Mauricio Pochettino called for Arsenal to take “responsibility” after Tottenham star Dele Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd during his side’s 2-0 League Cup quarterfinal win on Wednesday.
South Korea forward Son Heung-Min put Tottenham ahead and Alli increased their advantage as they won at the Emirates Stadium for the first time in 10 visits dating back to 2010. The England midfielder’s decisive contribution provoked a disgraceful reaction form an Arsenal fan, who threw a plastic bottle that struck Alli on the back of the head in the 73rd minute.
Ali rubbed his head but appeared unharmed as he responded by gesturing towards the Arsenal fans to indicate the scoreline. “It is what it is. It made the goal even sweeter, and the win,” Alli said with a smile.
Tottenham have not won a major prize since lifting the League Cup in 2008 and they will face London rivals Chelsea over two legs for a place in the final. Eden Hazard came off the bench to score Chelsea’s 84thminute winner in their 1-0 victory against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. “Chelsea is a great team and it’s going to be very tough but we are excited,” Pochettino said.
In the other semi-final, holders Manchester City take on third-tier Burton. Against the run of play, Tottenham gave a thrilling glimpse of their class as they snatched the lead with a lethal counter-attack in the 21st minute. When Lucas Moura’s aerial challenge deflected the ball into Alli’s path, the Tottenham midfielder instinctively clipped a superb pass over the Arsenal defense. Son anticipated the delivery with a perfectly-timed run behind the flat-footed Nacho Monreal and kept his nerve to slot a fine finish past Petr Cech.
(League Cup quarterfinals)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
(Son Heung-min 20, Dele Alli 59)
Eden Hazard 84)