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Harry Kane celebrates his goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea at wembley on Tuesday night. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Harry Kane celebrates his goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea at wembley on Tuesday night. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Harry Kane’s penalty gave Tottenham a 1-0 first leg advantage after last night’s League Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley. On 24 minutes the English striker fastened on to Toby Alderweireld’s long ball and touched decisively past the outrushing Arrizabalaga before being clattered by him. The assistant referee had flagged for offside, however VAR eventually said otherwise. The second leg at Stamford Bridge has been scheduled for Thursday January 24th, and tonight Manchester City host Burton Albion in the first leg of the other semi-final. Liverpool and Egypt attacker Mohamed Salah was voted as the African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at yesterday’s Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar.

In his column this morning (Subscriber Only), Gordon D’Arcy explains how the Irish system looks strong enough to survive almost anything: “My Ireland teams lacked the current levels of streamlined preparation. That’s the difference. There will always be excuses but looking at what this squad has achieved I don’t believe many of the Ireland teams I played on fulfilled their potential.”

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