Tottenham will take a one-goal lead into the second-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea
Tottenham might be cooling on the whole Wembley experience but the prospect of a return in a cup final ought to be enough to rekindle the glow.
There is still work to do at Stamford Bridge if Mauricio Pochettino is to lead his team out in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.
Chelsea responded once behind and are it is quite within their powers of recovery to turn it around when these London rivals meet again in a fortnight, in a competition when away goals do not count.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks (Skipp 89), Sissoko, Eriksen (Llorente 90+1), Alli, Kane, Son (Lamela 79)
Subs not used: Walker-Peters, Davies, Lloris, Foyth
Goalscorers: Kane pen 27
Booked: Winks, Sanchez, Lamela
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 76), Willian (Pedro 63), Hazard, Hudson-Odoi (Giroud 79)
Subs not used: Caballero, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Luiz
Referee: Michael Oliver.
The advantage, however, belongs to Spurs at the half way stage, courtesy of a first-half penalty scored by Harry Kane and awarded with the help of the video assistant referee.
This time there was no malfunction with the new technology as the officials reached the right decision, ruling out offside and confirming the foul inside a couple of minutes.
Kane stepped forward to score in a sixth successive appearance. Very rarely does he malfunction these days.
Pochettino has little chance to dwell on the result as he prepares to face a rejuvenated Manchester United but he will be proud of the way his team dug in to resist Chelsea’s fight back in the second half.
At times, it was not pretty. Certainly not the fluent attacking style Tottenham are capable of producing but it was rugged, winning football.
There would no repeat of the demolition job they performed on Chelsea when they met here in the Premier League in November.
This time Maurizio Sarri’s side refused to buckle and probably deserved an equaliser.