Spurs edged closer to ending their 13 year wait for major silverware by beating Brentford 2-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Jose Mourinho’s side took the lead after just 12 minutes when French midfielder Moussa Sissoko ghosted into the area unmarked and headed home a perfectly weighted cross from Sergio Reguillon.
Brentford came into the game on a 16 game unbeaten run in the Championship, but Spurs kept them at arm’s length throughout the opening period and had keeper David Raya to thank for keeping the score at 1-0, the Spaniard acrobatically stopping Ivan Toney’s header from a corner from ending up as an own goal.
The Bees certainly started the second half in a much sharper fashion and only a superb Serge Aurier block in the 50th minute prevented Toney from tapping home from a few yards out.
Brentford’s top scorer then saw a close-range header ruled out by VAR for an offside, although it seemed to offer further evidence that the visitors were warming to the task.
However, with 20 minutes left on the clock Spurs would find that killer second goal via in-form attacker, Son Heung-Min. The South Korean fired a clinical finish into the roof of the net after being expertly slipped through by Tanguy Ndombele.
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Things would then go from bad to worse for Thomas Frank’s side when Josh Da Silva was shown red for a horror lunge on Spurs midfielder Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.
Speaking afterwards Spurs centre-back Eric Dier was delighted with his sides showing and revealed that he and his teammates will do everything they can to get their hands on some silverware.
“Really happy with the performance,” Dier told Sky Sports.
”I think we had control throughout the game against a very good side. It’s not surprising they have got this far in the competition but we made sure we were right in every way.
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“In a cup competition, if you’re losing, you’ve got to chase the game but I think they play very open football, so we did well to manage that and when we got our chances we took them.
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve been wanting to lift trophies that motivation hasn’t changed. Some of the boys have been here a long time and desperate to win trophies.
“Everyone is aware it’s been a long time, so I just think we are trying to win. It’s fantastic to be in a final. There’s a lot of football to be played but it’s nice to take the opportunity to be in the first final possible.
The final of the Carabao Cup will not take place until April 26th where Spurs will face either Man United or Man City, with the Manchester rivals set to face off at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.