Tuesday, December 7

Tottenham beat Brentford to reach the Carabao Cup final after Son Sella’s victory | Football

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Son.Heung-min.had.no.time.for.the.romance.of.the.Brentford.story…The.championship.club.had.never.played.a.major.semi-final.in.its.132-year.history,.but.they.thought.they.had.the.springboard.to.victory.midway.through.the.second.half.

Ivan.Toney.had.headed.home.from.goal.point-blank.for.what.he.thought.was.a.goal.to.nullify.Moussa.Sissoko’s.header.in.the.12th.minute..Brentford.apparently.had.a.jolt.of.momentum…And.then.they.didn’t.

Most.people.had.forgotten.that.VAR.was.in.use.for.this.Carabao.Cup.semi-final…It.had.not.previously.appeared.in.the.competition…But.he.got.going.to.detect.that.Toney.was.slightly.ahead.of.the.last.Tottenham.defender…It.was.a.blow.to.the.body.for.Brentford.and.Son.was.quick.to.twist.the.knife.

It.was.a.typically.cutting.run.from.the.Spurs.forward.on.a.pass.from.Tanguy.Double,.and.when.he.shrugged.off.Henrik.Dalsgaard’s.challenge,.everyone.knew.what.would.happen.next…The.finish.was.fresh.and.precise,.Brentford.was.crushed,.en.route.to.a.first.loss.in.17.games,.and.Spurs.could.begin.to.look.forward.to.a.final.against.one.of.Manchester’s.clubs.on.April.25.

Josh.Dasilva.from.Brentford.received.a.late.red.card,.also.following.a.VAR.intervention…His.tackle.left.Pierre-Emile.Højbjerg.with.a.long.cut.on.his.shin,.but.the.midfielder.and.Spurs.won’t.mind.the.scars.from.the.battle.

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….Tottenham’s.Pierre-Emile.Højbjerg.reacts.after.being.fouled.by.Josh.Dasilva,.who.was.sent.off…Photograph:.Alex.Livesey.Dane.housese./.Getty.Images

After.what.José.Mourinho.had.called.his.most.important.game.at.the.club,.his.team.is.very.close.to.ending.a.13-year.trophy.drought.

The.Spurs.had.won.just.two.draws.to.go.that.far,.while.Brentford,.who.had.started.in.the.first.round.of.the.southern.section.on.September.6,.had.won.five…The.Spurs.were.granted.a.goodbye.against.Leyton.Orient.in.the.fourth.round…Brentford.had.taken.four.scalps.from.the.league.they.aspired.to.play.in.-.Southampton,.West.Brom,.Fulham.and.Newcastle.-.and.that.meant.there.was.no.danger.of.Mourinho.underestimating.them.

He.sent.what.felt.like.his.strongest.lineup.available,.aside.frDavidsonson.Sánchez.for.Toby.Alderweireld.and.perhaps.Lucas.Moura.for.SteBeginwijn,.and.there.was.a.recall.for.SerRegionilón.after.his.well-documented.violation.of.Covid.protocol.

Reguilón.helped.the.Spurs.take.control.early…It.was.frustrating.for.Thomas.Frank.to.see.that.BrunoMbeuno.was.slow.to.gRegionguilón.but.it.didn’t.take.away.from.the.way.the.full-back.flew.over.the.middle.from.the.left…He.caught.Ethan.Pinnock.and.Sissoko,.who.was.lurking.behind.him,.had.time.to.allow.the.ball.to.pass.him.before.guiding.a.header.into.the.far.upper.corner.

Reguilón’s.debut.with.the.Spurs.had.occurred.in.this.competition.against.Chelsea.at.the.end.of.September.on.a.night.in.which.he.looked.out.of.rhythm…Now.he’s.up.to.speed.and.was.eager.to.hurt.Brentford.with.his.runs.

The.visitors.moved.the.ball.with.the.confidence.of.a.team.on.such.a.long.undefeated.streak.but.could.they.hurt.the.Spurs?..Mourinho.has.his.dewell-trained.trained.and.there.was.security.in.his.one-on-one.work.during.a.first.half.in.which.he.did.notBruno.

Mbeuno,.who.attracted.attention.with.his.quick.feet,.passed.a.cross.in.the.35th.minute,.but.Sánchez.was.very.close.to.Toney,.Brentford’s.summer.signing.from.Peterborough,.who.has.scored.16.championship.goals.in.22.games.this.season…..Sanchez.stood.his.ground.in.a.muscular.manner.and.Toney,.forced.to.stretch,.headed.wide.

The.Spurs.had.two.other.good.attacking.moments.in.the.first.half,.with.Son.going.off.to.regret.how.he.failed.to.convert.the.first…Harry.Kane.started.the.move.and.as.Lucas.touched.the.ball.for.Son,.the.scene.was.set.for.him.to.double.down.on.a.signature.shot.for.the.near.corner…Instead,.his.effort.went.straight.to.David.Raya.

Lucas.also.jumped.to.meet.a.corner.of.Son,.with.the.ball.spinning.into.the.far.corner.of.Toney,.his.marker…Raya.leaned.back.to.make.a.magnificent.one-handed.stop.

There.was.more.pace.and.flavor.after.half.time,.although.it.still.didn’t.feel.like.a.semi-final.that.Brentford.had.waited.so.long.to.contest…This.is.what.happens.when.the.only.screams.that.can.be.heard.are.those.of.the.players…Brentford.were.lucky.not.to.lose.Sergi.Canós.to.a.second.yellow.card.in.the.47th.minute.for.a.foul.on.Lucas,.but.then.came.a.great.equalizer.opportunity.

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It.started.with.Mbeuno.beating.Sanchez.on.the.baseline.and,.when.the.central.midfielder.bit.back,.it.felt.like.Brentford.would.have.had.a.penalty.if.he.had.fallen…Mbeuno.wanted.more…He.crossed.for.Toney.and.needed.a.Serge.Aurier.block.to.turn.him.away.

Aurier.flashed.high.and.Son.flew.off.track,.but.Brentford.looked.more.animated.and.they.thought.they.had.their.moment.when.Pinnock.headed.back.around.a.corner…Hugo.Lloris.could.only.touch.the.ball.up.and.back.and.there.was.Toney.to.head.home…Enter.VAR.


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