- Attendance 59,016
Spurs travel across North London to take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
League Cup: Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Within two minutes a dangerous home corner was flicked on and almost turned in at the far post by Aubameyang.
A cheeky nutmeg by Trippier was well received in front of the Spurs fans.
A thrust down the Spurs right ended with Ramsey firing close but wide across the goal with Gazziniga at full stretch.
A fluent Spurs move down the right led to the ball being laid to Eriksen in his favoured goal scoring position but on this occasion shot wide.
Mkhitaeyan split the Spurs defence to be through one on one but was denied by a fine save from Gazzaniga. It should have been 1-0….
Spurs had a measured control of possession with Eriksen trying a long range shot over. A great through ball by Dele put Son clean through. He steadied himself and showed good composure to bury his shot into the Arsenal net.
Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur!!!!
Aubameyang tried to respond but fired wide. Danny Rose meanwhile endeared himself to the away fans with a series of well timed and robust challenges.
A tremendous last ditch challenge by Moura led to a high speed counter attack but sadly as good as his general play has been this season, the last player it needed to fall to was Sissoko who blazed over.
A quite dreadful tackle on Dele from behind went unpunished with the referee choosing to play advantage. Possession was almost immediately lost but the referee didn’t pull play back…when play eventually stopped, the referee went to speak with the defender but amazingly didn’t show a yellow card.
In the closing minutes of the half, a comedy of errors worthy of any pantomime season started with a poor volleyed back pass by Rose. Gazzaniga under pressure initially looked composed but dwelled on the ball too long and his clearance was charged down.
With the keeper out of his goal Davies running back towards his own goal didn’t get a clean header and the ball fell into the path of an incoming striker who completed the farcical sequence by miskicking his pass and the ball was finally cleared.
Gazzaniga redeemed himself moments later with an excellent save by his near post. He then came for a header but was a long way from the ball which was headed back across goal and fortunately wide of the far post.
The half time whistle blew with Spurs slender lead in tact.
The feeling was that one goal wouldn’t be enough though. Arsenal had created enough chances to score and surely would do in the second half.
The second half started with the referee desperate to keep play moving. Son was almost rugby tackled to the floor… Not sure how much advantage there is to a team on the break with a striker on the ground… The match cried out for the rugby advantage rule to be adopted.
Spurs defended well and frequently crowded out the man in possession whilst looking threatening on the break.
Eriksen brought a diving save from a free kick earned by Rose.
A lovely one two between Son and Eriksen released Son but his cross was saved by Cech with the goal gaping for Moura.
With a little over half an hour to go Kane replaced Moura who had taken some punishment at the hands of the home side.
Kane’s first involvement was pivotal… a delightful lobbed through ball which put Dele through. His first touch to control the pass was exquisite, his second touch sublime as he shot passed Cech to score!!!
Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur!!!
The home side came back strongly down the left and the cross was played against the post and out for a goal kick.
Then from the away end what seemed a harmless cross bounced back off the crossbar… it was that sort of night!
With eight minutes to go and a fire drill seemingly having been called in the home section, Kane won a ball he had no right to win, ran down the left crossed and with Sissoko running free Eriksen elected to shoot and stung Cech’s hands for a corner. The feeling was any one else overlapping and Eriksen would have passed!
Danny Rose went on a buccaneering run which carried him all the way to the byline but he couldn’t get his cross in.
In added time Dele tried to apply the proverbial cherry on the cake but his header went over the bar.
The home section looked as full as for a Europa League game – about 58,000 ?.
Let’s hope Dele doesn’t have any repercussions for reacting to what looked like a bottle being thrown against the back of his head and won’t bring any form of punishment for him.. his two nil sign to the idiot who threw the bottle only heaped more mockery on the home support who endured a wide range of songs in the closing stages.. Jingle Bells, the quality of their team, Thursday nights, getting their team back and and and.
It was a special night ?.
Spurs strode into the semi finals and enjoyed their celebrations in front of their adoring fans.
So old rivalries renewed with a two legged semi final against Chelsea who may not relish the tie as much as this rapidly maturing Spurs side.