Tottenham played well for the first half an hour of this game and really should have put the game to bed.
Dele Alli and Lucas Moura both had good chances but Bournemouth’s young keeper Mark Travers was equal to them.
The wheels seemed to come to off for a relatively strong Spurs side as soon as Heung-Min Son saw red right before the break. Juan Foyth was introduced a half time substitute as Mauricio Pochettino looked to change the shape of his side following Son’s sending off.
However just two minutes into the second half, Foyth was also shown a straight red card for a dangerous lunge on Jack Simpson.
Bournemouth continued to push throughout the second half and it only took one lapse in concentration from the make shift Spurs back line for Nathan Ake to capitalise in the closing minutes.
A win today would have solidified Champions League football for next season and Spurs’ European fate now all comes down to the last day of the season.
Recent success in the Champions League has masked their poor form in the league of late and Pochettino’s players will have to dig deep to find what ever energy they have left to finish the season strong.
Here’s how we rated the Spurs players’ performances today:
Hugo Lloris - 6
Lloris did well for the majority with the game when Bournemouth’s attackers had him under pressure. But it only took one lapse in concentration from his defenders to concede.
Kieran Trippier - 6
The England right back didn’t particularly stand out today. He was caught up in a constant battle with Josh King so could be low on energy come Wednesday night.
Davinson Sanchez - 7
Sanchez was one of Tottenham’s best players this afternoon. He ended up being Spurs’ only centre back left on the pitch at one point and is one of the reasons Spurs didn’t concede earlier.
Toby Alderweireld - 6
Alderweireld wasn’t brilliant today and was substituted at half time with one eye on the midweek game against Ajax.
Danny Rose - 7
Rose showed energy and desire to get forward as always but he couldn’t create that killer pass for Spurs.
Eric Dier - 4
Dier was lucky to still be on the pitch before his substitution with two silly challenges that could have resulted in a red card and a penalty.
Moussa Sissoko - 6
Sissoko was good during Spurs’ bright spell in the first half and showed no signs of fatigue.
Dele Alli - 6
Alli was playing in a more advanced role today and could have scored on a couple of occasions in the first half. He became visibly frustrated with each tackle as the game went on.
Christian Eriksen - 7
Any good play from Spurs flowed through the Dane and did his best to turn defence into attack when after Spurs’ red cards.
Lucas Moura - 6
Moura had some good chances in the first half and probably should have put the game to bed for Spurs.
Heung-Min Son - 4
Son saw the red mist for a split second right before half time and was sent off for lashing out at Jefferson Lerma. He’ll miss Spurs last league game of the season and now only has the Champions League to focus on.
(SUB) Juan Foyth - 2
Foyth was introduced at the break and swiftly head back down the tunnel after a nasty challenge. Definitely part of the learning curve for the youngster.
(SUB) Victor Wanyama - 6
Wanyama played out of position in the centre of defence for the majority of the game and performed as well as could be expected of him.
(SUB) Ben Davies - N/A
Davies was introduced for the final 10 minutes but saw very little of the ball and wasn’t able to prevent Ake’s late winner.