Tottenham vs Brentford result: Player ratings as Spurs book their place in Carabao Cup final

Spurs 2-0 Brentford: Sissoko and Son sent Jose Mourinho’s side to Wembley

Karl Matchett
Tuesday 05 January 2021 22:00 GMT
Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko (Getty Images)

Tottenham beat Brentford 2-0 on Tuesday night to book their place in the Carabao Cup final.

Spurs took the lead barely more than 10 minutes into the game, with Sergio Reguilon’s cross headed in by an unmarked Moussa Sissoko.

The Championship side did get into the game and enjoyed spells of possession, but the closest the game came to a second goal in the first half was a misdirected Ivan Toney header toward his own goal, saved by David Raya.

READ MORE: Premier League table and all fixtures by date and kick-off time

Serge Aurier had to make a huge block on Toney to prevent an equaliser within minutes of the restart, before Toney’s close-range header was ruled out for offside after a VAR review - and Son Heung-min wrapped it up with a run through the centre and clinical finish before Josh Dasilva’s late red card. Here are the player ratings from the semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


Hugo Lloris - 6. Reasonable handling in aerial work but will be relieved Brentford’s goal was ruled out after he couldn’t hold on.

Serge Aurier - 7. Got forward as usual but made a first-class block on a near-certain goal, too - then skied a great chance of his own.

Davinson Sanchez - 6. Fortunate not to concede a penalty in the second half.

Eric Dier - 7. Defended well against the movement of the away team’s front line but Spurs are better when it’s he and Alderweireld together.

Sergio Reguilon - 7. Some excellent crosses including an assist for the opener.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - 7. He’s just always in control. Regains the ball, keeps it moving, protects the defence. Excellent throughout.

Moussa Sissoko - 8. Fine run and header for the opening goal. Caused problems with his tackling and surging runs high upfield.

Tanguy Ndombele - 6. Lost out too many challenges and didn’t impact play going forward…until playing a killer pass to assist the second goal.

Lucas Moura - 5. Hard-working and linked up neatly a few times but didn’t offer much in the final third.

Son Heung-min - 7. Made a great block on a goalbound shot in the first half and fired a decent volley just wide in the second. Devastating speed and control to run through and score to kill off the game.

Harry Kane - 5. Kept largely quiet by the Brentford defence. Thundered a free-kick into the wall and was denied by the keeper from close range in his only real sights of goal.


David Raya - 6. Nothing he could do about the goals but made a good save from Toney’s backward header and from Kane’s close-range effort.

Henrik Dalsgaard - 5. A little lacking in speed to keep pace with Spurs’ attack.

Ethan Pinnock - 6. Very composed on the ball and dealt well with both Kane and Son in one-on-ones.

Mads Bech Sorensen - 6. Didn’t see Sissoko running in to head home the opener. More than capable playing out from the back.

Rico Henry - 7. He’s ready for the top flight. Showed great recovery pace and tenacious defensive work.

Josh Dasilva - 5. Not his best game despite plenty of endeavour. Terrible tackle received a deserved red card.

Mathias Jensen - 6. Another who worked hard and passed the ball neatly but was ultimately unable to meaningfully contribute to creating many openings.

Vitaly Janelt - 5. Failed to track the runner for the early goal. Somewhat overrun in the centre and late in the tackle more than once.

Bryan Mbuemo - 7. Some fine dribbling work created Brentford’s best chances. Wasn’t a goal threat himself but allowed others to be.

Sergi Canos - 6. Adventurous on the ball but fortunate not to be shown a second yellow card.

Ivan Toney - 6. Has had a great season in front of goal but his lethal touch deserted him on the big occasion - other than when he was offside.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in