Tottenham earned a North London derby quarter-final tie with a win at the London Stadium in the Carabao Cup last night.
Spurs raced into a two goal lead as Heung Min-Son netted his first two goals of the season.
Lucas Perez gave West Ham a late response, but Fernando Llorente sent Spurs through minutes later.
The win put Spurs back on track after a second win away at West Ham in a matter of days.
Following the defeat at Wembley against Manchester City, the Argentinian made 10 changes. Paulo Gazzaniga came back in, as did Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth. Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama paired in central midfield. The dangerous attacking trio of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son played behind Llorente.
After a lively start from both sides, Spurs opened the scoring. Eriksen played the ball forwards, but it was cut-out by Angelo Ogbonna. It fell to Llorente, and the Spaniard combined with Alli, who precisely picked out Son in the penalty area. The Korean international lofted his shot high into the top left corner to get his first Spurs goal since March, to give the visitors the lead.
The Hammers were the better team in the first half, but unlike Spurs, weren’t clinical in front of goal. Foyth was outstanding for Spurs, as the Hammers failed to truly test Gazzaniga.
A swift second-half counter-attack gave Spurs the breathing space they craved, as Son scored again. Alli was the catalyst again. The youngster curled a pass towards Son, and the ball deflected off Arthur Masuaku’s shin, to send him through directly on goal. He rounded Adrian in goal, and put the ball easily into the empty net.
Gazzaniga then made a brilliant save to deny Ogbonna. The Hammers were able to get themselves back in the game with twenty minutes to play. Robert Snodgrass whipped in a deep corner, and Lucas Perez nodded the ball in at the back post. However, Spurs weren’t about to be denied, and Llorente picked his moment on a rare start to again double Tottenham’s lead. Eriksen’s corner was struck accurately to pick out the Spaniard in the six-yard-box. He connected cleanly to volley the ball high into the net.
The final whistle signalled a crucial win for Spurs in their attempts to finally win a trophy. They travel to the Emirates in December for the quarter-final, and fans of both clubs will look forward to that date. Tottenham’s busy three game week ends away at Molineux on Saturday evening, a match they need to win after Monday’s disappointment.
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