It was a wonderful night at White Hart Lane when Tottenham defeated Arsenal 5 – 1 in the Carling Cup semi-final to progress to the Final at Wembley against Chelsea.
Tottenham On This Day
22nd January, 2008
Tottenham Hotspur 5 Arsenal 1
Scorers: Jenas, Keane, Lennon, Malbranque, Opp. o.g.
Team: Cerny; Chimbonda, Dawson, King, Lee; Lennon (Huddlestone), Jenas, Tainio, Malbranque; Berbatov (Defoe), Keane (Boateng) Subs: (Unused) Robinson, O’Hara
After the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final at the Emirates, Tottenham and Arsenal were all-square at 1 – 1. A late equaliser by Theo Walcott with 11 minutes to play had cancelled out the Spurs goal scored by Jermaine Jenas after 37 minutes.
Could Spurs make it through to the Final? The previous season Spurs had lost out to Arsenal at the same stage of the competition, although, then, the 2nd leg had been away.
As in the semi-final tie against Chelsea at White Hart Lane in 2002, Spurs had the best possible start with an early goal. Jenas was on the score sheet after 3 minutes. As the night progressed, it only got better with an own goal after 27 minutes increasing Spurs advantage.
Nervous tension filled White Hart Lane as Spurs fans were mindful that their north London neighbours had recovered from a two goal deficit the previous season to draw the 1st leg game. Two ahead at the interval, a goal by Robbie Keane, three minutes after the re-start brought the Wembley dream ever closer.
After an hour, Aaron Lennon made it 4 – 0 only for Emmanuel Adebayor, the ‘scourge of Tottenham’ to maintain his goalscoring record against Spurs and pull a goal back ten minutes later.
In the 90th minute, Steed Malbranque made the evening, the victory and the world complete with the fifth and final goal to secure a memorable victory.
Juande Ramos’ Tottenham team would face another London derby at Wembley, Chelsea having won the other semi-final tie.