Whitehawk battled out a hard fought 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup. The English champions raced in to a two goal lead in the first half, but an early Spurs goal in the second half provided a nervy final forty minutes to end the game.
2-1 Win vs Tottenham Hotspur - EFL Cup Qtr Final
Whitehawk's Two First Half Goals Proved To Be Enough To Win The Tie
Regular EFL Cup goalkeeper Daniel Bentley kept his place in Whitehawk's side for this competition, as Sir Ryan Ferguson fielded a nearly full strength side for the quarter final. Anton Nyman and Kylian Mbappé found themselves on the bench, however, with a key Premier League match against Everton coming up.
Central defender Rúben Dias was the captain of Tottenham Hotspur for the game, as manager Diego Simeone looked to win Spurs' first trophy since 2019, when they lifted the EFL Cup. Other notable inclusions in the starting eleven included veteran midfielder Dele Alli and Italian international defender Luca Di Marco.
Whitehawk very nearly took the lead in the ninth minute of the game as Martin Ødegaard's wasn't dealt with properly. The ball bounced kindly for Sergi Samper who unleashed a powerful half-volley at goal, but Spurs midfielder Carlo Alberto Conte blocked it on the line.
Spurs will have rued missing a guilt-edged opportunity to score five minutes later as Wilco Meulemans raced in to a one-on-one opportunity, but he scuffed his shot well wide of the post. This miss would prove costly.
The deadlock was broken in the eighteenth minute, and Jason Coffey was the scored. Lewis Cook expertly broke down a Spurs move, and Stephen Lacy sent a searching ball for Miroslav Novakovic on the right wing. The Serb controlled well, and his near post cross was converted by Jason Coffey to give Whitehawk the lead.
Novakovic would then find the back of the net himself just minutes later, only to see his goal disallowed for offside. Sergi Samper found himself with space to move in to in midfield, before picking out Novakovic in the box. The Serb finished with aplomb, but saw his goal chalked off as he was a yard offside.
He would get his goal, with ten minutes remaining in the first half, and he did so well. Martin Ødegaard was the provider, as he played the ball in to the feet of Novakovic. With his back to goal, Novakovic turned on his heels and curled a low effort in to the far corner to give Whitehawk an established lead.
Spurs clawed one back early in the second half, and it came from Whitehawk's defensive frailties out wide. Carlo Alberto Conte played Kresimir Tomic in to space on the left wing, and his near post cross was converted by Wilco Meulemans.
The Dutch center forward will feel aggrieved that he didn't add to his tally as he raced in to another one-on-one position late on. However, his shot was palmed over the bar by Daniel Bentley, to secure passage to the semi finals for Whitehawk.
Miroslav Novakovic (Whitehawk) - 8.3/10
EFL Cup Semi Final Draw
Whitehawk Would Face Manchester City In The EFL Cup Semi Finals
Whitehawk were handed a difficult tie against Manchester City in the semi finals of the EFL Cup. The teams would compete in two legs in January for a place in the final, against either Manchester United or Swansea.
Ryan Ferguson's Interview
"It wasn't easy but we never expected it to be. We're in the latter stages of the competition now and every game will be as tough as imaginable. Tottenham gave us a good run for our money today, but we got a deserved win in the end. Credit to the lads for holding on when Spurs put the pressure on."
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