Match Review – Sheffield United 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Agg. 2-3)

Tottenham have made it into the Capital One Cup final after an emphatic 3-2 aggregate victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Spurs will now face London rivals Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on March 1st.

Spurs began brightly, with Harry Kane receiving lots of the ball. His work-rate to make it into the area was commendable, with Erik Lamela shooting wide moments later. Mousa Dembélé was also amongst those to start strongly, with his number-ten role effective in providing Kane with forward passes.

The first scare of the half came for Spurs however. After his FA Cup blunder against Leicester City at the weekend, Michel Vorm endured yet another nervous moment as he dropped a high ball amongst lots of pressure. The ball fell comfortably for Sheffield, with the former Blade Kyle Walker clearing off the line for the visitors.

Harry Kane had yet another chance to put the away side ahead, as he received the ball from Lamela to then hit a weak effort towards goal which was saved comfortably by the goalkeeper.

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However, Tottenham soon went ahead through a magical cup moment. Christian Eriksen stepped up to rifle a superb free-kick into the far corner, which left the Sheffield keeper stunned. Spurs led 2-0 on aggregate after the goal, and the finish allowed Pochettino’s side to settle more throughout the remainder of the half.

Dembélé arguably had the best half of any Spurs player. Once again recreating his hover-like movement from earlier in his Tottenham career. The Belgian was effective outside the area, with his shooting the only real criticism to make. Tottenham led 1-0 at the break, in a snowy opening 45 minutes.

Tottenham began the second half just as strong. Harry Kane showed shades of Teddy Sheringham with some of his movement, forcing more saves from the keeper. Efforts continued to fly, with several Spurs free-kicks narrowly wide by Eriksen. Mousa Dembélé departed just after the hour mark, after one his best Spurs performances to date.

The game then took a turn for the worst. The appearance of Adams as a substitute came as the biggest shock to the tie. The youngster scored a double in 140 seconds to put Sheffield 2-1 up on the night, and panic Tottenham fans worldwide. With extra time looming, something special was needed.

And it arrived in the form of Christian Eriksen. The Dane scored a composed second to put Spurs into the Capital One Cup final, and face London rivals Chelsea. The 3-2 aggregate win came as much needed momentum heading into another turbulent fixture period, and sending Spurs to Wembley. Tottenham’s gonna do it again.

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