Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Brentford
Tottenham Hotspur comfortably saw off Sky Bet Championship outfit, Brentford, to book a Carabao Cup final date with either Manchester City or United thanks to goals from Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son.
Jose Mourinho made four changes to the side which had seen off Leeds United by three unanswered goals at the turn of the year. Notably, Sergio Reguilon returned as Spurs lined up against an impressive Bees side under the guidance of Thomas Frank and unbeaten since October.
Nevertheless, heeding their managers’ words on the importance of the tie it was Spurs who made the early breakthrough. Sissoko firmly heading Reguilon’s pinpoint centre high beyond Bees stopper, David Raya.
Raya sprung low to his left to deny Heung-Min Son a swift second as the North Londoners looked to stamp their authority across the early exchanges. Brentford regrouped and were neat and tidy, but the Championship side lacked creativity in the final third. Son put his body on the line to deny Bryan Mbeumo a sight of goal. Meanwhile, Spurs again went close – Raya producing a wonderful save to keep out Lucas Moura’s goal-bound header following Son’s troublesome flag-kick.
Serge Aurier’s timely intervention thwarted Ivan Toney as Brentford came strong immediately after the restart. Seconds later, Aurier was in the thick of the action at the other end, passing up a decent opportunity to put the tie to bed after cutting in from the right.
Son was a whisker away – meeting Sissoko’s cross with a crisp volley which whistled the wrong side of an upright. But having hung in the game, Brentford visibly grew. Toney’s close-range header was ruled out following a lengthy VAR-check – the tightest of margins sparing the Lilywhites blushes.
But having received the wake-up call, Spurs set about finishing the job. Kane and Tanguy Ndombele combined to send Son away – the emphatic finish never really in doubt as the South Korean bore down on goal.
Brentford’s race was run. Undoubtedly, they will feature as the race for a Premier League place hots up. Meanwhile, Raya denied Kane with his feet, while Ndombele hit the outside of an upright from an acute angle, although it must be said, this was far from a damage-limitation exercise for the West Londoners.
Nevertheless, the Bees evening degenerated a little further when Josh Dasilva saw red for a reckless challenge on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – The Spurs man leaving the field with a nasty gash to his shin.
Tottenham Hotspur now turn their attention to the Emirates FA Cup where they will face Northern Premier League Division One North West outfit, Marine FC at Rossett Park on Sunday, January 10 (5pm).
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris (Capt), Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon (Ben Davies 71’), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Japhet Tanganga 86’), Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele, Lucas Moura (Harry Winks 71’), Heung-Min Son (Carlos Vinicius 89’), Harry Kane Subs not used: Joe Hart (GK), Toby Aldereireld, Harvey White, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn
Booked: Sergio Reguilon (foul)
Goals: Moussa Sissoko 11’, Heung-Min Son 70’
Brentford: David Raya Martin, Henrik Dalsgaard, Ethan Pinnock, Mads Bech Sorensen, Rico Henry, Vitaly Janelt (Emiliano Marcondes 74’), Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen, Bryan Mbeumo (Marcus Forss 81’), Sergi Canos (Tariqe Fosu-Henry 74’), Ivan Toney Subs not used: Luke Daniels (GK), Saman Ghoddos, Mads Roersley Rasmussen, Finley Stevens, Alex Gilbert, Maxwell Haygarth
Booked: Vitaly Janelt (foul), Henrik Dalsgaard (foul), Bryan Mbeumo (foul)
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Lee Mason
Video Assistant Referee: Peter Bankes