Moura breaks season duck as Tottenham edge into EFL Cup quarters

Date published: Wednesday 27th October 2021 9:41 - Neil Foster

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Lucas Moura’s well-directed header proved the difference as Tottenham beat Burney 1-0 at Turf Moor to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The Brazilian struck in the second period to ignite a game that lacked intensity and quality. For the hosts, it is now back to the drawing board as their struggles continue. Sean Dyche was looking for a morale-boosting win and made five changes to his Burnley side for the fourth-round encounter.

Connor Roberts made his debut while Ben Mee, Erik Pieters, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Matej Vydra were also given the nod.

Spurs made six changes to the team that lost to West Ham United last time out. Pierluigi Gollini, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Giovani Lo Celso, Steven Bergwijn and Bryan Gil were handed a start by Nuno Espirito Santo.

Harry Kane wore the captain’s armband but Dele Alli and Harry Winks were not even on the bench. Burnley have yet to win in the league this season while Spurs were also in need of a victory.

And it was the visitors who made the early running. Kane worked a shooting opportunity as early as the third minute but pulled his effort wide of the post.

The Clarets started to find their feet and Josh Brownhill tried his luck from distance on 14 minutes. However, the midfielder’s effort did not trouble Gollini in the Spurs goal.

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There were few chances of note as the half wore on but Kane caused panic in the Burnley defence as half-time approached. Lucas Moura’s flicked header from a corner found the striker but his volley once again flew over the bar.

In truth it was a poor first half, with little action of note and neither goalkeeper under any real pressure.

The second half started in similar fashion, with both sides committing fouls and preventing any real flowing football. Chances were few and far between.

And Steven Bergwijn’s blocked shot from the edge of the box was all either side could muster before the hour mark.

Moura shows his class

Dyche opted to change things up on 60 minutes as Ashley Barnes replaced Jay Rodriguez while Vydra made way for Chris Wood.

But it was Spurs who should have taken the lead just minutes later. Kane’s superb ball found Giovani Lo Celso but his effort was well saved by Nick Pope.

It was a comfortable height to make the save and the Argentinian really should have done better from close range.

On 66 minutes Nuno brought on Tanguy Ndombele for Oliver Skipp while Son Heung-Min replaced Bergwijn. And the visitors were ahead just two minutes later through Moura.

Full-back Emerson Royal whipped in a dangerous cross from the right and Moura’s powerful header was too good for Pope.

Spurred on by the goal, the Brazilian then tested Pope from long range but the England keeper managed to palm the effort away. Moura then turned provider as he set up compatriot Royal but his shot flew straight at the keeper.

Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo shouting during their Premier League clash with Aston Villa 2021

Dyche responded by making a double substitution. Maxwel Cornet replaced Dwight McNeil while Aaron Lennon came on for Johann Gudmundsson.

But they could not find a way through and Spurs claimed the spoils on a night that few fans will remember.

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