Wembley way beckons for Rafa
Rafa van der Vaart's Wembley dream has become reality - and he admitted he’s never been so happy to see a first goal hit the net as he was in Tuesday night’s win against Bolton.
The Dutch star has never played at Wembley and missed out again as recently as February when injury ruled him out of his country’s friendly against England.
But now he’s there after our thrilling 3-1 win against Bolton set-up a classic FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at the national stadium on Sunday, April 15.
Rafa played his part as we completely dominated against the Trotters but we had to agonisingly wait until the 75th minute to find that precious opening goal.
Up to then, we’d been denied by an incredible performance from Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who made save after save to keep us at bay.
When he was beaten, the woodwork came to Bolton's rescue as Rafa’s free-kick crashed back off the crossbar.
It looked like it might be one of those nights but the goal finally arrived as Ryan Nelsen headed home Rafa’s corner for that crucial opener. Gareth Bale soon made it 2-0 and after Kevin Davies replied, Louis Saha wrapped it up with the last kick of the game.
“I spoke to the other guys and I can’t remember being so happy to score a first goal, and it wasn’t even me that scored!” beamed Rafa.
“At certain points you are thinking ‘please, go in’, but after the first goal you saw the relief and that we were going to win the game.
“It was a great victory and we played some fantastic football, how a Tottenham team is supposed to play.
“It’s always been a dream to play at Wembley and now we are there.
“It’s a great semi-final against Chelsea, plus Liverpool against Everton, so for Spurs fans and football fans everywhere it will be a fantastic day.”