Wembley awaits as Tottenham quality perseveres over spirited Brentford


Tottenham booked their place in the EFL Cup final at Wembley after seeing off a spirited Brentford side 2-0 in North London.

Tottenham justified their tag as heavy favourites when drawing first blood in the 13th minute.

Sergio Reguilon was picked out in acres of space down the left before firing in an inch-perfect cross to Moussa Sissoko.

The Frenchman had ghosted in unawares between Brentford’s centre-halves and guided his header beyond Bees goalkeeper David Raya.

Son Heung-min came close to doubling the lead moments later, but his curling effort drew a smart stop from Raya as Spurs threatened to take a vice-grip on the contest.

Brentford heads did not drop, however, but chances at testing Hugo Lloris were providng exceedingly difficult to come by against Jose Mourinho’s well-drilled side.

Ivan Toney fought off the attentions of Davinson Sanchez to win a header, but his looping header failed to trouble Spurs’ experienced stopper.

Son’s all-round value was showcased once more when making a fine block to deny Josh Dasvila.

As half-time approached, Raya produced a remarkable save to ensure his side went in just one goal in arrears.

Lucas Moura rose to meet a corner, but the ball deflected off Toney as it appeared destined to loop into the top corner.

Raya adjusted his feet quickly to palm the ball to safety in the last major action of the half.

Both sides saw early sights at goal to begin the second-half, with a last-ditch Serge Aurier block the only thing standing between Toney and the equalising goal.

Brentford were now matching their Premier League opponents blow for blow, but Spurs remained dangerous as an acrobatic Son effort flew narrowly past the post.

That miss was almost punished minutes later when the ever -dangerous Toney bundled home after Tottenham failed to clear a corner.

Celebrations were cut short when VAR adjudged the forward’s knee to have been offside by the narrowest of margins.

With time running out, Tottenham’s greater criticality in the forward ranks eventually told when Son doubled the hosts’ advantage.

Tanguy Ndombele’s defence-splitting pass set the South Korean away before firing home emphatically to put Jose Mourinho’s men on the verge of a place at Wembley.

Brentford’s chances of staging a late comeback were already slim, but were reduced even further when Dasilva was dismissed for a horror challenge on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

After consultation with VAR, Mike Dean produced the red card for a tackle that left the Dane with a nasty gash mid-way up his shin.

That incident helped Tottenham see out the game in comfort and progress to the EFL Cup final where they will play the winners of Wednesday night’s Manchester derby.