Tottenham defeat Brentford 2-0 to reach England’s League Cup final
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko clinched a 2-0 victory for their team over Brentford in England’s League Cup on Tuesday, setting up a clash with the winner of the second semi-final in April's showpiece.
But Tottenham will have to wait 110 days before contesting the final against either of the Manchester clubs, with City playing United in the other semifinal on Wednesday.
The EFL Cup, referred to historically, and colloquially, as the League Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football.
Second-division team Brentford knocked out four Premier League sides to reach the semifinals, but gifted Tottenham an opening goal in the 12th minute when Sissoko was left unmarked for a header.
But Tottenham took until the 70th minute to extend its lead when Son lifted the ball into the net after Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele combined for the breakaway.
Brentford had been denied an equalizer when a VAR review spotted — through a forensic examination of footage — that Ivan Toney was marginally offside with his knee before scoring.
The west London club finished with 10 men after Josh Dasilva’s high studs-up challenge left Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with a gash on his left shin.
This semifinal was the first game since the start of England’s third lockdown on Tuesday, with the toughest laws since those imposed in early stage of the pandemic last March when even professional sport was prohibited.
The League Cup is the only trophy Tottenham has won — also in 1999 — since lifting the FA Cup in 1991. The north London side reached the 2019 Champions League final but lost to Liverpool and later in the year Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager.