Spurs reach League Cup final in extra time

Valencia scored twice in three minutes to overcome Sevilla 3-2 in a Copa del Rey first-leg quarterfinal.

Written by Agencies | Burnley (england) | Published:January 22, 2009 3:05 pm

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored in the 118th minute to send League Cup holder Tottenham into a second successive final,sparing the English Premier League side an embarrassing loss to Burnley.

Burnley led 3-0 after regulation on Wednesday,then Tottenham scored twice in extra time to clinch a 6-4 aggregate win and a meeting with Manchester United in the March 1 final.

“There is a big sense of relief,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said. “With five minutes to go I was thinking it could be the most embarrassing night of my football life. We were not mentally or physically strong enough.”

Goals from Robbie Blake,Chris McCann and Jay Rodriguez wiped out Tottenham’s 4-1 advantage from the semifinal first leg two weeks ago.

The away goal didn’t count in Burnley’s favour until the additional 30 minutes were over,and the League Championship side was already thinking about Wembley with two minutes remaining and the score level at 4-4 in it’s favour.

But then Pavlyuchenko struck and Jermain Defoe added another in the 120th.

Thanks to a second-half comeback at White Hart Lane,Spurs went into the second leg with a comfortable three-goal cushion,but didn’t learn from their mistakes by allowing Burnley to dominate again in the first period.

The holders nearly suffered an humiliating start when Benoit Assou-Ekotto,on his return from a four-match ban,sent a back pass curling into the top corner from 30 meters. But goalkeeper Ben Alnwick,making his debut in Heurelho Gomes’ injury-forced absence,reacted quickly to palm the ball over with a save that could have resulted in an indirect free kick.

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