Tottenham had two players sent off as they missed the chance to guarantee Champions League football next season with a 1-0 defeat to 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.
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 Nathan Ake popped up to score a 91st-minute winner, heading in from a corner.
Spurs have now won just once in their past four league games and stay third on 70 points with only next Sunday’s match against Everton to come.
In the race for a top-four spot, they are four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have two games remaining. Chelsea can go third if they beat Watford on Sunday.
AFC Bournemouth 1 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur | English Premier League – Match Summary
- 43′ 0 – 0 [Red Card] Son Heung-Min receives red card for shoving Lerma! Now it’s exploded! Son Heung-min loses the plot after a niggly exchange on the edge of the Bournemouth box. The Spurs forward thinks he’s fouled, then ends up being penalised for clipping Ryan Fraser. Cherries midfielder Jefferson Lerma jumps into grab the ball, Son doesn’t like it and kind of shoves the Colombian in the face. Lerma hits the deck, Son hits the early bath.
- 48′ 0 – 0 [Red Card] Juan Foyth sent off for tackle on Simpson! Oh. My. Word. Juan Foyth lasts two minutes and Spurs are down to nine men. The Spurs sub brings the ball out from the back, takes a heavy touch and tries to rectify the situation by lunging in. Nowhere near the ball, all over Jack Simpson’s knee. Ouch.
- 90+1′ 1 – 0 Nathan Aké scores with a late header to give Bournemouth win over nine-man Spurs! Now!! Euphoria for Bournemouth, heartbreak for Spurs. Ryan Fraser swings in the corner from the left, Nathan Ake makes the most of the space in the Spurs box to head in.