Spurs are on their way to Wembley!
Sissoko and Son on target as Tottenham beat Championship side Brentford 2-0 to book their place in the Carabao Cup final
05 January, 2021 — By Dan Carrier
Carabao Cup Semi-Final
SPURS 2 (Sissoko 12, Son 70)
BRENTFORD 0 (Da Silva sent off 84)
SPURS have booked a spring trip to Wembley in the Carabao Cup final after overcoming Championship high-flyers Brentford 2-0 at home tonight (Tuesday).
A rare goal – just his third in Tottenham colours – from Moussa Sissoko on 12 minutes set Spurs on their way, before Heung-Min Son sealed a trip up the North Circular in late April for Jose Mourinho’s team.
Man-of-the-match Sissoko said afterwards: “It was good to get the early goal. We managed the game well and controlled it, then we got that second goal and we deserved it. The Tottenham fans will be happy tonight.”
Brentford had started with ambition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, determined to take the game to their opponents, and in the opening stages showed why they were worthy of a semi-final place.
They had beaten four Premier League teams – Southampton, West Brom, Fulham and Newcastle –to reach the final four, and showed bravery in trying to go toe-to-toe with the Mourinho’s much-fancied favourites.
Bees’ forward Ivan Toney indulged in a physical battle with Eric Dier, while Brentford’s midfield weren’t afraid to get amongst Spurs and ruffle some feathers.
But with Tottenham’s quality, it was always going to be dangerous to try and take the game to them – and after weathering a bit of early Brentford pressure, the home side settled and conjured up the opener via an unlikely source.
Sergio Reguilon popped an inch-perfect cross in between the two Brentford centre-backs – and Sissoko was on hand to meet the ball and guide a header home.
Early in the second half the visitors thought they had equalised when a header from Toney beat Hugo Lloris, but VAR ruled it was offside.
Spurs continued to keep their shape, and the disallowed goal spurred them on to get the vital second. Seven minutes later, a clever move by the industrious Tanguy Ndombele saw the midfielder slot the ball into Son’s path, and his pace took him clear and he made no mistake with his finish.
Brentford did all they could to get back into it, but their nerves were frayed as Spurs held on to the ball, leading to frustrations: Josh Da Silva given his marching orders by referee Mike Dean for a terrible, late foul on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The Spurs midfielder was substituted with a nasty gash on his shin, and expressed anger at the challenge that ended his contribution.
So Spurs are through to the League Cup final, with one of the Manchester clubs to beat to lift their first piece of silverware since 2008.
Mourinho said he had come to win trophies – now, in his first full season, he has the chance to make good on that pledge.
Spurs: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon (Davies, 71), Hojbjerg (Tanganga, 86), Sissoko, Moura (Winks, 71), Ndombele, Son (Vinicius, 89), Kane
Substitutes not used: Hart, Alderweireld, Bergwijn, Alli, White
Brentford: Raya, Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Sorensen, Henry, Da Silva (sent off, 84), Janelt (Marcondes, 74), Jensen, Mbeumo (Forss, 81), Toney, Canos (Fosu-Henry, 74)
Substitutes not used: Haygarth, Ghoddos, Daniels, Rasmussen, Stevens, Gilbert