EFL Cup - Third Round
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Tottenham Hotspur win 4-2 on penalties

Tottenham 2-2 Watford (4-2 on penalties)

Dele Alli
Former MK Dons player Dele Alli captained Tottenham for the game in Milton Keynes

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli will remember his Milton Keynes homecoming "for all of his life", says manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Alli, who began his career at MK Dons, scored the winning penalty in a shootout as Tottenham beat Watford to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round.

The game was played at Stadium:MK as work continues on Spurs' new stadium.

Isaac Success put Watford ahead, goals from Alli and Erik Lamela made it 2-1 before Etienne Capoue equalised.

Success and Will Hughes scored for the Hornets in the shootout but Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga denied Capoue and Domingos Quina.

Son Heung-min, Lamela and Fernando Llorente converted Tottenham's opening three penalties before Alli - captain for the match - scored.

"I gave him the armband because it was so exciting for him to play here in his home town," said Pochettino.

"It is difficult for him to have another possibility to play here again and I wanted to provide him a very good feeling. I hope he appreciates a lot my gesture.

"He was inspired by the occasion. To play here he was so excited. The energy in the previous day was amazing."

England international Alli played 76 games for MK Dons, scoring 20 times, before joining Tottenham for £5m in 2015.

"We can feel here the love that the people feel for him and that was fantastic for us," added Pochettino.

"For him it is an experience he will remember for all of his life. To be Tottenham captain and score is a fantastic night for him."

A 'home' win for Tottenham

Tottenham expected to move into the 62,000-seater ground by 15 September, but the work has overrun, with no known date for its completion.

They played their first two home Premier League games of the season at Wembley, but that was unavailable for this tie after staging Saturday's world heavyweight title boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin.

That meant the four-time League Cup winners played a 'home' match more than 50 miles away from their new stadium, in front of a crowd of 23,650.

"I want to say thank you to our fans," said Pochettino.

"They need to be praised by myself on behalf of the players, the staff to come here and offer their support. They made a massive effort.

"Thank you to all the town of Milton Keynes and all the club - they welcomed us in a very good way. They helped us in every way."

Spurs through after late drama

The fans had to endure a poor first half with neither side having a shot on goal in the opening 20 minutes.

But 40 seconds after the interval Success ran through the middle of the Tottenham defence, held off a challenge from Serge Aurier and shot past Gazzaniga.

Watford goal
Isaac Success had also scored for Watford in their 2-0 win over Reading in the second round of the Carabao Cup

Tottenham went down to 10 men when Aurier had to leave the field injured after Pochettino had made his three substitutions.

However, substitute Christian Kabasele was dismissed only four minutes after coming on when he pulled down Alli for the equalising penalty.

Lamela put Spurs ahead with four minutes remaining with a calm finish from Mousa Dembele's through ball.

However, Capoue equalised against his former side when his shot deflected off Ben Davies.

Tottenham rested Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, while Watford made 10 changes from their last Premier League match.

More Watford woe in shootouts

  • This was the first time both Arsenal and Tottenham were playing 'home' games on the same day since 12 March, 1988. On that occasion Spurs lost 3-1 to Norwich in the old first division, with the Gunners going down 2-1 to Nottingham Forest in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
  • After seven shootout defeats in a row, Tottenham have won their last two in all competitions. Watford have now lost their past three shootouts.
  • Erik Lamela has scored three goals in five games in all competitions for Spurs this season, one fewer than he managed in 33 games last term.
  • Watford have been eliminated in all four League Cup ties against Spurs, losing 1-0 in the second round in 1975-76, 8-6 on aggregate in the second round in 1994-95 and 2-1 in the quarter-finals in 2008-09.
  • Tottenham have progressed from six of their past seven League Cup third-round ties, with their only defeat coming against rivals Arsenal in 2015-16.
  • Watford have lost 13 of their past 14 away matches in the League Cup against top-flight opponents, conceding 40 goals.

Gracia unhappy at red card - what they said

Watford manager Javi Gracia said: "We played really well but there were some decisions that were hard to accept.

"What I saw was Dele Alli and Christian Kabasele fighting for the ball and they both went to the ground.

"The penalty is one thing but I cannot understand the red card. With every game we play I'm more proud of my players, they have performed very well."

What's next?

Spurs, who are fifth in the Premier League, travel to Huddersfield on Saturday at 15:00 BST, when fourth-placed Watford face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 24Aurier
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 33Davies
  • 12WanyamaSubstituted forDembéléat 64'minutes
  • 8Winks
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 64'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 11LamelaBooked at 87mins
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forLlorenteat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 15Dier
  • 16Walker-Peters
  • 18Llorente
  • 19Dembélé
  • 21Foyth
  • 41Whiteman

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 23NavarroSubstituted forKabaseleat 77'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 6Mariappa
  • 15Cathcart
  • 11Masina
  • 24Wilmot
  • 21FemeníaSubstituted forHughesat 69'minutes
  • 14Chalobah
  • 20Quina
  • 12SemaSubstituted forCapoueat 84'minutes
  • 10Success

Substitutes

  • 18Gray
  • 19Hughes
  • 25Holebas
  • 27Kabasele
  • 29Capoue
  • 30Dahlberg
  • 37Pereyra
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
23,650

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2(4), Watford 2(2).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2(4), Watford 2(2).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2(4), Watford 2(2). Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Domingos Quina (Watford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2(3), Watford 2(2). Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2(2), Watford 2(2). Will Hughes (Watford) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2(2), Watford 2(1). Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty saved! Etienne Capoue (Watford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2(1), Watford 2(1). Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Watford 2(1). Isaac Success (Watford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Tottenham Hotspur 2, Watford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Watford 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) because of an injury.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Will Hughes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Watford 2. Etienne Capoue (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adrian Mariappa.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Davinson Sánchez.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Davinson Sánchez.

Booking

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Watford 1. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé following a fast break.

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Domingos Quina (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Etienne Capoue replaces Ken Sema.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Watford 1. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Dismissal

Christian Kabasele (Watford) is shown the red card.

Penalty Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Christian Kabasele (Watford) after a foul in the penalty area.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela tries a through ball, but Fernando Llorente is caught offside.

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Masina (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Christian Kabasele replaces Marc Navarro.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Attempt missed. Ken Sema (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Attempt missed. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Serge Aurier with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Lucas Moura.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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