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Kane’s penalty gives Spurs the edge

DTNext 2019-01-10 00:00:00

Tottenham Hotspur gained a slender advantage in its League Cup semi-final against London rival Chelsea as Harry Kane’s penalty earned it a gritty 1-0 first-leg win at Wembley.

Harry Kane (centre) got on the scoresheet for a sixth time in a row in all competitions London: Kane’s 26th minute spot-kick, his 160th goal for the club, was awarded after a lengthy, but correct, VAR decision. Maurizio Sarri’s side was twice denied by the woodwork and it dominated the second half as Tottenham dug deep.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team began brightly and had a shout for a penalty in the opening minutes when Dele Alli played a magnificent pass through to Son Heung-min, who appeared to be knocked off balance by Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen. Kane then tested keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with an acrobatic overhead volley.
VAR has had a mixed reception, but the technology proved correct to give Tottenham the edge ahead of the second leg, which will be held at Stamford Bridge on January 24.
There appeared little doubt that Kane was taken out by Arrizabalaga as he rounded the Spanish keeper, but referee Michael Oliver initially did not award a penalty. He checked, firstly whether Kane had been onside in the build-up, and then whether indeed there had been contact.
Eventually Oliver pointed to the spot and produced a yellow card, rather than a red, for Arrizabalaga and Kane drilled his spot-kick low into the corner to score for the sixth successive match in all competitions.