Tottenham Hotspur vs Brentford

Tottenham progress to the Carabao Cup Final, after a 2-0 victory against a 10-man Brentford.

Following a successful weekend win against Leeds United, Spurs faced Championship side Brentford in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup – who had beaten four Premier League teams to reach this stage in the competition.

Jose Mourinho set out on reaching the fifth League Cup final of his career and named a strong side to face the West London outfit.

Sergio Reguilon replaced Ben Davies at left-back, despite recently being fined along with Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso for attending a party during Covid restrictions.

Serge Aurier returned to the squad, replacing Matt Doherty who was suspended during the Leeds game.

And Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura were swapped in for Harry Winks and Steven Bergwijn.

Thomas Frank also fielded his strongest possible side, with the only change from their win at the end of 2020 against Bournemouth, being Mads Bech Sorensen for club captain Pontus Jansson.

This fixture was the 28th game of the season for both clubs.

The away side began the game and were quickly dispossessed by Mourinho’s men, who rushed forward and earned a corner in the first minute of the game, but it led to nothing.

Despite the early chance, Brentford were dominant on the ball for the first 10 minutes of the game, however, were not able to create any chances.

In the 12th minute, Sergio Reguilon surged down the left-hand side of the field and whipped in a dangerous cross, which was met by the head of Moussa Sissoko – who was unmarked in the area.

His guided header nestled the top right corner, beating Spanish goalkeeper David Raya in the Brentford goal, putting Tottenham into the lead.

A great start for the Premier League side, and his first goal since December of 2019.

The Bees now faced an uphill battle in an already tough game.

Following the restart, Spurs were fast to regain possession once again and the front three of Kane, Son and Lucas all linked up, but the shot from Heung-Min Son was palmed away by the Brentford keeper.

The home side had the majority of possession throughout the first half and chances for Frank’s men were rare.

Their best opportunity came from French Winger Bryan Mbeumo cutting inside past Reguilon and whipping a cross towards Championship’s joint top scorer Ivan Toney.

Toney was unable to properly connect with the header though, as he was finely marshalled by Davinson Sanchez, causing an easy catch for Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

Shortly after, in the 38th minute, a Brentford cross was cleared only to the feet of midfielder Josh Dasilva, who drilled a shot towards goal.

To the surprise of many, the Asian international Player of the Year, Heung-Min Son dived into the path of the strike and blocked the shot.

The resulting counter-attack earned Spurs a corner, which was almost headed into the net by Ivan Toney, but his teammate in goal clawed the ball away, saving him from embarrassment.

Jose Mourinho’s side began the second half looking to continue their first half display.

However, the team in black had other ideas.

Sergi Canos cut inside for a shot on the edge of the area, which was headed clear by Eric Dier early after the interval.

Moments later, Mbeumo got the better of Davinson Sanchez on the right-hand side of the area and powered into the box, playing a ball to Toney.

It looked as if Brentford were going to equalise but Serge Aurier put his body on the line to keep his side in the lead.

These chances proved to wake up Tottenham up, and the roles reversed, with Spurs beginning to pile on pressure.

In the 50th minute, Aurier cut through the Brentford defence, but the Ivorian fired over from close range.

Nine minutes later, goal scorer Moussa Sissoko retrieved the ball from Vitaly Janelt and crossed the ball to Son, who volleyed just wide of the post.

Although the leading team came close, Thomas Frank’s promotion pushers were relentless.

Centre Back Sorensen took a long throw-in which troubled Spurs and had to be poked out for a corner by Reguilon.

Even more so, the resulting set piece caught out the team in white.

Ethan Pinnock headed the ball over Hugo Lloris who could only get his fingertips on the ball, and it fell kindly to Brentford’s number 17, Toney, for an easy headed goal.

Unfortunately for the Championship side, VAR ruled the goal offside by a very thin margin.

This proved to be the start of three devastating blows for football league club.

In the 70th minute, a Reguilon tackle fell to Hojbjerg who began a counter-attack for his team.

Harry Kane played the ball to Ndombele who found Son, who was bursting through the Brentford defence.

The Korean was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, in a situation he cherishes, and the second blow was given to the away team.

Spurs’ number seven blasted the ball into the top left corner and put his side 2-0 up.

With 20 minutes left to play, the Lilywhites had most of the chances, but none came close to beating the keeper.

Five minutes from time, Josh Dasilva was closed down by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, with the latter falling to the ground in pain.

Referee Mike Dean continued play but was urged to revisit the incident.

After checking the pitch side monitor, Dean brandished a red card to the former Arsenal midfielder Dasilva.

Replays showed that the the 22-year-old caught the shin of Hojbjerg and after being treated, the Danish International had a bloody wound on his leg and was very angry, resulting in his manager substituting him.

This proved to be the final blow for Brentford.

The game finished 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur, which sees them in their first final under Jose Mourinho.

Overall, it was a fantastic result for Spurs, as they pursue their first trophy in 13 years.

They will either face Manchester City or Manchester United in April at Wembley Stadium.

Their next fixture is on Sunday in the FA Cup, against the lowest ranked side still in the competition, Marine AFC.

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