Tottenham Hotspur were toiling at home against Burnley, stuck in a scoreless draw with just under half and hour to go at Wembley.
Yet just when Spurs needed him most, Christian Eriksen entered the fray thanks to an inspired substitution from Mauricio Pochettino, eventually winning a vital three points for his club in extra time.
For much of the opening hour, Tottenham had laboured outside Burnley’s penalty area, desperate to find an opening, but struggling to break down the Clarets.
Although Sean Dyche’s side entered the match with an abysmal defensive record, Burnley frustrated Tottenham at every opportunity by packing men behind the ball and denying Spurs space in the attacking third.
Pochettino correctly identified the issue and introduced his Danish playmaker into the match, a move that paid off in the sweetest of fashions in the 91st minute. Eriksen was found brilliantly by Harry Kane, and the midfielder coolly swept home at Joe Hart’s near post to win the match for Spurs.
The goal ensured that Tottenham maintained their momentum after advancing into the Champions League knockout stages in midweek, and the victory was thanks to Mauricio Pochettino’s astute substitution of Christian Eriksen.