Tottenham are in the Carabao Cup semi-final after overcoming a frenetic and exciting London derby with West Ham 2-1, in a match scored by three goals in five minutes of the first half, and in the next round they will meet Antonio’s former team Conte, Chelsea. .
Tackles flew by both sides in the opening rallies, but it was Tottenham who took the lead just before the half hour when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg entered the box with a brace on Steven Bergwijn before finding the back again. Dutch to convert from close range (29).
That goal sparked a wild pass of the game, with Hugo Lloris flipping his bar twice before Eric Dier’s early Christmas present allowed Jarrod Bowen to spin and dart in a quick response (32) – but few Moments after the Hammers celebrations, Spurs were back in front when Lucas Moura slipped in (34) after a nice dribble from Bergwijn.
Sergio Reguilon may have hindered Alphonse Areola’s vision from offside position for that goal, but with no VAR in operation and no flag raised, the Spurs were back in control.
The intensity continued after the break, with Lloris denying Bowen in the box before referee Chris Kavanagh rightly dismissed penalty appeals at both ends when Harrison Ashby was knocked down by a fair challenge from Reguilon and the Matt Doherty’s cross hit Arthur Masuaku’s chest before his arm.
West Ham threw everything against their neighbors in the final stages, with sub Said Benrahma showing a series of shots on goal and goalkeeper Areola on a corner kick to the last breath, but could not find a second draw and Conte celebrated with passion full-time as his Spurs side clinched a spot in the final four, where they meet his old club Chelsea.
That semi-final will take place next month, with the first leg in the week of January 3 and the second in the week of January 10, with the winners facing Arsenal or Liverpool.
Carabao Cup semi-final draw
How did it happen…
This pre-Christmas London derby got off to a fairly hectic start, with Bergwijn’s deflected shot flying out and Declan Rice’s free-kick flying over the crossbar before Harry Kane forced Areola to reject his left-footed shot after a super pass from Lucas. .
- Tottenham make six changes, with Matt Doherty replacing Emerson Royal, Sergio Reguilon replacing the injured Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replacing Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele in midfield, while Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn are took over from Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli.
- West Ham made four changes with Alphonse Areola taking gloves from Lukasz Fabianski, young Harrison Ashby in place of suspended Vlad Coufal, Ben Johnson returning from injury to replace Pablo Fornals and Nikola Vlasic in place of Michail Antonio , which tested positive for COVID
The visitors were putting Lloris under pressure, forcing the Frenchman to repeatedly hit the ball outside his six-yard area, but Tottenham made the leap when West Ham gave up possession in their own half.
Kane saw a blocked shot, but Hojbjerg kept the move alive and quickly joined Bergwijn for the striker who scored his first goal of the season.
West Ham’s response was impressive, with two headers from Tomas Soucek putting Lloris to the test before Craig Dawson headed towards him when he looked ready to nod.
Dier then gave them some unfortunate help, with his meager pass out from defense that went straight to Soucek and when Nikola Vlasic found Bowen in the box the result seemed inevitable, with Dier punished.
However, the Spurs showed determination and Bergwijn’s torturous dribble behind Manuel Lanzini allowed Lucas to squeeze in a second to the delight of the home crowd. Those celebrations may have been curtailed had the VAR been in use, but Reguilon escaped any offside punishment for getting between Lucas and the keeper as the shot came.
The pace remained frenetic after the interval, with Ben Johnson blocking Bergwijn before Lloris rushed off his line to stop Bowen in the box. There were penalty appeals dismissed at both ends, but the chances dwindled increasingly in favor of West Ham, with the sub Benrahma repeatedly pulling the trigger.
He and his teammates couldn’t find a way out – even with Areola causing havoc on a last-minute corner kick – and at the final whistle it was the home team celebrating a spot. in the semifinals, with the ambition to go one better than last year still on.
What the managers said:
Tottenham coach Antonio Conte: “The performance was good, we tried to control the game. I liked the way we moved the ball and attacked the goal with a lot of players. In the second half we started playing a little COVID situations because many players today I had COVID and in a moment the intensity suffered and I made some substitutions.
“I had a fantastic season at Chelsea and I had a lot of fun there. But now I am the manager of Tottenham and I am ready to give everything for this club. In England, winning a trophy is very, very difficult. Now we will see.”
West Ham Chief David Moyes: “I thought it was a good performance. A couple of defensive mistakes in the first half gave Tottenham some relatively easy goals. But I don’t think our commitment and determination can be questioned. Lots of good things for us. . I may not blame the players at all. When you win at Old Trafford and beat Manchester City on penalties you think this could be our year. “
The calendar of the Carabao Cup 2021/22 …
- Semi-finals: 4/5 January and 11/12
- Final: February 27th
Tottenham return home on Boxing Day to face Crystal Palace at 3pm, while West Ham host Southampton at the same time.