Watch Crawley hero Tsaroulla break down in interview as he celebrates knocking Leeds out of Cup after car crash hell

CRAWLEY’s giantkilling hero Nick Tsaroulla broke down in tears live on TV after scoring to help dump Leeds out of the FA Cup.

The Cyprus Under-21s defender was released by Spurs in 2018 after a terrible car crash kept him out for an entire YEAR.

Nick Tsaroulla was tearful in his post-match interviewCredit: BBC

Tsaroulla smashed home his first ever senior goal against LeedsCredit: Alamy Live News

And he struggled to contain his emotions after setting the League Two outfit on their way to a 3-0 win against Marcelo Bielsa’s Prem side with his first ever senior goal.

Tsaroulla’s sharp turn led to a mazy run forward that caught everyone by surprise.

The 21-year-old fired a great left-footed strike past Kiko Casilla to put the Cupset on the cards in the 50th minute.

Immediately after the game, he told BBC Sport: “Yeah [I enjoyed that], I’m buzzing.

“What a team performance that was – I’m over the moon. I’m not sure [what was going through my head when I had the ball].

“I kind of just lost myself in the moment there.

“It has been a long, hard road for me and it’s a great moment. I’m really proud.”

As his voice started to break, Tsaroulla added: “I’m getting a bit emotional now, um… It has been a tough road and it means a lot, that win.”


Tsaroulla celebrates breaking the deadlock in the FA Cup third-round tieCredit: Rex Features

Bristol-born Tsaroulla was shown the door at White Hart Lane having joined the club as a 12-year-old and also went on to be released by Brentford B before penning a deal at Crawley last year.

Former Spurs midfielder and pundit Jermaine Jenas loved the emotion Tsaroulla showed after his hellish football journey.

Jenas said: “It was really nice [the emotion]. You tend to forget at times, the journeys a lot of these players are going through.

“When you actually physically see somebody almost break down mid-interview because of that journey they’ve been on.

“Moments like today, that goal that he scored – it’s so special to him and hopefully something that can give him a load of confidence moving forward in his career now.”

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