Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Match Report
Nathan Ake scored a last-gasp winner as nine-man Tottenham suffered their sixth away defeat in a row in a 1-0 loss at Bournemouth.

Nathan Ake scored a last-gasp winner as nine-man Tottenham suffered their sixth away defeat in a row in a 1-0 loss at Bournemouth.

Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth saw red either side of half time before Ake headed home the only goal of a tempestuous encounter in stoppage time with the result meaning Spurs have still not confirmed their place in the top four.

Ryan Fraser lashed an early effort wide for the Cherries before Bournemouth’s teenage goalkeeper Mark Travers, who had been handed his first-team debut by Eddie Howe, made his first save of the afternoon to stop Dele Alli from opening the scoring before tipping Lucas Moura’s shot over the bar.

The busy Travers then saved Moura’s 26th-minute strike before making his best save of the game just past the half-hour mark to keep another Alli shot out.

Eric Dier, who had already been booked, was fortunate not to be sent off in the 35th minute after what appeared to be a crude challenge only for the referee to rule that a foul had not been committed while Bournemouth had penalty appeals ignored when Callum Wilson went down under another Dier challenge.

Spurs were reduced to 10 men just before the interval though when Son pushed Jefferson Lerma after the whistle had blown, given a straight red card by referee Craig Pawson.

Mauricio Pochettino made two changes at the break but the move backfired as Foyth, who had only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes, was sent off for a dreadful foul on Jack Simpson.

Despite only having nine men, Spurs managed to restrict their hosts to half-chances for most of the second half with Wilson seeing a shot deflected wide and Adam Smith looping an effort off target.

Hugo Lloris saved Jordon Ibe’s shot and Lys Mousset’s header and it appeared as though Bournemouth had run out of ideas until Ake got his head to Fraser’s corner.

Spurs must now regroup and prepare for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Ajax in Amsterdam.

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