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Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Live Commentary, 09/01/2019

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H. Kane (26 pen)
Wembley Stadium


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Tottenham can now turn attention to their huge Premier League showdown with Manchester United here in five days' time, aiming to make it four wins in a row in all competitions and eight from the last nine - the only blemish being the shock 3-1 home loss to Wolves last month. Chelsea, on the other hand, must pick themselves up as they face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Despite dominating the vast majority of the match, Chelsea fail to find a way through and they now have it all to do in the second leg. The visitors twice hit the frame of the goal in the first half, through Kante and Hudson-Odoi, but Kane's first-half penalty - awarded via the use of VAR - proves the difference in the end. Christensen came closest to scoring in the second half, sending the ball wide from a corner after Gazzaniga had pulled off a couple of half-decent stops to keep Tottenham in front.
90' + 3' Rose thwarts Kante with a superb challenge on the edge of the box, possibly injuring himself in the process. Chelsea come forward again, though, and win themselves a late, late corner. Hazard whips it in and Skipp is there to clear.
90' + 2' Two of the three added-on minutes have been played. Chelsea's pressure is not as relentless as it was earlier in the half, and it looks almost certain now that they will have to overcome a one-goal deficit in the second leg if they are to progress through.
C. Eriksen
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 1' Eriksen is taken off and Llorente introduced in his place. Pochettino clearly wants some additional height in his own box to help out at the back.
O. Skipp
H. Winks
Tottenham Hotspur
90' Pochettino brings on Skipp for Winks in the centre of the park for the closing stages. Winks has put in a good shift today.
88' Chelsea are at risk of overcommitting bodies forward in search of a leveller. Lamela burst through midfield but was caught by Alonso, who then gave away a free-kick. You cannot take your eyes off this one as we enter the final couple of minutes!
87' BLOCK! Superb from Hazard yet again, jinking away from Rose and Alli before sending in a killer cross. Gazzaniga parries and Sanchez clears as far as Alonso, whose shot is blocked in front of goal. 
85' Alonso's cross is pretty disappointing, aimed right at Gazzaniga at the keeper's front post. Giroud was screaming for the ball to be played to him.
84' Hazard is constantly picking up the ball in deep positions and driving towards the Tottenham defence. Credit to the hosts, though, as they have stood firm for 84 minutes now. Spurs look as though they will take a slender advantage into the second leg.
E. Lamela
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
82' Lamela, only on the field for thee minutes, goes into a 50-50 with Hazard leading with his elbow for the game's fourth caution.
81' Tottenham are finally starting to string some passes together, which is helping to relieve the pressure that had been growing and growing. Chelsea keeper Kepa races off his line to clear a Kane pass from deep.
E. Lamela
Son Heung-Min
Tottenham Hotspur
79' There is also a change for Spurs as fit-again Lamela comes on for his first appearance since before Christmas, replacing Son in the forward line.
O. Giroud
C. Hudson-Odoi
79' Hudson-Odoi, who has been quiet for about 20 minutes now, is replaced by Giroud. Chelsea finally have a target man up top.
77' Pochettino is playing a dangerous game by holding off from making his first change. His side may be in front but Tottenham are struggling to put more than a few passes together. Chelsea are running out of time to score a leveller, though.
75' Tottenham's possession count has dropped to 35% in the second half - incredible! This is a near-identical display to the one we saw against Wolves last month, when conceding three times in the final quarter of the match. Hazard drives towards the box but is crowded out by a sea of bodies, and a penalty shout for handball against Alderweireld is not given.
M. Kovačić
R. Barkley
75' Sarri introduces some fresh legs on the left-hand side of his midfield three by bringing on Kovacic for Barkley.
74' The hosts remain on the back foot with 16 minutes to go. The pressure is pretty relentless but Tottenham are standing firm for now. Sarri appears to be readying Kovacic to come on in the next few minutes.
72' Tottenham have had just two touches in the opposition box in the second half of this semi-final tie, compared to Chelsea's eight. The visitors need to make their dominance count.
70' A good overlap is provided down the right by Pedro but the cross is pretty weak and it is cleared behind. Twenty minutes to play in London and Chelsea are starting to build up some momentum once again.
68' Son flicks the ball into the path of Sissoko, but the midfielder cannot quite get to it ahead of covering defender Azpilicueta. The short break in play has worked in Tottenham's favour - they look a lot more energetic all of a sudden.
66' Kane gives Pochettino the thumbs up - he is fine to continue. It is the England striker's goal that separates the sides with around 25 minutes to play at Wembley.
65' The final pass has too often let Chelsea down today. That said, the visitors have been dominant since falling a goal down and have created good enough opportunities to have drawn themselves level. A worry for Spurs now as Kane is down clutching his calf - the physios are on.
63' A like-for-like change from Sarri as Pedro provides some fresh legs out wide in place of Willian.
61' This second half has been even more gripping than the first. It has been one-way traffic for a good 15 minutes now, with Hazard finding some space to get a deflected shot away inside the box. Spurs do well to defend the set-piece.
D. Sánchez
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
59' Sanchez is cautioned for clattering into Hazard. A lazy challenge, but one the Colombia defender felt that he had to make to prevent Hazard from racing in behind.
59' HUGE CHANCE! Chelsea really should be on level terms at Wembley. Barkley flicks on the corner and Christensen is there to meet the ball towards the back post, only to shank his first-time effort wide of the target. Shocking miss! 
58' Azpilicueta leads the Chelsea appeals for a penalty, claiming that his cross hit Rose on the hand. The referee felt otherwise and VAR is not referred to.
57' KANTE COMES CLOSE! Spurs are really holding on now. Kante, who hit the outside of the post in the first half, lets rip from 25 yards once teed up by Willian. Gazzaniga is happy to parry it to safety - Chelsea's 10th attempt of the game.
55' ANOTHER GAZZANIGA SAVE! Chelsea are starting to rack up the attempts on target, with Hazard working a yard of space on the edge of the box and firing the ball low and hard. Gazzaniga, as he has been with each of the previous shots, is equal to it.
53' BULLET DRIVE! Tottenham have been second best for a while now, but they so nearly double their lead through star man Kane. The striker's shot from range is brilliantly struck, forcing Kepa to produce a full-stretch save to his right.
51' Hudson-Odoi is causing real panic in the Spurs box when he gets on the ball. The rumoured Bayern target lays it off to Hazard, rather than shooting himself, and the Belgium forward's cross is helped behind by Trippier. Chelsea have started the second half in the same manner that they ended the first.
49' A smart free-kick from Chelsea. Hudson-Odoi peeled away from the pack of players and so nearly got a toe to Willian's lofted pass, but the offside flag was up anyway so it would not have counted even if he had turned it goalwards.
47' Rudiger produces a good recovery challenge to spoke the ball away from Alli, who was slipped through by Kane. Had the centre-back got that wrong it would have been a penalty.
46' Chelsea, trailing to a Kane penalty, get us back underway at Wembley!
Hudson-Odoi has been dangerous down the right but needs to show a little more end product, while Hazard always seems a little wasted through the middle. Sarri is unlikely to change anything at the break in terms of his personnel, though, as the visitors were knocking on the door for an equaliser in the final 15 minutes of the half. Fingers crossed for similar entertainment in the second half!
Tottenham take a one-goal lead into the interval thanks to Kane's penalty 26 minutes into the match, correctly awarded via the use of VAR once it had been established that the striker was onside prior to being taken out by Kepa in the box. Chelsea have been the better side since then, hitting the post through Kante and the crossbar through a deflected Hudson-Odoi cross right at the end of a lively first half.
45' + 2' OFF THE BAR! An incredible end to the first half. Hudson-Odoi swings in a cross from the right which takes a huge deflection off Rose, almost catching out Gazzaniga. The Spurs keeper scampers back and gets a hand to the ball to help it onto the crossbar.
45' Chelsea may be a goal down but Sarri will take plenty of positives from the way his side have ended the first half. It could be argued that the visitors deserve to be a goal up at the interval and not behind to Kane's penalty. Two minutes have been added on at the end of the half.
43' WIDE! Chelsea are enjoying their best spell of the game as we enter the final stages of the first half. Hudson-Odoi is giving Rose plenty to think about down Tottenham's left, with the ability to power down the outside or cut inside. The youngster works an angle to get a shot in, but sends it over the crossbar.
41' OFF THE POST! Kante is so much more of an attacking threat under Sarri. The France midfielder is Chelsea's most advanced player in this latest attack, flicking Alonso's cross against the outside of the post with an improvised volley. The run to the front post was superb and so nearly provided the equaliser.
39' A great passing move from Tottenham, going from defence to attack with some patient play, comes to a disappointing conclusion. Sissoko attempts to square the ball for Kane on the edge of the box, but he gets his pass all wrong.
37' Spurs are far more willing to go direct than their opponents. Chelsea have actually edged possession in the first half, but they are not getting very far when they get on the ball in the final third of the field.
35' LONG SHOT! Chelsea are seeing plenty of the ball in wide areas, but with a lack of target man in the middle they are becoming a little too predictable with their possession. On this latest occasion, it is played central to Kante, whose long-range drive is well handled by Gazzaniga.
33' The visitors are trying to grab a foothold in the match, with the momentum they had been building being killed off by Kane's opener. It is worth pointing out that away goals do not count double at the end of the two-legged tie.
31' Kane has scored his 160th goal for Tottenham in all competitions, making him the club's fourth-outright top goalscorer. Kane has also now scored in each of his last six games in all competitions for Spurs.
H. Winks
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
29' Winks sticks out a leg to halt Hazard's run, earning himself a booking. Chelsea have not really got going since Kane found the back of the net with his penalty.
28' VAR has already had a big say in this season's EFL Cup semi-finals with that penalty decision. Kane was dead level with Azpilicueta's foot and there is no doubt that Kepa took him out in the box, so all-in-all there can be no complaints.
H. Kane
Penalty Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
26' GOOOAAALLLLL!! TOTTENHAM 1-0 CHELSEA! It may have taken a couple of minutes for the penalty to be awarded - and it must be said that the correct call was made - but Kane keeps his composure. The pen is not quite in the bottom-left corner, but it has enough power to beat Kepa.
Yellow Card
25' The referee awards the penalty! Kane is deemed to be just about onside and Kepa, who wiped the Tottenham striker clean out in the box, is cautioned.
24' Kane races through on goal and is sent crashing to the ground by Kepa. The referee Michael Oliver wants to check with VAR if the striker was offside. If he was on then this could well be a penalty.
23' Chelsea have looked the more likely to make the breakthrough in the opening quarter of the match. Spurs fans are getting a little restless now as their side are struggling to create much.
21' SHOT! A dangerous moment for Chelsea, as Hudson-Odoi picks out Hazard in the pocket. The Belgium forward, playing through the middle today, gets in a shot from 22 yards which turns out be a straightforward one for Gazzaniga to keep out.
19' We have reached a bit of a stalemate now as both teams take it in turns to enjoy a spell on the ball, without really managing to create anything of note. Plenty of creative players on the pitch but little by the way of invention.
17' Barkley's 25-yarder flies into the stands - an awkward one on the half-volley. Possession has been split nearly 50-50 in the opening 17 minutes at Wembley. The teams, separated by one place in the Premier League, have managed one on-target shot apiece. 
15' The tempo of the game remains high, but the game has started to settle a little over the last five minutes. Eriksen picks up possession a good 50 yards from goal and lofts the ball into the box towards Alli, which Kepa gets to first.
13' Kante tries to slip the ball through for Hazard, but Alderweireld gets a leg to it to deny the Belgian a clear run at goal.
12' Hazard turns down the chance to shoot 22 yards from goal, instead playing it out to Hudson-Odoi down the right. The youngster's return ball was pretty poor, though, with Gazzaniga easily collecting the cross.
10' It has been an evenly-matched start to the contest, with both sides getting in a shot on goal inside the opening 10 minutes. Willian stretches play down the left and swings the ball into the middle, which Trippier helps behind. From the set-piece, Barkley gets ahead of his man but flicks the ball over the target.
8' SAVE! Hudson-Odoi is looking lively early on at Wembley. The youngster brings a long pass from Willian under control, moves past Rose and gets a low shot on target for Gazzaniga to keep out at his near post.
6' GREAT EFFORT! Kane produces an impressive overhead kick 12 yards out, but he can only send the ball - from a right-sided Trippier delivery - right down the middle. A simple save for Kepa to make in the end.
4' Trippier plays the ball back to Gazzaniga, who panics a little and boots the ball out for a throw. Spurs clear their lines and, one Alli long ball later, Son is bearing down on goal. Christensen is caught out and grapples Son to the ground just outside the box, but the referee does not award a free-kick.
2' Chelsea, outclassed on their last visit to this ground in November, have spent the early stages of the match attempting to take the ball off their opponents. 
1' Tottenham get the first of the EFL Cup semi-finals underway! 
The two teams are now out on the field at Wembley and we are moments away from kick-off. Both sides are well on course to finish in the top four of the Premier League but are surely out of the title picture, putting added significance on this EFL Cup semi-final clash. Spurs, competing at this semi-final stage for the 15th time, will be keen to take an advantage of some sort to Stamford Bridge for the return fixture in two weeks’ time. 
This will be the ninth time that these two sides have faced off in the EFL Cup and the first since the 2015 final, which Chelsea won 2-0 at this ground. Of the previous eight encounters in this competition, Spurs have won two and lost four, but they have come out on top in the two most recent Premier League matches. 
Chelsea show two changes from the 0-0 draw with Southampton in their most recent Premier League match six days ago, with Christensen and Hudson-Odoi coming in for David Luiz and Alvaro Morata respectively, the latter of whom is not even included among the subs. Hudson-Odoi's inclusion is an interesting one, coming amid rumours of a Bayern bid of £35m, and it will mean a central role for Hazard. Elsewhere, Barkley is given the nod over Kovacic on the left of the visitors’ midfield three. 
Tottenham have reverted back to what is effectively their strongest outfield XI for this semi-final clash, making just one change from the 3-0 Premier League win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day. Gazzaniga is given the nod over Lloris, who is included among the subs, while Son continues to partner Kane and Alli in the forward line ahead of his departure for the Asian Cup next weekend. Lamela is back in the matchday squad, meanwhile, after recovering from a minor injury that has kept him out for two weeks. 
Chelsea subs: Pedro, Mateo Kovacic, Willy Caballero, Olivier Giroud, David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu, Davide Zappacosta
CHELSEA XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta (c), Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley; Willian, Eden Hazard, Callum Hudson-Odoi 
Tottenham subs: Oliver Skipp, Fernando Llorente, Ben Davies, Hugo Lloris, Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, Erik Lamela 
TOTTENHAM XI (4-3-1-2): Paulo Gazzaniga; Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Danny Rose; Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Christian Eriksen; Dele Alli; Harry Kane (c), Son Heung-min  
The sides sitting third and fourth in the Premier League lock horns under the famous arch in the first of the semi-finals, with Tottenham continuing their quest for a maiden piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea aiming to do likewise under Maurizio Sarri, who is still in his first campaign in English football.  
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the EFL Cup semi-final first-leg tie between Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley.