Wolves 2-2 Tottenham (2-3 pens): Nuno Espirito Santo’s men advance to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on penalties on his return to Molineux after visitors squandered a 2-0 lead
- Spurs beat Wolves on penalties to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup
- Struggling Spurs midfielder Tanguy Ndombele opened the scoring early
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane added a second to Molineux shortly afterwards
- Wolves pulled one back when Leander Dendoncker nodded before halftime
- Bruno Lage’s men passed through Daniel Podence just after the hour
Harry Kane rediscovered his scoring ability for the North London derby when Tottenham squeezed into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup by beating Wolves on penalties.
Tanguy Ndombele and Kane put Spurs at 2-0 within 24 minutes, but Leander Dendoncker withdrew one more before half time and Daniel Podence equalized just before the hour.
Both sides missed opportunities to win and Ruben Neves hit the crossbar with a deflected shot with only two minutes left. Then Neves was one of three Wolves players to miss as Tottenham took the shoot-out 3-2, with Kane scoring their first kick as Nuno Espirito Santo made a second successful return to his former club after coming down 1-0 here had won in the League as last month.
Tottenham are in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout win over Wolves
Tanguy Ndombele gave Tottenham the lead early on when he slid past John Ruddy
It’s been a frustrating season, but the Frenchman was overjoyed with his first of the season
Feeling the pressure after three games without a win, Nuno chose a strong team with Kane, Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, while his Wolves successor Bruno Lage kept just two players from the XI that started the 2-0 home defeat with Brentford .
The home side started well and Dendoncker’s clean attack from the edge of the penalty area was bought off by Romero, before suffering a setback when summer signing Yerson Mosquera was taken off on a stretcher in the ninth minute after challenging Kane.
Mosquera was replaced by Conor Coady and his slip helped Spurs take the lead. The Wolves captain’s effort bounced off Ndombele, allowing the Frenchman to slide into the area and enter Willy Boly before pushing the ball past John Ruddy.
Harry Kane finished cool and added a second for the away team after Dele Alli .’s pass
The Spurs attacker failed in front of goal but added daylight at Molineux
Kane was the target of Wolves fans and he found the perfect way to silence them in the 23rd minute. Kane raced to Alli’s pass and calmed himself before driving the ball low into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
At this stage, Wolves were in disarray and both Alli and Lo Celso could have increased Spurs’ advantage only to lose their balance when one-on-one with Ruddy.
Then Wolves revolted. Hee Chan Hwang made his first start at Molineux, knocking out Dendoncker with a left hook and the Belgian sent a powerful header past reserve goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini – their first home goal this season – and Fabio Silva may have equalized when Ki-Jana Hoever crosses over to him off, but the Portuguese youngster couldn’t adapt quickly enough to turn the ball in.
Wolves withdrew one when midfielder Leander Dendoncker nodded before half-time
Wolves, however, still looked weak in the back and Japhet Tanganga hit the crossbar just before half time after being played by Kane. In the injury time of the first half, Hwang headed a cross from Dendoncker narrowly over.
Shortly after the break, Wolves were furious they were not awarded a penalty when Hwang tumbled under Romero’s challenge as he tried to convert Hoever’s low ball, and Ruben Neves was shown a yellow card for protest.
Ndombele soon nearly scored his second when his attempt from 30 yards saw a comical fumble from Ruddy, who was relieved to see the ball go over the bar.
Daniel Podence scored the equalizer after Dendoncker regained possession
Wolves fans were ecstatic after seeing their side come home from two goals
Gollini saved from Dendoncker in the shootout before Coady missed the decisive kick
Wolves took advantage of their breakaway to equalize just before the hour. Hwang robbed the lingering Ndombele in midfield and Dendoncker grabbed the loose ball before finding Podence, who finished confidently over Gollini.
Both sides continued to create chances and Ruddy made an excellent save to stop the impressive Bryan Gil who tapped into Kane’s cross. He did even better in the 67th minute, reacting brilliantly to knock over Kane’s scoreless header from a cross from substitute Son Heung-min.
While both sides were pushing for the winner, Neves’ attempt in the 88th minute pinched the top of the bar. After that, Neves, Dendoncker and Coady all missed in the shootout for Wolves, with only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg failing for Spurs.