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Bankrupt Portsmouth reaches FA Cup final
April 11th, 2010 3:40PM

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[ENGLAND] Bankrupt Portsmouth cannot afford to pay its players the bonuses it promised them for winning, but that didn't stop it from beating Tottenham, 2-0, in overtime in Sunday's semifinals of the FA Cup. The win, which came a day after it was relegated from the Premier League, sends Pompey to the final against Chelsea on May 15.

Heavily favored Spurs had all kinds of chances, but veteran England goalie David James was excellent for Portsmouth.

What he didn't stop Spurs either missed or was stymied by the woodwork.

The game was decided nine minutes into overtime when Portsmouth got a break. Tottenham defender Michael Dawson slipped on the Wembley surface and French striker Frederic Piquionne broke through and scored.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, a former Tottenham midfielder, added the second from the penalty spot with three minutes remaining after Honduran Wilson Palacios fouled Aruna Dindane.

In one of the many bizarre aspects of Portsmouth's season, Sunday's game will have been the last Dindane  may have played for Pompey. If he plays another game, that will trigger a clause in Portsmouth's deal with French club Lens, requiring it to pay $6 million when Dindane has played his 22nd game for Portsmouth.

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant saved the Ivorian international for the Spurs game. Dindane had not played in almost a month.



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