That's it, Spurs are on their way to Wembley.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Tottenham Hotspur - Brentford
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Emiliano has a yahoo at goal from a free kick near the byline, which Lloris gathers at the second attempt.
A half-chance for Brentford as the ball breaks to Henry in the Spurs area, but he slashes a shot high over the bar from a wide angle.
We'll have five additional minutes.
Vinicius replaces Son for Spurs.
- OffPierre-Emile HøjbjergTottenham Hotspur
- OnJaphet TangangaTottenham Hotspur
Japhet Tanganga replaces Hojbjerg, who is rightly fuming.
- Red cardJosh DasilvaBrentford
RED CARD! Mike Dean has been called over to the VAR monitor after an earlier challenge by Dasilva on Hojbjerg. It's a bad challenge, over the top of the ball and high up the shin, and Dean rightly red cards Dasilva. Hojbjerg has pulled down his sock and taken his shinpad out; even with that protection, his bare shin is a gruesome mess.
It's another change for Brentford, as Marcus Forss comes on for Mbuemo.
Brentford are going for it and this game is frantic now. Mbuemo wins a header at the back post but can only send it out for a goal kick.
OFF THE POST! Spurs are rampant here. Son gets the ball on the edge of the D and plays in N'Dombele on the left of the area. He skips past his man, but from a tight angle can only clip the ball off the outside of the near post and behind.
CHANCE! It's the first action of the night for Kane, as he gets a clean look at goal after a chipped ball over the top but it's well saved by Raya.
Two changes for Brentford now as Fosu replaces Canos and Emiliano replaces Janelt.
A double change for Spurs, as Ben Davies and Harry Winks replace Reguilon and Moura.
- GoalHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Son 70) Brentford 0
That should be Spurs in the final! They win the ball in their own half and break quickly, with Kane find N'Dombele, who then slides a pass through the centre of Brentford's defence for Son into the area. Son takes a touch to lose the last man and commits Raya, before driving his shot high into the net.
Scratch that; Aurier is fine it seems, and running freely down the right.
Aurier's gone down heavily here, it looks like he might need to come off.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Brentford whip in the corner, and Toney completely misses a free header from six yards out! Pinnock then heads it back across goal, where Lloris gets a fingertip on it and Toney looks to have redeemed himself by nodding the loose ball in, but it goes to VAR and Toney was just offside as the ball came back in. So close!
A brief worry here for Spurs; Sorensen hurls in a long throw from the left, which flicks off Sanchez and Reguilon slices over his own bar.
CHANCE! Sissoko wins the ball on the edge of the area on the right. He drives to the byline and crosses to the back post, where Son volleys a shot back across goal and just wide of the far post.
Jensen works a free kick to Dalsgaard down the left side of the Spurs area. It's a clever one, with a disguise that catches out Spurs, but Dalsgaard's first touch is poor and his subsequent cross is blocked.
And into the book goes Reguilon soon after for a cynical body check on Toney, as Brentford broke after Kane's free kick hit the wall.
It's a booking for Mbuemo, who catches Reguilon with a nasty one on the edge of the area.
CHANCE! Aurier gets in at the other end, latching on to Moura's inside ball and just walking through the challenge of Jensen before blazing over from a wide angle.
CHANCE! Mbeumo gets around Sanchez on the right of the Spurs area, and cuts it back to Toney on the six-yard box. Just as Toney shoots, Aurier gets a foot in to block the ball to safety.
A lucky break for Brentford here; Canos clatters Moura as he was getting away, and Kane is his most active of the night as he runs across to demand a yellow card. Canos is already on one, but Dean issues a final warning and nothing more.
Canos has a crack for Brentford, cutting across the face of the Spurs area and shooting, but Dier heads the ball away.
- 2nd Half
We're underway again.
We'll have one additional minute. Son finds Moura in a pocket of space just outside the area. Moura slips slightly, but then launches a booming drive that is blocked by - I think - Sorensen.
Mbuemo, who has had a decent half for Brentford, wins a free kick from N'Dombele out near the touchline.
CLOSE! Spurs win a corner. It's whipped in to the front post and Moura gets a glancing contact, which clips off Toney and looks to be going into the corner until Raya throws a hand at the ball to palm it away to safety. That's a good save.
Canos whips in a cross that Dier does well to clear from the edge of the six-yard box. It falls to Dasilva, whose half volley is well blocked by Son.
Mbuemo gets the ball in the inside right position. He drills a cross to the penalty spot that finds Toney, but he can't time his header properly and it loops safely into the hands of Lloris.
There's a strange lull in this game, not much is happening at all. You get the sense Brentford would be happy to get in at 1-0 here.
Spurs eventually work the room for Aurier to cross from the right, but it's partially blocked and then cleared by Sorensen.
This has gone very scrappy, with the game bogged down in midfield and neither team able to advance very far forwards right now.
The heads haven't gone down in the Brentford side; a nice switch of play finds Dasilva on the right. He cuts it back to Dalsgaard, who can only miscue his cross into the arms of Lloris.
Brentford win a free kick which Jensen curls in to the back post, but Pinnock's header is well off target.
Another yellow for Brentford as Janelt goes through the back of N'Dombele.
A good long ball down the left finds Henry, who cuts infield and looks for Toney on the edge of the area. Toney is one-on-one with Dier, but can't get control of the ball and Spurs clear.
Canos brings down Reguilon, allowing Mike Dean the sheer joy of flourishing a yellow card.
- GoalMoussa SissokoTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Sissoko 13) Brentford 0
Just like that, Spurs lead! After a spell of possession at the back the work it out to Reguilon on the left. He swings in a cross that finds Sissoko completely unmarked near the six-yard box, and he guides a simple header into the top corner.
Brentford get a free kick in the Spurs half, and loft it into the Spurs area. After a bout of head tennis, N'Dombele bicycle kicks the ball clear.
Dasilva latches onto a loose ball in midfield for Brentford, skipping away from a few challenges and almost barrelling through a third into the Spurs area until he's dispossessed. Brentford have settled well here.
A quick one-two catches out Reguilon, and Mbuemo gets free down the right. He can't pick out anyone with his cross though, and Spurs clear.
The players take the knee before kick-off. There is no room for racism.
We're almost ready to go here at the Tottenham Stadium. Your referee tonight is Mike Dean.
You have to go back to 1948 to find the last time Brentford beat Spurs when they won 2-0 while both teams were in Division Two. The last six meetings between these two teams have all been in the League Cup; two-legged affairs in the early rounds, in which Spurs haven't lost home or away and advanced on each occasion. History might be against them, but this isn't a two-legger that offers a safety net for the top division team; this is a one shot deal for a place in the final at Wembley at the end of April.
Brentford aren’t here as a piece of admin, mind. They’ve had quite the run in the Carabao Cup so far; on their run to the semi-finals, they’ve dispatched four Premier League sides in a row in Southampton, West Brom, Fulham and Newcastle United. They’re no plucky cliché either. Manager Thomas Frank has them on a 15-match unbeaten streak in the Championship where they sit in fourth place, six behind leaders Norwich and with a game in hand.
It’s a new year, and it ends in 1. I think you see where this is going. Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has called this game his biggest during his time in charge at the club, and he’ll be as chipper as Chas and Dave if he can guide them to the Carabao Cup final. Should he do so, it will give Spurs a chance to beat one of the Manchester giants for their first trophy since 2008 and add to the lineage of the 1901 FA Cup, the 1921 FA Cup, the 1951 league title, the 1961 Double, the 1971 League Cup, the 1981 FA Cup and the 1991 FA Cup. That’d be great news for numerologists, Spurs fans or, if that Venn has a sliver, both.
Brentford: Raya, Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Sorensen, Henry, Janelt, Dasilva, Jensen, Mbeumo, Canos, Toney.
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lucas, Son, Kane.
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