Tottenham Hotspur are in the League Cup final! Spurs faced a resilient Brentford team that are racing up the table in the Championship today at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but despite a couple of scary moments they got the job done. Spurs got a first half goal from none other than Moussa Sissoko, and Son Heung-Min added a second goal midway through the second half as Spurs punched their ticket to their first cup final since 2015.
A domestic cup semifinal deserves a strong lineup, and that’s exactly what Jose Mourinho put on the pitch for Tottenham. While there was some rotation — Davinson Sanchez started in place of Toby Alderweireld and Lucas Moura for Steven Bergwijn — it was otherwise Tottenham’s current first choice lineup. Hugo Lloris was between the sticks, Serge Aurier and Sergio Reguilon started at fullback, with a midfield trio of Pierre Hojbjerg, Moussa Sissoko, and Tanguy Ndombele. Lucas, Son Heung-Min, and Harry Kane formed the front line.
5’ — Brentford is looking progressive and bright right from the opening kick. No shots yet but they’ve had a couple of nice runs forward into space that have been dealt with defensively.
12’ — GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLL!!! And it’s the most unlikely of goal-scorers — Moussa Sissoko! Sergio Reguilon put in an incredible cross from the left and Sissoko was left unmarked to head the ball into the top corner! 1-0 to Spurs!
14’ — Yellow card to Brentford’s Canos for pulling back Reguilon as he tried to progress the ball.
15’ — Sonny nearly makes it two! Lucas fed Son at the top of the box but his shot is well saved by a diving Raya, Brentford’s keeper.
19’ — Ndombele is down hurt after he got kicked in the ankle. Looked bad, but he’s up and walking, rejoins the match.
35 — Ooooh, nearly an equalizer for Brentford. Toney got only a glancing header in the box and put his chance just over the bar.
40’ — CLOSE! Sonny puts a ball into the box, and Lucas gets a head to it but it pings off the crossbar.
HALFTIME — A good half from Spurs against a solid opponent. They have the lead and are good for it, but Brentford are showing flashes of danger. This is not a team you want to sit back and defend a lead against [side-eyes Mourinho].
No subs for either side as we start the second half.
49’ — Brentford with their best chance of the match. Davinson Sanchez got skinned on the left side but Serge Aurier went to ground to make an absolutely massive block on a shot from Toney. Just seconds later Serge has a go with a shot from close range and somehow puts it over the bar.
53’ — Yellow card to Sergio Reguilon for a hard challenge.
60’ — Close again! Sissoko with a good cross in the box. Son’s wide open and tries to half-volley it into goal and it goes just wide of the post. That would’ve been a spectacular finish.
63’ — Brentford’s Toney bundles a goal in the back of the net, but there’s a VAR check... and Mike Dean rules it out! Very very close, but Toney’s knee is ruled to be inches offside before he headed it in the net. No goal! Whew!
69’ — GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! IT’S SON HEUNG-MIN! Vintage Spurs counterattack. Hojbjerg feeds Ndombele in the center of the pitch, and he puts a through ball to a streaking Sonny who hammers the ball past the keeper! 2-0 Spurs!
70’ — Double sub for Spurs as Harry Winks comes on for Lucas Moura and Ben Davies replaces Sergio Reguilon.
74’ — Kane has a lovely shot parried away by Raya. That would’ve been a great goal. Double sub for Brentford as Marcondes and Fosu come on for Janelt and Canos.
76’ — Spurs want more! This time it’s Ndombele with a nifty bit of skill in the box and plonks a shot off the post from an acute angle.
80’ — Brentford sub: Forss on for Mbeumo.
84’ — RED CARD FOR BRENTFORD! Josh Dasilva is sent off for stepping on Hojbjerg’s ankle during a midfield challenge. It looked like it hurt, VAR had a look, and Mike Dean went to the monitor before pulling out the red. Hojbjerg is bleeding but looks like he’ll be okay. Japhet Tanganga comes on for Hojbjerg... as a defensive midfielder!
89’ — Sub for Spurs as Sonny makes way for Carlos Vinicius in mop-up time.
95’ — Harry Kane has a try from the top of the box and puts it high. Alas.
FULL TIME! Spurrrrrrrs are on their way to Wem-bley! Tottenham’s gonna do it again! They can’t stop us, the boys from Tott’nam, the boys from White Hart Lane!
- I’ll repeat: Tottenham Hotspur are in a cup final!
- Moussa Sissoko: GOAT, but unironically. That was a hell of a match from him and he looked like he was having fun.
- Brentford are super fun and I enjoyed watching them. Ivan Toney is a good player an apparently Spurs thought about signing him as a Kane backup this summer before the Vinicius loan.
- Credit to Spurs who didn’t sit back and try to protect a 1-0 lead. They were pushed by a decent Championship team, but still showed that they’re a better side.
- Mike Dean sure does live for these kinds of cup semifinals, doesn’t he? A VAR-assisted goal wave-off and a red card on Dasilva. Both were the correct calls, and Brentford fans will be sad about both of them, but yeah, it would be Dean to make those calls, wouldn’t it?
- I am extremely Japhet Tanganga as defensive midfielder curious.
- The final, against either Manchester City or Manchester United, will take place in April after the final was pushed back in hopes that there would be fans in the stadium.