Tottenham Hotspur were beaten on penalties by Chelsea in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Thursday night, as per the BBC.
Spurs headed into the game with a 1-0 lead, afforded to them by a Harry Kane spot-kick at Wembley.
But without the likes of Son-Heung Min – away at the Asian Cup with South Korea – Dele Alli and Kane – both injured – Spurs were vanquished by Maurizio Sarri’s Blues.
Chelsea will now face Manchester City in the final at Wembley after Pep Guardiola’s side beat Burton Albion 10-0 on aggregate in the other last-four tie.
The west London outfit took a 2-0 lead in the second leg at Stamford Bridge through N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, but a goal from Fernando Llorente sent the tie to penalties, where both Eric Dier, who had scored the winning penalty for England against Colombia at the World Cup, and Lucas Moura missed. The hosts scored all four of their efforts from 12 yards.
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Nevertheless, the performance was a gutsy one from a depleted Spurs, with captain Jan Vertonghen at the heart of their fightback.
The centre-back played with calmness and accuracy, distributing the ball as well as he tackled it, and made one goal-saving challenge on Hazard in the second-half.
And Spurs fans on Twitter were impressed with the Belgium international’s performance, even in defeat.
How good is Vertonghen?!?!!!! Unbelievable player!
— Paul Harrington (@PaulHarrington4) January 24, 2019
— Jim Ciolek (@JimUfoC) January 24, 2019
— Trevor Durham #FBPE 🇪🇺🇬🇧🏴 (@TheTrevorDurham) January 24, 2019
Vertonghen & Rose brilliant tonight.
— Sam (@thfcswils) January 24, 2019
Vertonghen was quality tonight. If I do say so myself.
— gracey (@gilinskysjano) January 24, 2019
That could be the best I’ve seen Vertonghen play
— glory glory (@gloryglorytott) January 24, 2019
Vertonghen MOTM btw , more passes and tackles than any Spurs player 💪🏻
— Shanobie (@ShanobieSpurs) January 24, 2019
How good is vertonghen on a scale from 10-10
— ⁷ (@S0NALDO) January 24, 2019