Tottenham earned themselves a place in the League Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Brentford at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Brentford started well but Spurs took the lead with their first attack, as Moussa Sissoko ghosted in between the Bees’ centre-halves to head Sergio Reguilon’s cross into the top corner after 12 minutes.
Ivan Toney had a goal disallowed for offside after a VAR review in the second half, before Son Heung-min settled the match with a smart finish 20 minutes from time. Just before the end Josh Dasilva was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The final will take place on April 25 at Wembley Stadium, with Spurs to face the winner of tomorrow’s semi-final between Manchester United and Manchester City.
'I'm not happy but job done' - Mourinho after Spurs beat Brentford to reach League Cup final
TALKING POINT - Can Mourinho deliver a major trophy to Tottenham?
It’s been 13 years since Spurs last lifted a major trophy. If they can now kick on and win the League Cup in April it will be the fifth time Mourinho has won it, after three victories in his two spells combined at Chelsea and his most recent success with Manchester United in 2016. That will be an outright record, and chances are you’ll be hearing plenty about that if he pulls it off.
To do so, he’ll have to overcome not just one of the two Manchester giants but Tottenham’s recent history. None of it was on his watch, but Spurs’ defeats in the 2015 League Cup final and the 2019 Champions League final, plus their swings and misses at the league in 2015-16 and 2016-17, are evidence of a team that can get all the way to the line but, as yet, not over it.
Mourinho called tonight the biggest match of his time in charge at Spurs and winning it has secured a potentially pivotal game in their modern history at Wembley in April. Tottenham have a stadium, set-up, manager and squad befitting one of the biggest clubs in the world; now they need to start getting the trophies that match.
Moussa Sissoko celebrates his goal v Brentford
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MAN OF THE MATCH – Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
It was a close call with Spurs' other goalscorer, Sisssoko, but Son was a constant menace up front on a night where his captain Harry Kane was quiet. His goal in the second half was brilliantly taken and secured a place at Wembley for his team.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris 6; Aurier 6, Sanchez 6, Dier 7, Reguilon 7; Sissoko 7, Hojbjerg 6; Moura 6, N’Dombele 7, Son 7; Kane 6. Subs: Davies 6, Winks 6, Tangana 6, Vinicius 6
Brentford (4-3-3): Raya 6; Dalsgaard 6, Pinnock 6, Bech Sorensen 6, Henry 6; Janelt 5, Jensen 6, Dasilva 4; Mbuemo 7, Toney 6, Canos 7. Subs: Marcondes 6, Fosu-Henry 6, Forss 6
13’ GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Brentford (Sissoko). Just like that, Spurs lead! After a spell of possession at the back, they 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.
63’ 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!
70’ GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Brentford (Son). That should be Spurs in the final! They win the ball in their own half and break quickly, with Kane finding Ndombele, 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.
77’ OFF THE POST! Spurs are rampant here. Son gets the ball on the edge of the D and plays in Ndombele 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.
84’ 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.
- Tottenham have reached the League Cup final for the ninth time in their history, a total only surpassed by Liverpool’s 12.