Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham has failed their first attempt to seal up their place in the Premier League top four after two players were sent off during a 1-0 defeat by Bournemouth.
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 got a red card after 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.
Two minutes after resuming for the second 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.
The Cherries had difficulties capitalizing on spurs shortage 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 decide their final fate.
Pochettino’s side are four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have two games remaining.
The defeat means Chelsea can jump-frog to third if they beat Watford on Sunday.