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Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham: Nine-man Spurs fail to secure top-four spot

Juan Foyth
Foyth was sent off just two minutes and 13 seconds after being sent on, the quickest a substitute has been dismissed in a Premier League game since Steven Gerrard against Manchester United in March 2015

Tottenham had two players sent off as they missed the chance to guarantee Champions League football next season after Nathan Ake scored an injury-time winner for Bournemouth.

It was far from ideal preparation for Mauricio Pochettino's side, who face Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday in Amsterdam, having lost the first leg 1-0.

Son Heung-min was dismissed for pushing Jefferson Lerma at the end of a frantic first half, in which Eric Dier was lucky not to have been sent off and Bournemouth could conceivably have had two penalties.

Then, just over two minutes after coming on at half-time, Juan Foyth was also shown a straight red card as he slid studs-up into Jack Simpson.

Spurs have now won just once in their past four league games and stay third on 70 points, four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have two games remaining.

Champions League qualification is still in Tottenham's hands, and they need to beat Everton in their final league game on 12 May to make sure of a top-four spot.

"It is very painful to play with two players less than the opponent," Pochettino said.

"We need to move on. We cannot change the decisions. We have ahead two finals against Ajax and Everton. It is in our hands. If it does not happen we will be proud because nobody expected Tottenham to be in the position they are today.

"We are fighting six teams, it is impossible for all six to get the top four, whatever happens I will feel proud and whatever happens in the semi-final I will be proud."

Bournemouth gave a senior debut to 19-year-old Irish goalkeeper Mark Travers and he made five saves in the first half to keep Spurs at bay, but was a spectator in the second half.

Despite their numerical advantage, the Cherries were unable to capitalise until Ake popped up to score in the 91st minute, heading in from a Ryan Fraser corner.

Spurs see red

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Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham: Son and Foyth red cards ‘very painful’ – Pochettino

How Pochettino would have wanted a straightforward win and the chance to rest players with the biggest game of his managerial career looming on Wednesday.

But his side made things far from easy and were the creators of their own downfall.

Dier was the first into Craig Pawson's book as early as the 11th minute, with a bad tackle on Fraser and he could easily have received a second booking with a mistimed lunge on Joshua King as he stopped a Bournemouth counter-attack.

Hugo Lloris could have conceded a penalty when he collided with King, as the Norwegian tried to poke the ball past him.

And the Cherries had another penalty shout when Dier booted the back of Callum Wilson's ankle as he went to shoot.

Son's uncharacteristic red card came in the 43rd minute as he let his frustration boil over after he was pulled up for a foul on Fraser and he shoved Lerma, who dramatically fell to the ground.

Spurs had been on top in the first half, testing debutant Travers on a number of occasions and, while Son's sending-off made things hard, Foyth's senseless challenge made it almost impossible.

The Argentine came on for Toby Alderweireld, but he had just three touches in two minutes and 13 seconds before he caught Simpson.

They failed to register a shot on target in the second half and as Bournemouth ratcheted up the pressure, Ake's goal was a matter of when, not if.

Pochettino will have to somehow pick his tired players up for the Ajax game, against a team who have already eliminated Real Madrid and Juventus.

But they go into that game in some of their worst form of the season, having suffered three consecutive defeats and five in their past six games in all competitions.

Travers impresses on debut

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Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham: Howe praises Travers after debut against Spurs

All the pre-match talk had been about Travers' debut two weeks before his 20th birthday, with the youngster chosen ahead of 31-year-old Asmir Begovic who was not in the squad and 39-year-old Artur Boruc who sat on the bench.

He is the youngest Premier League goalkeeper to make his debut since Joe Hart in 2006, and his last first-team game came on loan for Weymouth at Gosport on New Year's Day 2018 - having begun that spell by scoring from his own half with a free-kick.

This was a strong debut - he was happy to leave his area and was confident on the ball.

His eagerness to stray out of his box almost saw him concede a goal from the half-way line when Lucas Moura took aim in the eighth minute from 35 yards, but sent his shot wide.

But then came a string of fine saves - he acrobatically tipped efforts from Moura and Dele Alli over the bar and saved a one-one-one against Moura with his feet.

"It's always a gamble to start someone who's never played but on what we've seen I think he deserved an opportunity," said Cherries boss Eddie Howe. "You couldn't write a better debut. He's a great guy."

At the other end of the pitch, Bournemouth used their pace well against Spurs, forcing them to concede free-kicks as Dier, Alderweireld and Moussa Sissoko were all booked as they struggled against the counter-attack.

But after Foyth's sending off they barely threatened until a final five-minute barrage that got them their goal.

Although safe in mid-table, it was a much-needed win for Eddie Howe's side who won their first home game in six and now have a slightly better record of three wins in their last 13 matches.

Their Premier League record points total to date is 46 in 2016-17 and they can surpass that tally if they beat Crystal Palace next week.

"It was huge for us to win after we went a long time without winning at home," added Howe. "It has tailed off the last few weeks and we were very keen to end on high note."

Man of the match - Mark Travers

Travers
Travers made five saves in the first half of his first-team debut

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  • Ake has scored two of Bournemouth's five 90th-minute winning goals in the Premier League, also doing so against Liverpool in December 2016.
  • Tottenham have lost six consecutive away Premier League matches for the first time since May 2004 under David Pleat.
  • Fraser has registered 14 Premier League assists this season - no player has more in the top five European leagues (also Jadon Sancho on 14).
  • Foyth was sent off 133 seconds after coming on as a substitute for Spurs - the fastest red card for a sub in a Premier League game since Steven Gerrard was red-carded after 38 seconds in March 2015 for Liverpool against Manchester United.
  • Travers (aged 19 years and 351 days) became the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart for Manchester City in October 2006.
  • Son is the fifth Asian player to receive a Premier League red card, after Sun Jihai, Li Tie, Hidetoshi Nakata and Maya Yoshida.
  • Spurs became the first team to receive two red cards in a Premier League game since Chelsea against Burnley in August 2017, and the first to receive two straight red cards since Manchester City against Chelsea in December 2016.
  • Since the start of the 2015-16 season, teams facing Bournemouth have received 18 red cards - five more than any other club has seen an opponent red carded in that time.

What's next?

Bournemouth travel to Crystal Palace for their final game of the season on 12 May (15:00 BST).

Spurs face Ajax on Wednesday (20:00) as they battle for a place in the Champions League final, before their final Premier League match against Everton on 12 May (15:00).

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42Travers
  • 15A Smith
  • 3S Cook
  • 25Simpson
  • 23Clyne
  • 24Fraser
  • 8LermaBooked at 90mins
  • 5Aké
  • 17King
  • 10IbeSubstituted forMoussetat 76'minutes
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 9Mousset
  • 22Hyndman
  • 28Taylor
  • 33Mepham
  • 44Surridge
  • 59Ofoborh

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Trippier
  • 4AlderweireldBooked at 23minsSubstituted forFoythat 45'minutesBooked at 48mins
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 3Rose
  • 17SissokoBooked at 40minsSubstituted forDaviesat 82'minutes
  • 15DierBooked at 11minsSubstituted forWanyamaat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Eriksen
  • 20AlliBooked at 90mins
  • 7Son Heung-MinBooked at 43mins
  • 27Lucas Moura

Substitutes

  • 9Janssen
  • 12Wanyama
  • 18Llorente
  • 21Foyth
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 33Davies
  • 52Skipp
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
10,630

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home20
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Davinson Sánchez following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jack Simpson.

Offside, Bournemouth. Adam Smith tries a through ball, but Joshua King is caught offside.

Booking

Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur).

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Christian Eriksen.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Cook.

Attempt blocked. Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Victor Wanyama.

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lys Mousset with a headed pass.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Lucas Moura is caught offside.

Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt saved. Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

Attempt missed. Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lys Mousset replaces Jordon Ibe.

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Smith.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Clyne (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith with a cross.

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

Attempt missed. Adam Smith (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Victor Wanyama.

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.

goal

As It Stood

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1Liverpool37297187226594
2Man City36302490226892
3Tottenham372311365372870
4Chelsea36208860392168
5Arsenal362061069492066
6Man Utd36198964511365
7Wolves37169124744357
8Everton37158145244853
9Leicester36156155147451
10Watford36148145152-150
11West Ham37147164854-649
12Crystal Palace37137174650-446
13Bournemouth37136185365-1245
14Newcastle37119173848-1042
15Burnley37117194465-2140
16Southampton37911174464-2038
17Brighton3698193355-2235
18Cardiff3794243269-3731
19Fulham3775253477-4326
20Huddersfield3635282074-5414
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