Tottenham sneaked into the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup after beating Hull City 8-7 on penalties at White Hart Lane following a 2-2 result at the end of extra time. The home side had taken an early lead through Gylfi Sigurdsson, but an hapless own goal by Brad Friedel in the second half forced extra time between the two sides who were doubtless getting sick of the sight of each other after their Premier League meeting at the weekend.
It looked like there might be a reversal of Sunday’s result when Paul McShane put Hull ahead in the first period of extra time, but substitute Harry Kane equalized to send the contest to penalties. The prolonged shootout eventually came to an end when Friedel saved from Ahmed Elmohamady.
Once again, though, Steve Bruce’s side had given Spurs plenty of trouble. Andre Villas-Boas criticized his team’s own supporters following a narrow 1-0 win just three days ago, but they were certainly in full voice after Sigurdsson put Tottenham ahead in the 16th minute. The Icelander received the ball off of the left flank, controlled it with a delightful touch to get round a defender and then unleashed an unstoppable effort from almost 30 yards that will have challenged Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s recent effort for speed.
That wonderful effort was cancelled out eight minutes into the second half, though, by a goal that couldn’t have been more contrasting. A low cross was allowed to go all the way across the face of goal before Curtis Davies slid in to help it back along the edge of the six-yard box for what should have been a comfortable save for Friedel. Instead the experienced American unfathomably bundled the ball into his own net.
Things got even worse for the home side in extra time. Tottenham’s defending left a lot to be desired as McShane was allowed to power George Boyd’s corner past Friedel to put the visitors in front. But Hull could not hold their lead and Kane forced penalties with a neat turn and low shot into the corner of the net from 20 yards.
Tottenham could have claimed the shootout in regulation, but Erik Lamela followed Aaron McLean in failing to find the net. Instead Friedel atoned for his earlier error by saving from Elmohamady.
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