Tottenham Hotspur beat Watford in an all-Premier League tie on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Carabao Cup.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 26, 2018
Dele Alli received an enthusiastic welcome at the stadium of MK Dons, his boyhood club, which Tottenham used as a temporary venue for this Carabao Cup third-round tie.
Watford forward Isaac Success lit up a slow game with an opener immediately after half-time. Success beat Serge Aurier as he ran onto Kiko Femenia’s pass to put the visitors ahead straight from the kick-off in the 46th minute. They should have increased their advantage when Ken Sema ran onto a diverted Watford cross almost four yards out, but his shot went up the air giving Spurs the space to take a breather.
Watford seemed to be close to causing another upset against Tottenham, however, after Christian Kabasele was sent off for a foul on the Dele Alli as he clipped the midfielder’s heels in the box. Alli netted his first of the night from the penalty spot into the corner beyond a fully stretched Heurelo Gomes leveling the game at the 81st minute.
— Dele (@dele_official) September 26, 2018
Within minutes of leveling, Spurs went in front, as Erik Lamela finished off a brilliant counter-attack at the 85th minute connecting to Dembele‘s through-ball completing an exceptional comeback. However, the match was far from over even though both sides were down to 10 men after Aurier was forced off with an injury.
Etienne Capoue’s shot was deflected beyond Pablo Gazzaniga via Ben Davies in the 89th minute, giving Watford a chance in the penalty shoot-out.
Gazzaniga was in top form in the penalties; Capoue and Domingos Quina missed their spot-kicks in the shoot-out for Watford and Alli once again stepped up to send Spurs through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 27, 2018
Tottenham Hotspur faces Huddersfield while Watford faces Arsenal on Saturday, 29th September for their upcoming Premier League fixtures.