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Stoke City 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Jose Mourinho’s side one win from final

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Gareth Bale celebrates after giving Tottenham the lead against Stoke City in the Carabao Cup
Gareth Bale has scored three goals in three different competitions since returning to Tottenham – the Premier League, Europa League and Carabao Cup

Tottenham moved to within two wins of a first major trophy since 2008 after seeing off Championship Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.

Gareth Bale’s third goal since returning on loan from Real Madrid saw Jose Mourinho’s side take the lead, the Wales forward beating Andy Lonergan with a flicked header from Harry Winks’ wonderful delivery.

Spurs were dominant and should have scored more before half-time but Lonergan, part of Liverpool’s title-winning squad of last season, made good saves to twice deny Dele Alli as well as Harry Kane.

Stoke were much better after the interval and equalised with their first shot on target when Jacob Brown picked out Jordan Thompson to produce a controlled finish past Hugo Lloris.

But Ben Davies’ 25 yard finish in-off the post ensured Spurs regained the lead before Harry Kane lashed home his side’s third goal.

Tottenham join holders Manchester City and Championship Brentford in the semi-final draw which takes place after the fourth and final quarter-final tie between Everton and Manchester United (20:00 GMT kick-off) on Wednesday.

Spurs get the job done

Thirteen months after Mourinho’s appointment, Spurs are within touching distance of a long-overdue trophy after doing the business on a wet and windy night in the Potteries.

They were given a scare when Thompson levelled but their quality saw them over the line as they returned to winning ways after losing top spot in the Premier League.

Mourinho, looking to win the cup for a fifth time with a third different club after three triumphs at Chelsea and one with Manchester United, made seven changes but showed how seriously he rates the competition by starting the likes of Kane and Lloris.

It was Bale who set them on their way, a lovely header from around the penalty spot after a delicious delivery from Winks, who was excellent throughout.

The tie would have been over before half-time but for Lonergan.

But Spurs moved up a gear after conceding thanks to Davies’ first goal since September 2017 before Kane’s 16th goal of the season following Moussa Sissoko’s threaded pass.

After three games without a win, this was a welcome return to winning ways but Mourinho will not be satisfied until he has both hands on the trophy.

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Stoke City

  1. Squad number28Player nameLonergan

  2. Squad number37Player nameCollins

  3. Squad number36Player nameSouttar

  4. Squad number6Player nameBatth

  5. Squad number14Player nameSmith

  6. Squad number24Player nameCousins

  7. Squad number34Player nameThompson

  8. Squad number3Player nameFox

  9. Squad number20Player nameOakley-Boothe

  10. Squad number18Player nameBrown

  11. Squad number11Player nameMcClean

  1. Squad number9Player nameVokes

  2. Squad number21Player nameFletcher

  3. Squad number25Player namePowell

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
  2. Squad number11Player nameLamela
  3. Squad number17Player nameSissoko

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Line-ups

Stoke

  • 28Lonergan
  • 37CollinsBooked at 30mins
  • 36Souttar
  • 6Batth
  • 14Smith
  • 24Cousins
  • 34Thompson
  • 3FoxSubstituted forFletcherat 34′minutes
  • 20Oakley-BootheSubstituted forVokesat 79′minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forPowellat 71′minutes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 7Ince
  • 9Vokes
  • 17Shawcross
  • 21Fletcher
  • 25Powell
  • 35Tymon
  • 40Nna Noukeu

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Doherty
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 8Winks
  • 9BaleSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 45′minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forLamelaat 66′minutes
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forSissokoat 66′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 3Reguilón
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 17Sissoko
  • 45Alves Morais

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