Folarin Balogun played 45 minutes as a substitute for Middlesbrough as they knocked Spurs out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

Folarin Balogun (r) celebrates with Middlesbrough (Photo via Boro on Twitter)
Folarin Balogun (r) celebrates with Middlesbrough (Photo via Boro on Twitter)

Having already visited Old Trafford in the previous round, Folarin Balogun saw his loan side drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup Round-of-16.

This time, the team were playing at home, and Balogun started the match on the bench. But with the scores still level at 0-0 in the 75th minute, Chris Wilder elected to introduce the Arsenal loan striker.

Balogun had a productive 45 minutes (including extra time). He went closest to a goal involvement in the dying minutes as his driven ball across the six-yard box only narrowly eluded a teammate. Any touch would have sent it into the net.

Other than that, Balogun had a header on target saved by Hugo Lloris, and he had one more shot that he just didn’t quite keep down.

But the moment that went viral on social media was Balogun’s dribble past Spurs summer signing Cristian Romero, as he drew the defender in only to escape past him.

Winning three of his four ground duels and completing 83% of his passes, it was a solid display from the Arsenal man.

The main thing is that Middlesbrough ended up on the winning side, just as they did against Manchester United.

Manchester United's French defender Raphael Varane (L) vies with Middlesbrough's English striker Folarin Balogun (R) during the English FA Cup fourth-round football match between Manchester United and Middlesbrough at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY / AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United’s French defender Raphael Varane (L) vies with Middlesbrough’s English striker Folarin Balogun (R) during the English FA Cup fourth-round football match between Manchester United and Middlesbrough at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY / AFP via Getty Images)

Middlesbrough are back in action on Saturday against Luton Town, so that will be Balogun’s next opportunity to impress.

Before that, the FA Cup quarter-final draw takes place at 7:45pm GMT on Thursday, 3rd March.

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