Nepal | October 21, 2020

Spurs edge Chelsea in League Cup shootout

Reuters
Share Now:

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur overcame visitors Chelsea 5-4 in a penalty shootout to progress in the League Cup following a 1-1 home draw in their fourth round clash on Tuesday.

Chelsea appeared to be heading into the quarter-finals thanks to a 19th-minute strike from Timo Werner but Erik Lamela forced a shootout with an equaliser in the 83rd minute, finishing from close range after controlling a cross from debutant Sergio Reguilon.

In the shootout, Chelsea‘s Mason Mount struck the post to miss the decisive fifth penalty after every other spot kick had been converted.

Germany forward Werner scored his first goal for Chelsea in his fourth appearance, lashing the ball into the net from the edge of the area after receiving a cut-back from Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea‘s new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a confident display in his first game since switching from Stade Rennes, making a good save to keep out a vicious shot from Spurs’ Spanish left back Reguilon in the second half.

But Mendy was finally beaten in the 83rd minute when Reguilon turned in the box and found Lamela, who controlled the ball at the far post before netting from close range to force the shootout in which Tottenham prevailed.

The victory was revenge for Spurs for a 2019 League Cup semi-final second-leg defeat to Chelsea on penalties.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, got one over his former Chelsea player Frank Lampard, whose Derby County side beat a Manchester United team then coached by the Portuguese in a League Cup shootout in 2018.

“We were ready to fight. I told the players before the penalties that they were magnificent in the second half, we made Chelsea look ordinary. The team waited for the right moment,” Mourinho said.

The League Cup fixture, which came only two days after their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, was the second game of a gruelling run of four matches in eight days for Spurs.

Mourinho’s side face Maccabi Haifa at home in a Europa League playoff on Thursday before a league fixture at Manchester United on Sunday.

Mourinho made nine changes to the team who had faced Newcastle, sticking with first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris instead of new signing Joe Hart and giving a second start in three days to Eric Dier, who stepped up to score the first penalty.

“I have to think about three games at the same time but the players only thought about this game, they were phenomenal. Phenomenal,” added Mourinho, who praised England international Dier despite the defender leaving the pitch to go to the toilet during the second half.

“What happened to Eric Dier is not normal, I have to praise him in a special way. It should be forbidden for a player to play two games in 48 hours at this level. What he did is not human to do.”


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

EDITORIAL: Government has obligation

The govt cannot wash its hands of its obligation to provide health care and other help to the people when they most need it Seemingly, a PCR test fatigue has set in, with the government asking the people to pay for it and treatment of the coronavirus. Following the government decision on Sunday, it Read More...

Murdered ASI BK’s kin stage rally in Dhangadi

DHANGADI, OCTOBER 19 Family members and relatives of ASI Govind BK, who was found murdered, today staged a rally demanding action against those involved in the murder, in Dhangadi. The rally that started from Chauraha ended at Dhangadi District Administration Office. ASI BK’s kin and Read More...

Trump 'running angry,' attacks polls, press and Dr. Fauci

TUCSON: An angry President Donald Trump came out swinging Monday against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the press and polls that show him trailing Democrat Joe Biden in key battleground states in a disjointed closing message two weeks out from Election Day. On the third day of a western campaign swing, Trump Read More...

6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign

WASHINGTON: The Justice Department announced charges Monday against Russian intelligence officers in a string of global cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics in South Korea and American businesses. The case implicates the same Kremlin unit that interfered in Read More...

New high school curricula change: They don’t add up

As it stands today, the educational curricula and delivery of school level mathematics in Nepal leave a lot to be desired. Both the numeracy skills and the grades of our students speak volumes of the current state of affairs. This should prompt us to improve mathematics education in the country As Read More...

Wit-based discrimination

The shopping spree during this festive season would have been at its peak had it not been for the pandemic. Last Dashain, I had gone to buy a fridge as it is usually the time when there are discount offers. I needed a quality product at concessional rates, and many will have this in mind I am sur Read More...

DoCSCP collects Rs 7.8 million thru penalties

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 19 The Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection (DoCSCP) has collected revenue worth more than Rs 7.8 million during the lockdown period. The revenue was collected from fines imposed on traders and suppliers who were caught supplying or selling substandard goods Read More...

NMB Bank signs agreement

KATHMANDU: NMB Bank has signed a loan agreement with Bakas Renewable Energy, a company promoted by forestry and environmental professionals in which Business Oxygen (BO2), Nepal’s first international private equity fund with a climate focus promoted by International Finance Corporation (IFC) of th Read More...