Tottenham Hotspur didn’t exactly start their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea in quite the way they would have wanted.
With Spurs newly invigorated under Antonio Conte’s stewardship, fans will have been viewing the League Cup as their best possible chance to win a major trophy for the first time since 2007.
However, their hopes of lifting silverware under the Wembley arch were dealt a massive blow when they conceded what will surely go down as two own goals in the space of just a few minutes.
Chelsea vs Tottenham
Well, we say ‘what will surely down as’ because the first goal could feasibly be awarded to Kai Havertz, but there’s no denying that Chelsea‘s second strike wasn’t scored by one of their own.
And that craziest of sophomore strikes came courtesy of a Blues free-kick from Hakim Ziyech, which looked to have been easily cleared by the visitors despite having found a dangerous area.
However, although Japhet Tanganga – who was at fault for the opening goal – appeared to have plenty of time to safely head the ball away, he proceeded to direct the cross towards Ben Davies.
The ‘Spursiest’ of own goals
What happened next was the most Spurs-like piece of pinball football that you could imagine with Tanganga nodding the ball into Davies, who accidentally deflected it into the back of his own net.
It might well be one of the ‘Spursiest’ goals that we’ve ever seen, which is to say it’s just downright typical in its sheer misfortune and calamity, so be sure to check out all the carnage down below:
You simply couldn’t write it.
A comedy of errors
Poor old Davies could have done nothing as the ball sped towards his face from just a few inches away and sod’s law inevitability dictated that the subsequent deflection would defy Hugo Lloris.
However, while the own goal might well have been remarkably unlucky, there’s no escaping the fact that it compounded one of the worst 45 minutes that we’ve seen from Tottenham under Conte.
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Naturally, that only accounts for a quarter of the semi-final tie, but Spurs certainly left themselves with plenty to do after a half that might well be remembered for two terrible own goals.