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Eriksen fires Spurs to Wembley

Spurs on  their way to Wembley to meet Chelsea in London derby final.

Spurs celebrate beating Sheffield United to go through to Capital One League Cup Final at Wembley. Image: @SpursOfficial

Sheffield United 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (agg: 2-3)

The Capital One Cup final will be contested by two teams from the capital.

Christian Eriksen scored twice to steer Tottenham Hotspur into the final, after the North London side drew 2-2 with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane to complete a 3-2 aggregate victory.

They will meet Chelsea at Wembley on March 1st.

Star man Eriksen fired Spurs ahead after 28 minutes with a sensational free kick from 25 yards out that left Blades keeper Mark Howard rooted to the spot.

Sheffield United’s manager Nigel Clough said ‘No keeper in the world would have saved that.’

At this point Spurs were 2-0 up on aggregate and cruising into an all-London affair with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

But Tottenham being Tottenham, the match just couldn’t pass without incident.

Sheffield United had struggled to make any meaningful impact during the game and were drifting out of the match until the introduction of teenager Che Adams.

Adams, recently of Ilkeston Town, and a veteran of a grand total of 136 minutes of professional football made the kind of impact that he will never forget, scoring within 3 minutes of his introduction to give United a glimmer of hope.

Two minutes later he scored again, a deflection taking the ball past Michel Vorm to level the tie on the night.

At this stage United were taking the tie into extra time. But Eriksen had other ideas.

Not for the first time this season, the Dane rescued his side late on.

With three minutes of normal time to go, he found himself on goal after Harry Kane’s through ball, and finished low past Howard, sending Spurs back to Wembley for the first time in 6 years.

On that occasion in 2009 they lost on penalties to Manchester United.

The year before, in 2008, they lifted the trophy, beating a Chelsea side 2-1.

Mauricio Pochettino, reaching a final in his first season at the helm, will be hoping his class of 2015 can beat their West London neighbours once again.

After the thrilling 5 – 3 victory less than a month ago, Spurs fans will approach their big day out with no fear.

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