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Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Live Commentary, 22/12/2021

FT
2 - 1
TOT
WHU
S. Bergwijn (29)
Lucas Moura (34)
J. Bowen (32)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Commentary

Thanks for joining us for live coverage of Tottenham's 2-1 victory over West Ham in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
Spurs' EFL Cup journey continues as they put their name into the hat for the final four. They will hope to keep this run going for their first cup glory since 2008. For the visitors meanwhile, they are now out of the competition but still have both the FA Cup and Europa League to fight for alongside their league exploits.
And so it will be the hosts who advance to the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory. They took the lead after 29 minutes as Bergwijn and Hojbjerg linked up before the Dutch forward fired low into the back of the net to put his side in front. The lead was threatened soon after though, twice through Soucek, and in the end only lasted three minutes after a Vlasic shot fortunately found Bowen in the box, who cleverly turned before lashing past Lloris into the bottom corner. Incredibly Spurs were back in front just two minutes later as Bergwijn was involved heavily again, weaving into the area before crossing for Lucas to turn in to make it 2-1. The second half was another lively affair as both sides had chances. The Hammers pressed for an equaliser late and almost found one in the dying seconds when a Yarmolenko shot deflected off Tanganga and looped onto the crossbar. Tottenham held on though to secure both derby bragging rights and a place in the semi-finals.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 2-1 WEST HAM
90' + 3' So close to an equaliser! A Yarmolenko cross deflects off a Spurs defender before looping over towards the goal. It looks to be sneaking in before it bounces off the top of the crossbar and behind for a corner. The delivery comes in with Areola up for it, but Lloris is out to gather it after a moment of panic in what will likely be the game's last act.
90' + 2' Moyes' men just look as if they're running out of time here as they look for a late equaliser.
90' There will be three minutes of additional time at the end of this game. Can the visitors find a dramatic late equaliser to keep this tie alive?
89' Hojbjerg is down injured temporarily but is comically dragged back to his feet by a couple of West Ham players.
87' Can Conte's men see these last couple of minutes out and book their place in the last four of the competition? The crowd are certainly getting behind them.
85' West Ham pressure is really building now. This time, Benrahma and Yarmolenko both see shots blocked after a Fornals corner from the left was headed out.
Emerson
Reguilón
Tottenham Hotspur
83' Reguilon also comes off for Emerson.
J. Tanganga
M. Doherty
Tottenham Hotspur
83' Doherty is replaced by Tanganga as Tottenham look to see this game out.
81' Benrahma sends a dipping effort just wide. He took his first touch with his left before shooting with his right, and his effort just eeked past the post.
A. Yarmolenko
H. Ashby
West Ham United
80' Young full-back Ashby comes off for Yarmolenko.
79' Benrahma turns and smashes an effort at goal from distance, however the direction on it is poor and goes right down Lloris' throat.
D. Alli
O. Skipp
Tottenham Hotspur
77' Alli comes on for Skipp with 13 minutes remaining.
76' Hojbjerg makes a brilliant sliding block to stop Benrahma's effort from outside the box as it looked to be opening up for the Algerian forward.
74' Kane drives towards the box with options left and right. He chooses to play in Son on the edge of the box, but the substitute's touch is poor and takes it away from him allowing Dawson to clear. That surely would've been 3-1 if Son had got his first touch to go where he wanted it.
72' Those substitutions have just kicked West Ham up a gear in the last couple of minutes. Can they find an equaliser from this pressure?
70' An Ashby cross from the right finds Benrahma in the area, who swivels and blasts a volley well over Lloris' goal. That's the best chance they have had for a while.
Pablo Fornals
M. Lanzini
West Ham United
68' Fornals also comes on for Lanzini as the Hammers try and get themselves on level terms to keep this tie alive.
S. Benrahma
N. Vlašić
West Ham United
68' Moyes sends on Benrahma for Vlasic.
66' What can Moyes find on his bench to get his side back in this game?
64' Kane has scored just three in his last 12 appearances in this competition. Can he find another one here to put this game to bed?
62' The hosts claim for a handball after a Doherty cross deflects off Masuaku's stomach onto his arm, however the referee waves all protests away.
Son Heung-Min
S. Bergwijn
Tottenham Hotspur
61' The impressive Bergwijn is replaced by Son.
H. Winks
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
61' Winks comes on for Lucas.
58' Bowen latches onto a long Lanzini ball over the home defence but it just doesn't quite drop enough for him to get a shot at goal and Spurs clear after some momentary panic. Lloris did really well to get out quickly and close the angle.
56' Masuaku digs a cross out from the left that tries to find Bowen in the box, but Davies does well to get back and nod it behind before Bowen can send it goalwards.
54' Doherty sends a dangerous low cross in from the right that forces Diop into action. The defender gets a leg to it and it pops up and hits Lucas on the arm, which the referee spots and awards a free-kick for.
52' The Hammers have won their last two League Cup visits to their opponents here, in the 2013/14 quarter-final and the fourth round in the 2017/18 season.
50' Skipp lets fly with a half-volley from 30 yards out but it hits Bergwijn as it flies goalwards and deflects behind for a goal-kick.
48' Skipp is penalised for a heavy foul on Soucek in midfield. He's perhaps lucky to escape a booking there as he caught his opponent.
46' The visitors get us back underway for the second period.
The prize of a place in the semi-finals is a rewarding one, and we will surely have more excitement and goals before we know for sure who will be taking that spot. Which player will be the hero by the end of the game?
So we go to the break with the scoreline 2-1 to the hosts. It was a lively start to the game with both keepers being forced to work early before Spurs took the lead on 29 minutes. It came from brilliant interplay between Hojbjerg and Bergwijn, as a clever one-two created the space for Hojbjerg to roll it back to Bergwijn to finish. It was an almost instant response from West Ham though, as Lloris was forced into a couple of good saves from headers from Soucek before he was beaten by a Bowen shot into the bottom corner, after it fortunately came to the forward after a dragged effort by Vlasic. It was just two minutes before Spurs were back in front though, as more good work from Bergwijn led to him finding Lucas to fire low past Areola.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 2-1 WEST HAM
45' There will be two minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.
43' If Spurs win, they will get into the semi-finals of this competition for the 17th time. Before this season, only Liverpool have managed that feat.
41' Bergwijn again gets the ball to feet in the box, but this time his touch is poor and allows Dawson to get a leg out to intercept it before the Dutchman can turn and get a shot at goal.
39' Davies drills a cross in from the left but the direction is off and can't find any of his teammates in the penalty area.
J. Bowen
Yellow Card
West Ham United
37' Bowen goes in the book for dragging back Reguilon off the ball as the hosts came forward on the counter.
36' So close to another equaliser! It's Soucek again who arrives at the back post after a Lanzini cross. Skipp comes in with an unbelievable bit of defending to get a toe to it and send it out for a corner before it reaches the Czech midfielder at the back post, who surely would've finished it off.
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
34' Lucas makes it 2-1!!! What a game this has turned into. Bergwijn shows some great dribbling to weave into the box, taking it past Lanzini before getting to the byline and finding Lucas. The Brazilian makes no mistake with the finish as he fires it low and past Areola.
N. Vlašić
Assist
West Ham United
32' It was a shot really from Vlasic that managed to find Bowen in a good position in the box, who did the rest of the work by finishing brilliantly and rifling home.
J. Bowen
Goal
West Ham United
32' Bowen makes it 1-1!!! Vlasic receives the ball around 30 yards out before striding forward and taking a pop at goal. He drags it badly but luckily for him it goes straight to Bowen, who superbly turns and drags it back onto his right foot before firing it into the bottom left corner. It's fantastic from Bowen to get his side back into the game almost immediately.
31' Lloris makes another save from Soucek as the midfielder sends another header looping over. The French keeper scrambles back in time to tip it over the crossbar.
30' Lloris makes an outstanding save to deny Soucek from a looping header after a cross came over the right.
P. Højbjerg
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
29' It was great link-up play between Hojbjerg and Bergwijn to set up the goal.
S. Bergwijn
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
29' It's 1-0 to the hosts!!! Bergwijn is the scorer as he links up superbly with Hojbjerg. He receives the ball in the box from Hojbjerg whilst under pressure from Dawson, waits for the Danish midfielder to catch up with him before laying the ball off to him. Dawson goes to press the ball, leaving Bergwijn in acres of space in the middle of the box. Hojbjerg finds him with the return ball and Bergwijn duly finishes to put his side into the lead.
27' The pace has just slowed a little in the last couple of minutes as both teams look to hold onto possession of the ball for a little while.
25' The Hammers are attempting to get into the last four of the League Cup for the first time since the 2013/14 season. That year, they beat Spurs at the quarter-final stage to get there.
23' Reguilon stands over a free-kick in a very threatening position on the right-hand side of the West Ham box, however his delivery into the box is poor and pings off the wall and over the heads of everybody.
21' Reguilon gets to the byline before lofting a ball to the back post. Doherty is there to meet it, but his header isn't powerful enough and loops into Areola's hands.
20' Masuaku finds Vlasic in the box, who cuts onto his left. By the time he can get a shot away there are three Spurs defenders in his way and they combine to block it behind for a corner, which comes to nothing as Lloris again deals with it.
18' Masuaku wins a corner after his cross is deflected behind by Doherty. Lanzini sends the set-piece over, bending towards the goal and Lloris is forced again to punch it away.
16' Bowen fires over a free-kick from wide on the right that deflects to Lloris, who punches it clear.
14' These sides have met eight times in this competition before with both advancing to the next round four times each.
12' Kane is played in superbly by Lucas and the English striker sends a powerful effort back across goal with his left foot, however Areola shows strong hands to push it away from danger. That's the first real chance that either side have had so far.
10' Rice steps up for the free-kick but opts to shoot. He goes for power and gets it horribly wrong, flying well over Lloris' goal.
9' Davies brings down Vlasic, giving the Hammers a free-kick around 35 yards out from goal. Can they get a decent delivery into the box?
7' This has the feel of a proper derby about it so far, with a high tempo and lots of strong challenges going in. The referee Chris Kavanagh may have a busy night on his hands.
5' Moura drives towards the West Ham box before being brought down in a dangerous position by Soucek. Dier takes the free-kick but it's poor and doesn't get past the wall.
3' Young full-back Ashby tries to put in an early cross but he can't wrap his foot round it and it rolls straight to Lloris.
1' The hosts get this London derby underway.
The two teams make their way out onto the pitch ahead of kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Visiting boss David Moyes goes with four alterations from the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League last time out, with Areola starting over Lukasz Fabianski in goal while Johnson and Ashby come in at full-back. Vlasic also starts as Fornals drops to the bench while Michail Antonio misses out altogether.
Home manager Antonio Conte makes six changes from their exciting 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the league, with Skipp and Hojbjerg replacing Winks and Ndombele in midfield while Doherty and Reguilon are the wing-backs. Moura and Bergwijn will play either side of Kane up top, as Son and Alli drop to the bench.
SUBS: Darren Randolph, Jamal Baptiste, Ajibola Alese, Ryan Fredericks, Alex Kral, Mark Noble, Pablo Fornals, Said Benhrahma, Andriy Yarmolenko.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Alphonse Areola; Harrison Ashby, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Ben Johnson; Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice; Manuel Lanzini, Nikola Vlasic, Arthur Masuaku; Jarrod Bowen.
SUBS: Pierluigi Gollini, Emerson Royal, Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Matt Doherty, Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Reguilon; Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Steven Bergwijn.
The visitors meanwhile have reached the semi-finals having been victorious over both Manchester clubs, first beating United 1-0 at Old Trafford in the third round and then defeating City 5-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw. The Hammers have never won this competition but have finished runners-up twice, last doing so in 1981.
The hosts made it to this stage of the competition after beating Wolves on penalties in the third round and then Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor in the last round. This is the last trophy that Spurs won, doing so back in 2008 when overcoming Chelsea 2-1 in the final by virtue of a Jonathan Woodgate extra-time header.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the EFL Cup quarter-final clash between Tottenham and West Ham.