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The dream for Marine lasted more than 20 minutes – before it turned into a nightmare.
That was when Jose Mourinho's boys from Brazil got involved to make sure Tottenham avoided what would have been one of the biggest upsets in sporting history.
A hat-trick from Carlos Vinicius and fourth from Lucas Moura before half time ensured there would be no FA Cup fairytale on Merseyside in this surreal third round encounter.
This was the biggest mismatch in the competition's history.
Eight time winners against eighth tier minnows. Bin men, teachers and NHS workers against multi-millionaire idols with more than 400 international caps between them in the squad.
Marine had come within five minutes of losing to Barnoldswick in the preliminary round, when the prize money would have been just £400.
Instead, the non-league outfit have around £500,000 to look forward to from various sources, including selling more than 30,000 virtual tickets for the biggest game they'd ever had.
Spurs' last game was a win over Brentford to reach the Carabao Cup final, while Marine's came on Boxing Day in the league against the City of Liverpool.
Mourinho made nine changes but there were still a host of superstar names for local residents to gawp at through the windows of their houses overlooking the ground.
Spurs included four players who were involved in the Champions League final against Liverpool in 2019, while Dele Alli had graced a World Cup semi final with England.
Gareth Bale, earning £600,000-a-week during his loan spell with Spurs, was among substitutes that also included record £65m signing Tanguy Ndombele. They all had temporary chairs to sit on next to the dugout.
Those locals not lucky enough to have a house next to the stadium had decided to congregate outside on College Road to greet both teams.
More than 1,500 excited residents brought the place to a standstill as FA Cup fever gripped the coastal town. Crosby hadn't known this much attention since sculptor Antony Gormley stuck 100 cast irons statues on the nearby beach.
Mourinho had given his team talk in Marine's Arriva Suite function room (complete with a bar) and whatever he said it seemed to have the desired effect.
The difference in class was evident from the start, but with Marine holding firm after 15 minutes one club director decided the visitors were not all they were cracked up to be and shouted 'come on Marine, this lot are s***e'.
He might have had a point considering minutes later the home side almost took the lead when Neil Kengni broke clear with a blistering turn of pace and unleashed a 30-yard piledriver that beat Joe Hart all ends up, but smashed against the crossbar.
Sadly it would prove to be the highlight of the night for Neil Young's amateurs.
In a flash, Spurs blitzed their opponents with four goals in 14 first half minutes to bring an end to the romance.
Vinicius, who opened the scoring on 24 minutes, helped himself to three while Moura added another with a sublime free kick.
An absolute rout was on the cards, but Spurs' fifth goal didn't come until the hour mark when 16-year-old Alfie Devine beat Passant with a low drive to send Spurs cruising into the next round and Marine, beaten but not disgraced, contemplating life returning to normal again.
- Tottenham Hotspur FC
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