Spurs down Hammers and move into Cup semifinals
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham Hotspur wins a header over Tomas Soucek of West Ham United during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United were competing for a spot in the Carabao Cup semifinals at North London.

As expected, the London Derby was really competitive from beginning to end.

Both the Spurs and the Hammers showed strong sides to open the game, but it was Antonio Conte's side that came out on top with a 2-1 victory. 

Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura were the goalscorers for Tottenham while Jarrod Bowen scored West Ham's lone-goal. 

Tottenham were looking for revenge after the Hammers came out on top in the last meeting between the sides following a 1-0 win back in October.

Story of the game

First, the Dutchman scored for Spurs following a good link-up play in the penalty box between 'Stevie' and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. 

Few minutes later, Bowen made it 1-1 after a neat turn in the box to send Eric Dier the wrong way.

Spurs took the lead at last just two minutes after West Ham's goal. Great work from Bergwijn inside the six-yard box before pulling it back to Moura to score. 

Bergwijn was awarded Man of the Match after the game. 

Antonio Conte's statement

''The performance was good, I think, and we tried to control the game in the first part of it. We scored, then we conceded a goal that I think we were a bit unlucky,'' Conte said after the game. 

''Then we scored another goal. I liked the way we moved the ball in possession, we attacked the goal with many players. In the second half at one point, we started to pay a bit for the Covid situations. 

Many players who played today had Covid and at one point in the game the intensity dropped. For this reason I made substitutions. It was good not to concede a goal, to make the semi-final but I know that we had to manage this situation also on Sunday and then Tuesday. This period will be very tough for us. 

We had an important problem like Covid and I have to try to manage. I see the positive aspects because in this situation, I’m giving the possibility, the chance to my players to show me they deserve to play for Tottenham, to stay here. This is a positive aspect for sure.''

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