Goals from Mousa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min fired Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs into the Carabao Cup final on Wednesday. Spurs now wait for the winner from the other semi-final which has been scheduled on Thursday, to be played between Manchester United and Manchester City. With the win, Mourinho reached his fifth Championship final (Previously three with Chelsea, one with Man United).
Brentford, who were playing in their first semi-final in a major cup competition, had a promising start to the match but fell behind in the 12th minute from French midfielder Sissoko’s header credits to a fine Sergio Reguilon cross from the left.
Thomas Frank’s side came into the semis boasting a 16-match unbeaten run and victories over four other Premier League sides in this season’s competition but fell short when mattered. Striker Ivan Toney headed one in but the goal was disallowed for an offside, credits to VAR in the 63rd minute.
It didn’t take long for Spur’s South-Korean striker Son to dab one in past goalkeeper David Raya to make it 2-0 in the 70th minute. Son collected a fine pass from Tanguy Ndombele before bursting in position to slot in the goal.
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To rub salt on their wound, Brentford’s Josh Dasilva was sent off in the 84th minute owing to a rash challenge on the home side’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The latter limped off the field with a bruised and bloody shin.
Mourinho said to Sky Sports, “It’s a [win] that takes us to a final. I hope it won’t be, but it will probably be at an empty Wembley. But I’m still very happy. We have had matches this year against the biggest clubs in the country, but this is game was very important for us.”
Brentford boss Thomas Frank quipped, “First and foremost I’m very proud of my team and I hope the fans are unbelievably proud. Until the first VAR decision where we were inches away from equalising I think we played an even game.”