League Two Colchester United produced a huge upset as they beat Premier League Tottenham on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round.

The Essex side – the lowest-ranked team left in the competition – frustrated last year’s semi-finalists throughout the 90 minutes and won a dramatic shootout after Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura missed from the spot.

After Eriksen’s first kick of the shootout was saved by Dean Gerken, the hosts looked to have wasted their advantage when Jevani Brown tried an audacious ‘Panenka’ effort, which was so weak that Paulo Gazzaniga was able to abort his dive, stand up and punch the ball to safety.

But when Moura smashed Tottenham’s fifth effort against the bar, Tom Lapslie stepped up to send Colchester into the last 16 for the first time in 44 years.

The biggest upset of Pochettino’s career

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has yet to win a major trophy during his managerial career, despite an encouraging season in 2018-19 which featured an appearance in the Champions League final and making the last four of this competition.

But his wait for a trophy will go on after the biggest shock he has experienced as a manager.

The Argentine had taken charge of 18 domestic cup ties against lower-ranked opponents since arriving in England with Southampton in 2013 and had never lost.

Until now.

Spurs are on a gruelling run of seven games in 21 days but they could hardly blame tiredness for this result, with Pochettino making 10 changes from their defeat at Leicester – only keeper Paulo Gazzaniga kept his place.

There was a first outing of the season for out-of-favour Eric Dier, a return from injury for Dele Alli and debuts for 20-year-old centre-back Japhet Tanganga and 17-year-old forward Troy Parrott, but none pressed their claims to break into their manager’s first-choice XI.

This defeat will only add to the sense of uncertainty around the club – BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Don Hutchison said before the game there was an “undercurrent of frustration” surrounding Pochettino and that it was hard to “see where the club is going”.

Four defeats in their past 17 matches suggests something is not quite right.

And what is going on with their away form? They have had five games on the road this season, conceding two goals on four occasions and – most worryingly – now suffering an embarrassing exit from the EFL Cup.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2JacksonSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 50′minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 3Bramall
  • 24StevensonSubstituted forNorrisat 78′minutes
  • 14Comley
  • 4Lapslie
  • 7Senior
  • 45Nouble
  • 26GambinSubstituted forBrownat 68′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 9Norris
  • 10Brown
  • 11Cowan-Hall
  • 21Clampin
  • 27Chilvers
  • 29Ross

Tottenham

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 15Dier
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 39TangangaSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 66′minutes
  • 16Walker-Peters
  • 29SkippSubstituted forLamelaat 78′minutes
  • 12Wanyama
  • 33Davies
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 20Alli
  • 52ParrottSubstituted forEriksenat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 11Lamela
  • 17Sissoko
  • 21Foyth
  • 23Eriksen
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
9,481

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home25%
Away75%
Shots
Home4
Away19
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 0(4), Tottenham Hotspur 0(3).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Colchester United 0(4), Tottenham Hotspur 0(3).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0(4), Tottenham Hotspur 0(3). Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty missed! Still Colchester United 0(3), Tottenham Hotspur 0(3). Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0(3), Tottenham Hotspur 0(3). Paris Cowan-Hall (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0(2), Tottenham Hotspur 0(3). Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Jevani Brown (Colchester United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0(2), Tottenham Hotspur 0(2). Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0(2), Tottenham Hotspur 0(1). Frank Nouble (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0(1), Tottenham Hotspur 0(1). Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0(1), Tottenham Hotspur 0. Luke Norris (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Colchester United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Norris (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Attempt saved. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Attempt missed. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Eastman.

Foul by Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur).

Frank Nouble (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Attempt missed. Paris Cowan-Hall (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Lapslie.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Walker-Peters.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Oliver Skipp.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Norris replaces Ben Stevenson.

Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).

Cohen Bramall (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Paris Cowan-Hall.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker-Peters.

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jevani Brown (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Jevani Brown replaces Luke Gambin.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Troy Parrott.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Japhet Tanganga.

Attempt blocked. Luke Prosser (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Gambin.

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