Late Ake header sinks nine-man Spurs
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 05, 2019,
May 05, 2019, 1:16
They played nearly half of yesterday's defeat with nine men, and, just as they thought they had gouged a point out of a sapping, wild ordeal, they lost to a stoppage-time Bournemouth goal.
The Premier League's second-to-last matchday of the season kicked off on Friday with Everton's win over Burnley, but it was Saturday's slate that has people buzzing.
Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth were both sent off in a five-minute spell either side of half time as Spurs totally lost their heads, but nearly held on for a crucial point in the top four battle.
But an incredibly one-sided contest took a turn on the stroke of half-time as Son saw red.
Tottenham was forced to play the final 42 minutes of Saturday's match with nine men.
Bournemouth looked as though they would be frustrated by a resolute Tottenham defence, but Ake powered in a header from Ryan Fraser's corner to land another blow to Pochettino's men.
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Spurs travel to Amsterdam having won just once away from home in the Champions League this season.
At 19 years and 351 days, Travers is the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in October 2006 and this could be an audition or Travers to land the Bournemouth keepers' jersey on a regular basis, with experienced duo Asmir Begovic and Arter Boruc expected to move on this summer. Despite an early scare as Lucas lobbed wide from 60 yards, the Irishman was in inspired form to keep Spurs at bay time and time again.
Son's sending off might have been harsh; the Korean star reacted with a push after being banged into from behind by Jefferson Lerma.
To make matters worse for Spurs, Juan Foyth lunged in recklessly with a unsafe challenge on Jack Simpson just three minutes into the second half, leaving Pawson with little choice but to brandish a second red card in remarkably quick succession, with the visitors now down to nine men.