Nine-man Tottenham squanders chance to clinch top-four Premier League finish

Spurs' final game of the season sees them host Everton and if they win that, they will finish in the top four.

Bournemouth struggled to make their numerical advantage count until Nathan Ake climbed highest to meet a corner and head a dramatic victor in the 90th minute.

Spurs finished the game with 9 men, as Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth were both shown straight red cards, but it was Travers who stole the show.

Harry Kane also remains out for the season with an ankle injury but Spurs are hopeful he can return for the Champions League final, should they make it.

Mauricio Pochettino's team selection made it clear that he was not wanting their top-four fate to go down to the final day and a strong side made a dominant start.

The ex-Shamrock Rovers teenager made an instant impression with a string of impressive first-half saves in what he described as an "unbelievable" debut.

Moura was denied again before the break as he latched onto a long ball over the top but Travers stuck out a leg to make the stop.

His feet kept another Moura shot out before more acrobatics saw him tip an Alli header over the bar.

Son will return to the side to face Ajax in the Champions League, though.

The 26-year-old was fouled on the edge of the Spurs box, but reacted angrily towards Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma with what looked like a push to the chest of his opponent.

Referee Craig Pawson walked over to Foyth before brandishing his second red card of the afternoon.

Lerma certainly did not do himself any favours with his theatrics, but he has handed his side a huge advantage in ensuring that his side could play the full duration of the second half without the threat of the visitors' most risky attacker.

But, they were unable to find a way past Bournemouth debutant, Mark Travers.

That did not prove too costly as in time added on Ake lost his marker and headed into the bottom corner.


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