EFL CUP: Kane’s VAR-assisted penalty hands Spurs first-leg advantage


Harry Kane’s VAR-assisted penalty handed Tottenham a slim advantage in their Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea with a 1-0 first-leg win at Wembley last night.

Kane scored from the spot in the 26th minute after being scythed down by Kepa Arrizabalaga, with the video assistant referee ruling the England striker had stayed onside in the build-up.

Kane converted from 12 yards to move ahead of Cliff Jones on the club’s all-time list of scorers. He is fourth on the list with 160 goals after netting for the sixth successive game.

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The VAR-assisted penalty gave Spurs a win they probably did not deserve as Chelsea twice hit the woodwork, the hosts registered a third successive victory over their London rivals for the first time since 1963.

Maurizio Sarri, though, will be confident his side will be able to turn the deficit around in the second leg at Stamford Bridge in a fortnight, having performed far better than in their 3-1 defeat at the national stadium six weeks ago.

Chelsea’s defence were run ragged by Son Heung-min in that league fixture in November and they were given a reminder of the threat posed by the South Korean in the early exchanges.

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First he burst through and ended up on the floor after a tangle with Andreas Christensen before another foray carved out the first chance.

He caused panic down the right and the ball ended up with Kieran Trippier, whose cross was met by Kane’s ambitious overhead kick that went straight at Arrizabalaga.


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