leeds launched an immediate response.

But there was no denying Becchio in first half stoppage-time. Beckford's shot on the turn was parried by Gomes, but the Argentinian forward rammed home the rebound to level the scores.

Ankergren kept out Dawson's 59th-minute header which appeared destined for the top corner and was equal to Bentley's fierce drive soon after as Tottenham probed — but Leeds refused to buckle.

Defoe sidefooted home Kranjcar's cross in the 68th minute, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

The League One side were not to be spared in the 73rd minute however. This time Bentley's low cross eluded the Leeds rearguard and Defoe nipped in to turn the ball home from six yards.

Leeds never stopped running and pressed for another unlikely equaliser, but with time running out Defoe latched on to another ball over the top to round Ankergren and roll home his third in time added on.

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