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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent, at White Hart Lane
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Capital One Cup: Tottenham 2 Hull City 2 (After Extra Time, Spurs win 8-7 on penalties)
Tottenham finally ended their penalty curse, winning their first shoot-out since 1994 to edge past Hull City in a dramatic Capital One Cup tie and advance into the quarter-finals.
Spurs had lost their previous seven shoot-outs in a row, including last season’s Europa League quarter-final clash against FC Basel.
However, Brad Friedel saved from Aaron McLean and Ahmed Elmohamady, making up for an earlier howler, to secure victory for the Lilywhites, who will host London rivals West Ham in the last eight.
Gylfi Sigurdsson put the home side ahead with a stunning strike, but Hull hit back in the second half as Friedel somehow spilt a wayward Curtis Davies shot over the goalline.
The tie went to extra-time and City took the lead as Paul McShane headed home from a corner, but Spurs substitute Harry Kane equalised to send the tie to penalties.
Erik Lamela saw his spot-kick saved but Tottenham converted their other seven efforts – and 42-year-old Friedel’s heroics sent White Hart Lane into raptures.
There had been eight changes to the Spurs side that had lined up against Hull in Sunday’s Premier League clash, with Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho the only players to start both games.
Friedel deputised in goal for the third time this season, while Younes Kaboul returned from injury – and Etienne Capoue was fit enough for a place on the bench, along with youngsters Kane and Nabil Bentaleb.
Hull created the first opening as Stephen Quinn played a ball in behind the back four and Danny Graham found himself all alone in front of goal – but he sliced his shot wide, and the offside flag was raised anyway.
At the other end, McShane was forced to put the ball behind to prevent a cross from reaching Jermain Defoe, and Kaboul headed wide from the ensuing corner.
Christian Eriksen was enjoying an influential display in the No10 role, linking the play effectively in the congested centre of the field – and the Dane combined neatly with Paulinho, receiving the ball from the Brazilian and flicking it back to him with his first touch to tee up a 20-yard shot, which was dragged wide.
Sigurdsson had no such problems with his shooting, and he broke the deadlock with a stunning goal in the 16th minute, beating two men with one sublime turn and then unleashing a 25-yard rocket which was still rising as it flew into the back of the net.
Spurs were dominating possession and interchanging positions fluidly, with Sigurdsson and Lamela frequently moving into central positions while the full-backs pushed up into advanced positions on the flanks.
Hull were offering little in an attacking sense, and City boss Steve Bruce made a tactical change in the 34th minute, withdrawing his son Alex from the defence and introducing Nick Proschwitz while switching to 4-4-2.
That produced the Tigers’ first shot on target as Elmohamady tested Friedel with a fierce drive. The American palmed the ball away but it fell to Graham, who was denied as Kaboul made a crucial diving tackle.
Bruce made another change at half-time as McLean replaced Graham – and the striker got a sight of goal moments after the restart, shooting wide from just outside the box.
The visitors went on to level in the 53rd minute as George Boyd’s neat flick freed Elmohamady on the edge of the area. Davies met his low cross but his miscued effort was rolling back across goal, wide of the far post – until Friedel inexplicably spilt it into his own net.
The game was now a very even affair, and Villas-Boas made a double in the 65th minute, with Vlad Chiriches replacing the injured Kyle Naughton and Nacer Chadli coming on in place of Eriksen.
Oddly, Chadli adopted a central role behind Defoe – despite the fact that he is most commonly used on the left flank. Meanwhile, the right-footed Sigurdsson remained on the left flank and Lewis Holtby – a natural No10 – stayed on the bench.
There was little time to discover how Chadli would perform in the role because he limped off just nine minutes after his introduction, with Kane taking his place – and a frustrating evening for Jermain Defoe got worse as he was booked for diving.
Despite their struggles, Spurs threatened as Lamela forced Eldin Jakupovic into a flying save with a free-kick, and Kane put the ball into the net – but the goal was disallowed because Defoe had handled before offloading to the Iceland international.
At the other end, Spurs survived a heart-in-mouth moment as Davies got his head to Boyd’s free-kick and the ball got stuck under Kaboul’s foot, but the Frenchman managed to hack it clear.
The tension rose in the final minutes of the 90 as both sides attacked in search of a winner – and Kane very nearly got it in the fourth minute of injury-time as his 25-yard rocket crashed off the crossbar.
Spurs started brightly in extra-time, with Sigurdsson shooting just wide from the edge of the box, but it was City who went ahead as McShane headed home from a corner to give the visitors the lead as the sides changed ends again.
Kaboul headed over at one end and Gedo wasted a good chance to finish the tie, bursting into the box and volleying over the bar – and Tottenham then found an equaliser as Kane created some room on the edge of the box and sent a low effort skidding into the bottom right corner.
With the home fans now roaring their side on, Spurs pushed for a winner, and Defoe, Paulinho and Sigurdsson all unleashed shots on goal but were unable to hit the target.
The tie went to a penalty shoot-out and Sigurdsson scored for Spurs, while Friedel saved Hull’s first effort, denying McLean.
Defoe and Vertonghen found the net, as did Quinn and Boyd – but Lamela missed and the sides then traded successful efforts, with Kane, Paulinho, Dembele and Walker all finding the net for the Lilywhites before Friedel saved from Almohamady to finally end the contest.
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Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton (Chiriches 68), Dembele, Paulinho, Lamela, Eriksen (Chadli 68 (Kane 78)), Sigurdsson, Defoe