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Summary

  1. Messi rebound after his pen is saved
  2. FT: Spurs 1-0 Sheffield United (semi-final)
  3. Townsend pen after McEveley handball
  4. Second leg at Bramall Lane on 28 January
  5. FT: Brighton 3-2 Ipswich, Fulham 3-2 Forest

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right then, that is all from us. I'll leave you with the Copa del Rey and League Cup reports and until next time, goodbye.

  2. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    That's probably the best result in terms of making things interesting in the second leg. Atletico are very much still in it with the one-goal deficit but that will encourage them to attack early on. Barcelona will also want to get an early goal to make things more comfortable.

    The second leg is in Madrid next Wednesday.

  3. FULL-TIME

    Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

  4. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Barcelona are keeping the ball inside Atletico's half. It looks like the hosts are going to secure this one-goal advantage going into the second leg.

  5. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    ...it is not great from Lionel Messi, though, as he curls the ball over the bar.

  6. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Three minutes of stoppage time and Barcelona win another free-kick, Lionel Messi drawing the foul out of Diego Godin right on the edge of the area, central. Messi territory...

  7. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Luis Enrique wants to protect this advantage and on comes defender Marc Barta for Andres Iniesta, while Atletico throw on forward Raul Jimenez for Gabi.

  8. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    How will Atletico react now? For so long they had seemed content to play for the draw, but will they go for it now? Four minutes remaining.

  9. GOAL

    Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid - Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi takes the penalty, it is straight at keeper Jan Oblak, who saves superbly but the Barcelona man is quick to react and stab in the rebound.

    Barcelona celebrate
  10. PENALTY TO BARCELONA

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Barcelona get their free-kick soon after as Guilherme Siqueira wrestles Lionel Messi to the ground, 25 yards from goal. He fancies the free-kick and drills it into the wall, but the referee awards a penalty when Sergio Busquets is adjudged to be fouled in the area by Gabi!

  11. YELLOW CARD

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    The Barcelona players and fans want a free-kick just outside the Atletico area when a Lionel Messi pass appears to strike the arm of an Atletico player. Luis Suarez is fuming, but his protestations only result in him being shown a yellow card.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Xavi

    That's the end of Ivan Rakitic's game as Barcelona boss Luis Enrique makes his first change of the game, bringing on Xavi for the final 14 minutes.

  13. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Luis Suarez wants a free-kick. He tries to pull away from Diego Godin and race on to a ball but goes to ground. He screams at the linesman but he made a meal of it to be honest.

  14. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    You get the feeling that neither manager will be too disappointed with a draw from this game. It lacks tempo as well as conviction from the players when they get shots away. Andres Iniesta tries his luck from distance, but Jan Oblak has the Barcelona midfielder's low drive well covered.

  15. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Luis Suarez

    Barcelona almost unlock the Atletico defence as some neat passing between Neymar and Lionel Messi ends with the ball being played just behind Luis Surez in the area. Suarez, with two Atletico players in close attention, then falls in the area clutching his face. He's looking for something, but not getting it.

  16. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Let's have your Copa del Rey predictions. Who will win this game and why? And which team do you think will win the whole tournament?

    Aashish: What Diego Simeone has done with Atletico Madrid is modern day footballing alchemy. 1-0 Atletico.

    Ahmad elRufa'i: Atletico can win here. They won't have much possession but move very quickly, are good at creating chances and are organised defensively.

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  17. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Diego Simeone

    Diego Simeone does indeed decide to make a change and midfielder Raul Garcia is on for Antoine Griezmann.

  18. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    There is very little creativity on show so far, Lionel Messi tries his best as he produces some trickery to dance along the edge of the box, but he is going nowhere and Atletico mop up. The away side are set to make a change.

  19. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico Madrid have their first foray forward in this half as Koke crosses into the area for Mario Mandzukic. It is a deep ball, too deep for Mandzukic who can only watch the ball fly out of play.

  20. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Jack Buchanan: With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in the team, surely Barcelona have to be the favourites.

    Josh Brannan: Barcelona will win this game, and they will win the Copa del Rey as well. But it won't be easy with Atletico.

    Ammar: Has any Liverpool striker played well after leaving them in the Premier League era? Seems like playing for them is a curse.

    Earlier, Luis Suarez blazed wildly over the bar from close range, while Fernando Torres was replaced at half-time, having seen his sole attempt on goal blocked by the legs of Gerard Pique.

    Get in touch with us know via 81111 on text (UK only) or tweet #bbcfootball.

  21. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Arda Turan battles for the ball

    Barcelona are showing Atletico Madrid plenty of respect and are a lot more cautious than we are used to seeing them. They are committing less players forward in their attacks than they do against most other sides and are instead trying to build patiently. It could take a while, if at all, before we see an opening goal.

  22. Manager reaction

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino on Sky Sports: "It was a tough game. I am happy for the result but we need to play the second leg in Sheffield and win. Sheffield United played very aggressive in the first half and cut every action, played narrow and deep and it was difficult.

    "Now we need to look forward and try to win the second game. It will be a difficult game, they played well and we need to go and be focused."

  23. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi is in full flight as he whizzes off down the right, crosses into the area for Neymar but Juanfran does enough to put the Brazil forward off and his header is no danger to Jan Oblak's goal.

  24. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Barcelona have the first attack of the game when Juanfran shows Jordi Alba too much space and he takes full advantage, racing away down the left before crossing into the area. The ball is headed away but only to Dani Alves, whose floated effort drifts wide of goal.

  25. Manager reaction

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough on Sky Sports: "We are still in the tie, although disappointed with the deficit. I thought we were comfortable at 0-0 and it is a mistake.

    "In the first half we were good and caused them problems. It is difficult to have the belief you can get a goal when you come here but I can't fault their work ethic or spirit.

    "We are in it, you heard the noise 4,000 fans were making and when 25,000 are in our place next week, it is going to be special. We are going to give it everything we can."

  26. KICK-OFF

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Fernando Torres

    Fancy Fernando Torres to add to his two goals against Real Madrid? Well it isn't going to happen. He is replaced at half-time by Mario Mandzukic and we are under way in the second half.

  27. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Still with us? Good, then let's have your Copa del Rey predictions. Who will win this game and why? And which team do you think will win the whole tournament?

    Let us know via 81111 on text (UK only) or tweet #bbcfootball

  28. Player reaction

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen talking to Sky Sports: "We wanted to keep a clean sheet and score a couple of goals, but one was not too bad. The clean sheet is very important. Sheffield United are a good team and I have much respect for them."

  29. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Stephen Benton: All I heard tonight is Blades fans. If you think White Hart Lane is noisy, wait until you come to the LANE!

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  30. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Lionel Messi

    Mauricio Pochettino takes his Tottenham squad north to Sheffield United for the second leg next Wednesday, with Nigel Clough's side still very much in this.

    Right, stick with us for reaction from the game but our main focus will switch now to the Copa del Rey, where Messi and the lads are in action.

  31. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "Yes it has been up and down for Spurs but they keep chipping away and getting those wins. But Emmanuel Adebayor has reached a stage where clubs have invested in him and not got much back, since his Arsenal days really. It would be a big risk for somebody to invest in his wages."

  32. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tottenham

    Spurs fans, was Emmanuel Adebayor a good choice as captain of your team tonight? Get your calls into BBC Radio 5 live 0500-909-693

  33. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid (21:00 GMT)

    Copa del Rey

    Luis Suarez

    We've reached the half-time break at the Nou Camp and it's honours even. Luis Suarez could have given Barcelona the lead when one-on-one with Jan Oblak but the former Liverpool striker fired over the bar. Earlier, Antoine Griezmann headed over when unmarked, wasting Atletico's best chance.

  34. Text us on 81111

    Jordan, Barnsley: After what Bradford did two years ago, I'm not writing off United's chances by any means.

    Bradford secured a 4-3 aggregate victory over Aston Villa to reach the League Cup final in 2013.

  35. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "That was a very well drilled side. Every player knew how to do their job and Nigel Clough had them well drilled. The Tottenham players are going off the pitch looking slightly disappointed. They know this is not over."

  36. FULL-TIME

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Sheffield United again push forward but there is not enough time to try and force an equaliser. The final whistle goes, but a good result for Sheffield United. This tie is far from over.

  37. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "I think Sheffield United have realised that Spurs have not been better than them. Their confidence has grown as the game heads towards its finish and are having a go."

  38. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Sheffield United, to their credit, are still pushing forward and Jamie Murphy curls a dipping effort wide.

  39. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    The fourth official walks to the edge of the pitch and holds up his board, three minute of time added on.

  40. SUBSTITUTION

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    A second change for Sheffield United as Kieran Wallace is on for Stefan Scougall, before Paulinho then fires a low shot straight at Mark Howard. Three minutes left for Tottenham to get a potentially title-deciding second, or Sheffield United to equalise.

  41. Text us on 81111

    Kieran in Kent: It's never nice to send a player off in a semi final, but a penalty for handball suggests it's deliberate. Isn't deliberate handball a booking? Seem to think it's in the "laws" of the game but stand to be corrected.

    Jay McEveley, who conceded the penalty for handball, had already been booked.

  42. Championship update

    It's all over in the night's Championship fixtures. Title hopefuls Ipswich have slipped up at Brighton, losing 3-2, while Fulham have beaten Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline at Craven Cottage.

  43. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Jamal Campbell-Ryce

    How has Jamal Campbell-Ryce still got so much energy? He has been running all game and he sets off on a swift counter after Tottenham loses possession but can't get his cross beyond a Tottenham shirt. He is at it again moments later, though, playing a 30-yard diagonal ball for Jose Baxter, but the midfielder can't quite direct his shot on target.

  44. SUBSTITUTION

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    There will be no FA Cup magic from Marc McNulty as the Sheffield United forward goes off, midfielder Jose Baxter is on in his place.

  45. Give us a call

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget the Radio 5 live social swings into life after the match at Bramall Lane has finished. What have you made of the semi-final? Will Spurs see it out next week or are the Blades still firmly in the hunt?

    Telephone 0500 909 693 or text 85058.

  46. Championship update

    There are four minutes of added time in each of the night's Championship fixtures. Brighton are leading Ipswich 3-2 and Fulham are beating Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline.

  47. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    A lapse of concentration and Jamal Campbell-Ryce loses the ball to Harry Kane, who races down the pitch and into the area but Chris Basham defends brilliantly to muscle Kane off the ball, which runs out of play.

  48. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid (21:00 GMT)

    Copa del Rey

    At the Nou Camp it's pretty much all Barcelona in terms of possession but Atletico are creating chances. Marc Ter Stegen saved from Ardu Turan before Fernando Torres could only fire into the legs of Gerard Pique. Neymar's early curled strike remains the best chance of the game so far however.

  49. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    Nigel Clough

    "Sheffield United seem to have settled and it does not seem to have rocked them too much. Nigel Clough will have drilled it into them that this is over two games."

  50. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Sheffield United are not looking to try anything foolish here. They have men back defending but they are containing the Spurs attack at the moment.

  51. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Tomer Tsur: Talk about handing Spurs the lead...

    Aashish: Playing volleyball in the penalty area - what he thinking?

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  52. SUBSTITUTION

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Tottenham make their final change as Paulinho trots on for Benjamin Stambouli. A 1-0 deficit is by no means a bad thing for Sheffield United going back to Bramall Lane, but this is going to be a long 15 minutes for the Blades.

  53. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    Jay McEveley

    "A nice penalty from Andros Townsend, he is a confident boy. Spurs don't deserve it but they are 1-0 up. The next five minutes are hugely important for Sheffield United now. This is a two-legged game, they need to stay concentrated. It is definitely a penalty, Jay McEveley just swings his arm at the ball. But I don't think Roberto Soldado is going to get on the end of it. McEveley just panics."

  54. GOAL

    Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd - Andros Townsend

    Andros Townsend

    Blades keeper Mark Howard dives the right way but Andros Townsend's penalty is well hit and bulges the back of the net. Advantage Spurs.

    Andros Townsend
  55. PENALTY TO TOTTENHAM

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Jay McEveley handles a ball into the box and it is a chance here for Tottenham, penalty...

  56. Championship update

    There could be a comeback on the cards at Brighton too, where Ipswich have got one back through Freddie Sears to make it 3-2. That's the former West Ham striker's first goal for the club.

    At Craven Cottage, Nottingham Forest still trail Fulham 3-2. About 10 minutes remaining in those games.

  57. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    Managers

    "Harry Kane gets a shot off and from there it is panic stations for Sheffield United. One player misses a clearance, then another misses a clearance, and in the end the referee blew the whistle, which kind of let them off. They can settle their nerves now."

  58. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    It feels like Sheffield United are now switching their focus to keeping things level as the intensity of their play has reduced. Tottenham are seeing more of the ball but are struggling to make it count, but there is a nervy moment in the Blades defence when Jay McEveley can't clear a Harry Kane shot and Roberto Soldado tries to capitalise, before the referee gives the away side a free-kick.

  59. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    Kyle Walker

    "Spurs need to find a different way of putting this Sheffield United team under pressure, because right now they are looking very comfortable. The away team just need to keep doing what they are doing. If there are any signs of tiredness, their players should just look up at the scoreboard - that will make them feel better."

  60. SUBSTITUTION

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Mauricio Pochettino does indeed make a change, in fact two. Emmanuel Adebayor goes off to a mixture of boos and some appreciative applause. He is replaced by Roberto Soldado, while Ryan Mason goes off with Mousa Dembele on in his place.

  61. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Tottenham appear to have identified the threat of Jamal Campbell-Ryce on the right and have nullified it in this half, meaning Sheffield United are having to switch their attacks to the other flank, where they are not having much joy. There looks to be movement on the Tottenham bench, Roberto Soldado preparing to come on.

  62. Text us on 81111

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Craig Scott, London: Alright Poch, Emmanuel Adebayor has had a go, it's not working. Harry Kane back to a central role with Roberto Soldado feeding. No time left to experiment in this match.

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  63. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid (21:00 GMT)

    Neymar

    Not much to report from the Nou Camp so far. Perhaps the most notable incident was a curling shot from outside the area by Neymar but his effort was saved Oblak in the Atletico goal.

  64. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Managers

    Tottenham are not helping themselves by making mistakes. Jamie Murphy pressures Benjamin Stambouli who gives away the ball and Sheffield United win a corner. Headed away.

  65. Scottish Premiership

    Celtic players celebrate

    Celtic heading to the top of the Scottish Premiership, as they lead Motherwell 2-0.

    Elsewhere it is Dundee 1-0 Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle 4-0 Hamilton and St Mirren 1-1 Dundee Utd.

    You can follow the action on our Scottish live text commentary.

  66. YELLOW CARD

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Jay McEveley is booked as he slides in on Andros Townsend, sweeping the Tottenham man off his feet. Free-kick on the edge of the area for Spurs, which Christian Eriksen pings in but the ball hits the legs of a Sheffield United player and the chance is gone.

  67. Championship update

    Is there a Nottingham Forest comeback on the cards at Craven Cottage? A first-half Ross McCormack hat-trick put Fulham 3-0 up but Henri Lansbury has just got his second of the night to make it 3-2. In the night's other Championship game, Brighton are 3-1 up at home to Ipswich.

  68. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Tottenham win a corner which is sent deep for Harry Kane, Blades defender Jay McEveley gets ahead of the striker and looks to deflect the ball behind but a goal kick is given. Kane is livid.

  69. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    Harry Kane

    "I am delighted to see Harry Kane has come off the left wing and has been moved in behind Emmanuel Adebayor where he is much more dangerous. Mauricio Pochettino must have been listening to us. Fair play to him, he has not been stubborn and has said: 'Get back in there Harry and get us a goal.'"

  70. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Mauricio Pochettino agrees with pretty much anyone who has been watching this game and has decided to play Harry Kane play central, behind Emmanuel Adebayor.

    This managing lark is easy.

  71. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Sheffield Untied start the second off as they did the first, putting Tottenham under pressure immediately. A quick counter sees the Blades win a corner when Jamie Murphy's cross is deflected behind, but Spurs survive the set-piece.

  72. Copa del Rey update

    Copa del Rey

    Bruno Soriano

    Earlier, in the first of the Copa del Rey quarter-final first legs, Villareal beat Getafe 1-0, defensive midfielder Bruno Soriano with the goal.

    Attention now turns to Barcelona, who are just under way at home to league champions Atletico Madrid. Malaga are hosting Athletic Bilbao in the evening's other 21:00 GMT kick-off.

    Tomorrow, Espanyol host Sevilla to compete the last eight.

  73. KICK-OFF

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    No changes for either side and we are back under way.

  74. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Roy Hodgson

    England boss Roy Hodgson is watching on from the stands tonight. Not sure there are many performances that will give him reason to scribble down some notes in his notebook. Tottenham need to step it up in the second half.

  75. Championship update

    It's half-time at White Hart Lane because of the earlier delay to kick-off, but tonight's Championship fixtures have already got under way for the second half. Brighton are leading title hopefuls Ipswich 3-1, and Fulham are beating Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline.

  76. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    "I am not happy about seeing Harry Kane out on the left-hand side. It makes no sense to me - he is a real threat in front of goal and has scored so many already this season. The England manager Roy Hodgson is here tonight, so Kane will be frustrated. I can understand that Mauricio Pochettino needs to get Emmanuel Adebayor playing football, and to get him on side, but it is not happening tonight anyway. There is a real lack of fitness, and a lack of sharpness."

  77. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Harry Hopwood: Sheffield United are holding their shape really well, proving tough to break down. The question is whether they can do it for 90 minutes.

    Lee Hounslow: Proving our fringe players not up to the job and Emmanuel Adebayor captain? Baffling! Mauricio Pochettino to make changes me think.

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  78. Half-time stats

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    League Cup

    Tottenham have had more of the possession and the only shot on target, but Mauricio Pochettino will be far from happy. He'll want this tie wrapped up in this leg and give himself the luxury of being able to rest a few more players for the return leg.

    For me, Emmanuel Adebayor as the lone striker, and Harry Kane stranded wide left is not working. Kane has failed to score in just three of his previous nine games, and Pochettino needs to make more of that threat tonight.

  79. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "Sheffield United have impressed me. The biggest credit I can give them is that you cannot tell which team is the Premier League side. They have all done their homework and look comfortable. They have probably had the better of the chances too. Jamal Campbell-Ryce looks a real danger, and if the visitors can just keep getting the ball to him out wide, the chances will come."

  80. HALF-TIME

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    The whistle goes and so far so good for Sheffield United. They've competed well with their Premier League opponents and limited Tottenham's threat to a couple of set pieces.

  81. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Harry Kane

    Ben Jones: How on earth does Emmanuel Adebayor push Harry Kane out to the left wing! Kane and Christian Eriksen getting in each other's way… Aaron Lennon on and Adebayor off!

    Ejikeme Ike IkeChi: Sheffield United will fancy their chances in making it to Wembley, they've been a perfect bunch. Good atmosphere at The Lane.

    Glyn Phillips: Hopefully Spurs' superior fitness will tell in the second half.

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  82. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Two minutes of stoppage and Tottenham have a free-kick. Can they make it count? No, Andros Townsend sends it into the area, aimed at Eric Dier, but this time he heads wide.

  83. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will have expected Sheffield United to have a go, but he won't be happy with what he has seen from his side in this game so far. Their only shot on target was the earlier Eric Dier header, but otherwise they have done next to nothing in the final third.

  84. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "What an effort that is from Stefan Scougall on his left foot, he is so unlucky. Spurs look a little lost. Credit to Sheffield United. From kick-off they have been right at them, and have looked comfortable in possession themselves. They are not allowing Spurs to settle."

  85. CLOSE!

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    A nervy Ben Davies squanders possession on the edge of his own area and Sheffield United almost make him pay as Stefan Scougall picks up the ball, opens up space for himself but drives a shot narrowly wide.

  86. Championship update

    It's been a busy night in the Championship so far. Just before the half-time break Joao Teixeira adds another for Brighton, who are now 3-1 up at home to Ipswich, and there's been another goal at Craven Cottage too. This time it's not Ross McCormack. Nottingham Forest have got one back against Fulham, whose lead is cut to 3-1. Henri Lansbury with the goal.

  87. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Harryrob: Emmanuel Adebayor doesn't fit the style of play of this Spurs side. Is he just being put in the shop window?

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  88. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Harry Kane has been stranded out on the left for much of this half and it has weakened his attacking threat. He decides enough is enough and cuts into the middle but shoots from distance and Bob Harris gets the block in.

  89. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Emmanuel Adebayor will want to win over the boo boys tonight, but he won't with shots like this. In fairness, his approach play was great as he timed his run to perfection to bring a long ball under control, but gets his shot horribly wrong, lashing over with just Blades keeper Mark Howard to beat.

  90. Team news

    Barcelona v Atletico Madrid (21:00 GMT)

    The first leg of the Copa del Rey tie between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid kicks off at 21:00 GMT. No shortage of stellar names...

    Barca XI:1. Ter Stegen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Alba, Alves

    Atletico XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira, Mario Suárez, Gabi, Koke, Arda, Griezmann, Torres

  91. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "Jamal Campbell-Ryce does that so well, driving at players and getting the ball into the box. The Sheffield United players know he is always available as an outlet, and you can tell a player is performing well if his team are always looking to get the ball to him. He feels he's got Ben Davies' number tonight."

  92. Championship update

    Mick McCarthy and Chris Hughton

    Another goal at the Amex, where Brighton have re-taken the lead at home to title hopefuls Ipswich. Joao Teixeira beats three players before firing home, although there may have been a slight deflection on the shot. Approaching half-time there, and at Craven Cottage, where Fulham lead Nottingham Forest 3-0 - Ross McCormack with all of the goals.

  93. Post update

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    Jamal Campbell-Ryce

    Jamal Campbell-Ryce has the measure of Ben Davies and he knows it. He tries to muscle his way past the Tottenham left-back, who has to get a foot in and concede a corner. Half-an-hour in and there's no goals, but it's a cracking cup tie.

  94. Post update

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    Tottenham have a bit of momentum now and come forward again as Harry Kane twists, turns and crosses just inside the area, but the ball hits Chris Basham who then clears.

  95. Championship update

    It's a first-half hat-trick for Fulham's Ross McCormack. The Cottagers are now cruising, 3-0 up at home to Stuart Pearce's Nottingham Forest. Down on the south coast, Brighton and Ipswich are level at 1-1.

  96. CLOSE!

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    Eric Dier

    Tottenham reply with an even better chance moments later. Andros Townsend drives in a free-kick and Eric Dier gets a little flick with his head but Blades keeper Mark Howard parries behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.

  97. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Just over 20 minutes and the best chance so far falls to Sheffield United as Jamal Campbell-Ryce fizzes a dangerous-looking ball across goal, all it needs is a little touch from one of his team-mates but no-one can get to it in time and the ball flies just wide of the far post.

  98. Post update

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    Nigel Clough and Mauricio Pochettino

    Nigel Clough and Mauricio Pochettino are chatting away on the touchline. A little smile from Clough, it's all good natured. Not too much for Pochettino to smile about with regards to what is happening on the pitch. Tottenham have been second best in the opening exchanges.

  99. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "Emmanuel Adebayor caught Louis Reed with his arm but it was not intentional. I think Adebayor sticks his hand out just to hold him off, and because there is a distinct difference in height he ended up catching him in his face unfortunately. I don't think it was vital conduct. Spurs are getting more and more frustrated at the minute. Sheffield United have started well. "

  100. YELLOW CARD

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Spurs skipper Emmanuel Adebayor goes in referee Neil Swarbick's book after pushing off Louis Reed with his arm, with the Blades man buzzing around him as he tries to steal possession.

  101. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Neil Knighton: Good to see Mauricio Pochettino not underestimating Sheffield United. Hopefully get this game killed within an hour then rest Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.

    Jamie Thompson: White Hart Lane at full voice is the best stadium in the country for me. Sounds fantastic tonight.

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  102. Post update

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    Kyle Walker

    Marc McNulty, who scored the winner against Southampton in the previous round, shows his teeth for the first time as he runs at the Tottenham defence, who back off. His shot is blocked but the ball falls to Louis Reed, who then finds Jamal Campbell-Ryce but his cross is cleared by Kyle Walker.

  103. Post update

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    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "Spurs just need to settle themselves down. It is alright saying they know it will be a tough game, but they have started sloppily. They need to step it up a notch now. Things have got to be harder for Sheffield United."

  104. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Sheffield United are giving Tottenham players no time on the ball and are pushing forward at every opportunity, as well as tracking back quickly when they need to defend. It is impressive stuff from the League One side, but can they keep this kind of tempo up for the full 90 minutes?

  105. Championship update redux

    Naturally as soon as we bring you news of Brighton taking the lead, Ipswich level. Daryl Murphy with his 18th league goal of the season to make it 1-1. About 25 minutes played there.

  106. Post update

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    Harry Kane

    Tottenham win the first corner of the game which Andros Townsend takes, no Sheffield United player can clear and the ball runs through to Harry Kane. You'd fancy the big man to get a decent shot off but no, the ball squirms away from him as a result of a poor first touch and the chance is gone.

  107. Championship update

    There's been another goal at Craven Cottage and it's another one for Ross McCormack. Fulham now lead 2-0 over Nottingham Forest.

    There's been a goal at the Amex Stadium too and it's good news for Bournemouth fans - Brighton have taken the lead against Ipswich, Sam Baldock with a screaming drive to open the scoring.

  108. Post update

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    Tottenham are defending again as Jamie Murphy wriggles into the box from the left before cutting the ball back to Michael Doyle on the edge of the area, the Blades skipper is leaning back, though, and scoops high into the stands.

  109. Post update

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    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    Nigel Clough

    "What a start from Sheffield United. There was a period there when they had four players in the Tottenham box. That shows you the intent they have - Nigel Clough has told his players to go out and win this game."

  110. Post update

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    Sheffield United are getting it wide at every opportunity and Jamal Campbell-Ryce races away down the flank. He has loads of space ahead of him but his cross is poor and Tottenham again sweep up.

  111. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    Sheffield United are off the team bus and out of the blocks at a fair old pace as they embark on the first attack of the game. Jamal Campbell-Ryce performs a step over too many on the right side of the area and loses the ball to Ben Davies, who hoofs clear. A good start from the League One side, though.

  112. Post update

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    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    Ryan Flynn

    "White Hart Lane is the type of place that if Spurs get a head of steam the game becomes very hard. The game can be taken away from you before you get into it. These opening 15 minutes are vital for Sheffield United. They will have confidence from beating top sides in previous rounds, but they have to look at this as a two-legged game and you do approach that differently. They need to make sure they go back to Bramall Lane with something."

  113. Post update

    Tottenham 0-0 Sheff Utd

    A few shouts at his team-mates from Emmanuel Adebayor and we are up and running.

  114. Post update

    Tottenham v Sheff Utd (20:00 GMT)

    Looks like supporters have quickly polished off their pre-match pies and taken their seats as the stadium has quickly filled up. Pre-match handshakes done, we are a minute away from this League Cup semi-final first-leg tie getting under way.

  115. Championship update

    While we're still waiting for the players to emerge at White Hart Lane, Fulham have taken the lead against Nottingham Forest in west London. It's Ross McCormack who's opened the scoring, curling a shot into the corner after a lay-off from Hugo Rodallega. It's still 0-0 between Brighton and Ipswich in the night's other Championship fixture, after just over 10 minutes played.

  116. Text us on 81111

    Your team's greatest giant-killing

    On the back of Sheffield United's impressive record against Premier League sides, what is the most memorable giant-killing your side has achieved?

    Adrian Sheffield: The other side of the Steel City, Sheffield Wednesday, beating mighty Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United on the way to the League Cup trophy in 1991.

    Chris, Hitchin: Stevenage 3-1 Newcastle. Our debut season in the Football League and we bossed the match for 90 minutes, as well as avenging Alan Shearer's goal that never was from our previous meeting in 1998.

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  117. Post update

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    Tottenham

    The players have completed their warm-ups at a less-than-full White Hart Lane and trotted off back down the tunnel. Kick-off coming up in five minutes.

  118. Post update

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    Form

    Sheffield United's league form has been patchy to say the least. They've only won one of their last eight League One games but seem to be able to turn it on in the cups. Will they do it again tonight?

  119. Post update

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    Mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to Sky Sports: "I need always to pick the best team for every game. We decided to pick Adebayor and I think we will try to win the game, play better than Sheffield United and get a positive result.

    "We know that Sheffield United are a very good team, we watched a lot of their games recently. We are aware and we need to play in our way and understand that this is a cup semi-final."

  120. Text us on 81111

    Your team's greatest giant-killing

    On the back of Sheffield United's impressive record against Premier League sides, what is the most memorable giant-killing your side has achieved?

    Luke Parsons: Crawley beating Derby in the FA Cup in 2011 to set up a tie at Old Trafford! Sergio Torres was the hero that day.

    Paul B: Most memorable giant-killing for me was Tranmere v Southampton at Prenton Park 20 February 2001. Three goals down by half-time, the game was a write off. A second-half hat-trick from Paul Rideout and a winner from Stuart Barlow set up a quarter-final against local rivals Liverpool. Easily the most adrenaline-filled 45 minutes of my life.

    Tim, Benfleet: Think it was in the 2006 League Cup, Southend 1-0 Manchester United. Freddy Eastwood with a stunning free-kick.

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  121. One to watch - Marc McNulty

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    Marc McNulty

    It sounds like Sheffield United will be keeping attacks to minimum tonight but if they do get a chance expect Marc McNulty to be involved.

    The forward has enjoyed a superb first season at the Blades and scored the winner against Southampton in the previous round, as well as bagging in the recent FA Cup win against QPR.

    In total, McNulty has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances.

  122. Post update

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    Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough, speaking to Sky Sports: "We are a bit later than we would have liked. We stayed five miles away and it took us two-and-a-half hours. How will it affect us? I'll tell you after 10 minutes. We used to have this problem a lot when I was playing and had the kit on the bus.

    "We have had our breaks in the cup games certainly more than in the league. The approach is to stay in the tie, that is the most important thing. If we can go get a goal we will do but the main thing is to ensure we keep it close for the return leg."

  123. Text us on 81111

    Your team's greatest giant-killing

    On the back of Sheffield United's impressive record against Premier League sides, what is the most memorable giant-killing your side has achieved?

    Steve, Wakefield: How's about Scarborough beating Chelsea 3-2 in the League Cup in October 1989?

    Chris, Bradford: Of course the biggest upset was Bradford going all the way to Wembley in 2013 beating Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa over two legs. Even 5-0 in the final couldn't diminish the memories of that run!

    Nick, Yorkshire: It WILL be Cambridge United beating Manchester United reserves this Friday in the FA Cup...

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  124. Hard work to pay off?

    Tottenham v Sheff Utd (19:45 GMT)

    Mauricio Pochettino

    A bit of adrenaline may have been wasted by the late kick-off drama so it might be worth the Sheffield United players having a bit of a breather before kick-off, as they may need to conserve energy given Tottenham's habit of scoring late goals this season.

    Christian Eriksen's late winner against Sunderland on Saturday means Spurs have now earned 10 Premier League points thanks to goals in the 88th minute or later.

  125. Post update

    Tottenham v Sheff Utd (20:00 GMT)

    It's all good for Sheffield United as the players are out on the pitch going through their warm-up routine. How late do you have to be before a decision is made to change into your kit on the bus?

  126. Post update

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    Nigel Clough

    Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, speaking to the club's website: "The priority is to stay in the tie. We must give ourselves a chance coming back to Bramall Lane. That is the incentive. I don't think we are equipped to defend for 90 minutes, we are not that sort of team. Any time we have gone away and done well we have not been under the cosh for the whole game. Spurs are capable of putting us under the cosh for 90 minutes, but I am hoping it does not work out like that.

    "I think being two goals down still gives us a chance. If it's three goals then you are talking beyond, but to be two goals down, and then get a goal in the home tie, anything happens from there."

  127. Text us on 81111

    Your team's greatest giant-killing

    On the back of Sheffield United's impressive record against Premier League sides, what is the most memorable giant-killing your side has achieved?

    Paul Flynn, Sheffield: The second greatest moment of my footballing life was when Port Vale beat Spurs 2-1 back in 1988. A fantastic goal by the legend and midfield maestro Ray Walker sealed the victory. The greatest moment was also in the cup when we beat our nearest rivals Stoke 3-1. The hairs on the back of my neck are still standing.

    Tim, Battersea: Re: 18:30 - I was at Sheffield University in 1993. Went to that match on a cold March night, temperature seemed to drop five degrees every time United scored. Everyone in my lecture class the next morning knew I was a Spurs fan. Happy memories...

    Sam: Shrewsbury 2-1 Everton with Nigel Jemson's free kick!

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  128. Will Blades party like it's 1999?

    Tottenham v Sheff Utd (20:00 GMT)

    Harry Kane
  129. Premier League players 'too soft'

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    Jose Baxter

    If Tottenham players don't fancy getting stuck into a bit of a physical tussle tonight, they will hope Jose Baxter does not come off the bench for Sheffield United.

    The midfielder reckons the Premier League is too soft and says he has got no time for the 'matey-matey' football played in the top flight.

    "Premier League teams aren't used to getting barged about, people in the faces, kicking them and not helping them up when they get kicked. It works for us," says Baxter. "There's a lot of matey matey stuff in the Premier League. I've got a couple of mates in football but I don't like it at all - hugging and kissing each other before games and all that."

  130. Should have walked...

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    Sheffield United
  131. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Matthew Parkin: How can Adebayor with zero leadership skills be appointed captain? It's an insult to the other 10 players!

  132. "Adebayor is... different"

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    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "I think Emmanuel Adebayor will look back at certain parts of his career and feel disappointed he has not gone on to be the great he could have been. He has been... what is the word I'm looking for... a 'different' character at times. He is the kind of player who gets off to a flyer when a new manager comes in, but then inevitably his form drips away."

  133. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    What is the most memorable giant-killing your side has achieved?

    Freddy Harper-Davis: Plymouth's biggest ever giant killing was when we beat West Brom away in the 1983-84 FA Cup. Got all the way to the semi-finals.

    Anthony Barrett: For Milton Keynes, beating Manchester United 4-0 in the League Cup earlier on in this year's tournament.

    David Palmer: Has to be Manchester Untied 0-1 Leeds United FA Cup third round 2010. The first side from League One to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

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  134. Copa del Rey

    Barcelona v Atletico Madrid (21:00 GMT)

    Lionel Messi

    If all of that is not enough to keep you entertained for the next few hours then how about a bit of Lionel Messi v Fernando Torres?

    Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey at 21:00 GMT and we will seamlessly transit from a chilly White Hart Lane to the Nou Camp to bring you all the action from Spain once tonight's League Cup tie is over.

  135. Africa Cup of Nations

    If international football is your bag, we are all over that too as the Africa Cup of Nations continues.

    Gabon take on Congo and the former will be the first country to qualify for the quarter-finals if they defeat their central African neighbours.

    Find out if they do in our Africa Cup of Nations live text commentary.

  136. Post update

    Scottish Premiership

    There's also Scottish Premiership action with four games taking place.

    Celtic can return to the top of the table with a home victory over Motherwell - a result the visitors will be desperate to avoid as they battle against being dragged into the relegation zone.

    Elsewhere, second-bottom St Mirren bid to stretch their three-point advantage over basement side Ross County, who are not in action this midweek. The Buddies are up against Dundee United, who have ambitions of their own. The Tangerines will return to third place if they win in Paisley.

    Partick Thistle host high-flying Hamilton Academical and Kilmarnock visit fellow bottom six side Dundee.

    Follow all the action in our separate live text commentary page.

  137. What's going on elsewhere?

    Championship preview

    Well we might have a kick-off delay in the League Cup, but there's no such concern in the two games in the Championship taking place later.

    Ipswich could go top of the Championship if they win at Brighton, who have not won at home since 1 November. Mick McCarthy's side are third with 50 points and taking three points will be enough to knock Bournemouth off top spot.

    Meanwhile, Fulham host a Nottingham Forest side looking to build on their impressive win against rivals Derby last time out. That was Stuart Pearce's side's first win in nine games.

    Both of those kick-off at 19:45 GMT and we'll keep you updated of the scores from those games.

  138. Delay to favour Sheffield United?

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    Former Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

    "A kick-off delay can work both ways, a lot of players like to get there early and enjoy the moment, and a lot of players have rituals they like to stick to. But on the flip side, too much time can play on your nerves. Sheffield United are going to have to turn up get themselves ready and just play the game, and it might work in their favour, who knows?"

  139. Blades on a bus

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    So the Sheffield United team coach is stuck in traffic. Are you on your way to White Hart Lane? Can you see the Blades bus? If so, and if it is safe to do so, send us a picture to #bbcfootball

  140. Post update

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    Tottenham
  141. Team news

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    Three changes for Nigel Clough's Sheffield United from the side that were beaten 1-0 by MK Dons on Saturday in League One.

    Defender Chris Basham returns to the side after suspension, with Ryan Flynn and Louis Reed also starting. Ten-goal top goalscorer Marc McNulty starts, as does Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who netted twice in his side's 3-0 win against Premier League QPR in the third round of the FA Cup earlier this month.

    Sheffield United XI: Howard, Flynn, Basham, McEveley, Harris, Campbell-Ryce, Doyle, Reed, Murphy, Scougall, McNulty.

  142. Post update

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    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "We have a delay to kick-off and at the minute I am told the police are not giving Sheffield United an escort and therefore we cannot tell you exactly when the kick-off will be. The officials have to give the players 45 minutes to warm up before the game starts. It could be that we are looking at 20:00 GMT kick-off, and conceivably we could be looking at an 20:15 kick-off."

  143. BreakingKICK OFF DELAYED

    Tottenham v Sheff Utd (19:45 GMT)

    Tottenham have now confirmed that kick-off has been delayed and the game will get under way at 20:00 GMT.

  144. Kick-off delayed?

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    Sheffield United
  145. Team news

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    Tottenham

    So as mentioned, Emmanuel Adebayor returns to the side and is named as Tottenham's captain, while Michel Vorm comes in for Hugo Lloris, who is not in his side's 18-man squad. There are also starts for Ben Davies, Andros Townsend and Ryan Mason, but there is no place in the 18 for Kyle Naughton as he looks set to move to Swansea in a £5m transfer.

    Tottenham XI: Vorm, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies; Townsend, Mason, Stambouli, Eriksen; Adebayor (c), Kane.

    Wondering why there is no Sheffield United team news yet? Well the next entry might explain things...

  146. Naughton heading to Swansea

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    Walker is not the only Blades fan in the Tottenham squad, with Kyle Naughton having also come through the youth ranks at the South Yorkshire side.

    However, the full-back is unlikely to be cheering either side on tonight, as he closes in on a £5m move to Swansea, who are hopeful of completing the deal for the England Under-21 international within the next 24 hours.

  147. Home or away for Walker jnr?

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    Sheffield United

    For Tottenham's Kyle Walker, there is more at stake tonight than simply ensuring Tottenham are not on the end of a shock defeat.

    The defender is from a family of huge Sheffield United supporters and is a Blades fan himself. He also came through the club's youth system before joining Tottenham in 2009.

    Walker's three-year-old lad Roman will be watching from the stands tonight, but will it be in the home or the away end?

    "I'm a Blade so he's a Blade," says Walker. "He's got both a Tottenham and a Sheffield United kit but he might not be allowed to wear his Sheffield United one at White Hart Lane because he'll be in the home end so he might have to settle for wearing the Tottenham one."

    Half-and-half scarf as a compromise?

  148. Text us on 81111

    Your team's greatest giant-killing

    On the back of Sheffield United's impressive record against Premier League sides, what is the most memorable giant-killing your side has achieved?

    Andrew, Richhill: Manchester United 0-3 York City in the 1995-96 League Cup at Old Trafford. The same Manchester United that went on to win the double that season, and that had Dennis Irwin, Phil Neville, Lee Sharpe, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs in the starting line-up.

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  149. Adebayor shrugs off boos

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    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Thoughts on the team, Tottenham fans?

    Interesting to see Emmanuel Adebayor start. The 30-year-old was booed by a section of the Spurs fans when he made an appearance as a second-half substitute in Tottenham's 2-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday. That was his first appearance for nine weeks because of injury, illness and a period of compassionate leave.

    "I don't want to understand it, but for me, I am not here to win any fans back. I just want to do my job as a professional," Adebayor said about the jeers. "With my age, to be honest with you, I don't want to look because, no matter what you do, there will always be some that hate you."

  150. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

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    Emmanuel Adebayor starts his first game for Tottenham since 2 November and captains the side. Michel Vorm is in goal.

    Tottenham XI: Vorm, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies; Townsend, Mason, Stambouli, Eriksen; Adebayor (c), Kane.

  151. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tottenham

    BBC 606: What are your predictions for tonight's League Cup semi-final? #bbcfootball

  152. Coming up on BBC TV and radio

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    You can listen to full coverage of tonight's game on BBC Radio 5 live, where former Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas joins Ian Dennis in the commentary box. There'll be build-up from White Hart Lane from 19:00 GMT.

    And later you can watch highlights of both semi-finals, including yesterday's 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea, on The League Cup Show. That's on BBC One at 23:15 for viewers in England and Wales, 23:45 for viewers in Northern Ireland, and 00:15 for viewers in Scotland.

  153. Post update

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    Whatever the score at White Hart Lane, the outcome of the tie will not be decided tonight. The League Cup semi-final is, of course, a two-legged affair with the second-leg taking place at Bramall Lane in exactly one week.

    Blades to be out of sight by then...?

  154. Post update

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    Sheffield United
  155. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Your team's greatest giant-killing

    League Cup

    Sheffield United fans have a few to pick from, but what is the most memorable giant-killing your side has achieved?

    I'll kick things off with mine: League Cup, October 1999 - Chelsea 0-1 Huddersfield. Kenny Irons with an absolute screamer. Great scenes.

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  156. Easier said than done

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    Let's be honest, the cup romantics will be rooting for a Sheffield United win tonight, but that's easier said than done against a strong Tottenham side.

    Spurs have won seven of their last 10 games in all competitions, losing just once.

    And as good as Sheffield United's record against higher division opposition is, Tottenham's against lower division sides is even better. They have won 11 of their last 12 League Cup games against teams from leagues below them.

  157. Post update

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    Love a good old fashioned tale of David downing Goliath? Then you have come to the right place because if there is a team that has proven pedigree of pulling off an upset, it is Sheffield United.

    Already this season they have seen off West Ham, Southampton and QPR in cup competitions, while Aston Villa and Fulham fell victim to them in last season's FA Cup. In total they have only lost twice in 19 cup games under Nigel Clough.

    No doubt about it, they'll fancy themselves at White Hart Lane tonight.

  158. Blades to cut down another giant?

    For Tottenham fans of a certain age, thinking back to 2 March 1993 might make them wince...

    Sheffield United

    ...it was on that day Spurs suffered one of their heaviest defeats - a 6-0 hammering by Sheffield United, Brian Deane among the scorers that day, Teddy Sheringham failing to impress for Spurs.

    Teddy Sheringham

    Two divisions and 45 places separate the two sides today as they meet in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. It is a gap that suggests a Tottenham defeat, let alone one as heavy as they suffered in the Premier League 22 years ago, is unlikely.

    But then, the League One Blades certainly know a thing or two about giant killing....