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Spurs see off wasteful Bournemouth

Spurs see off wasteful Bournemouth

Tottenham have scored in 32 consecutive Premier League games, equalling a club record

Tottenham finished 2023 on a high with victory over an energetic Bournemouth in the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Pape Sarr opened the scoring when Rodrigo Bentancur latched on to Neto’s casual pass out from the back and it broke for Sarr, who drilled it into the far corner.

Smarting from a 4-2 loss to Brighton in midweek, an injury-hit Spurs watched as Bournemouth enjoyed plenty of chances and looked likely to level.

But the visitors lacked a clinical edge in the final third and Son Heung-min doubled his side’s lead with a superb left-footed strike which went in off a post before Richarlison swept home to wrap up the points for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

Alex Scott steered home a consolation goal but the Cherries will likely wonder how they allowed the scoreline to get away from them and leave London empty-handed.

It marked a first defeat in seven games for Andoni Iraola’s side as Dominic Solanke’s three-match scoring streak came to an end.

Injury-hit Spurs find way to win

After a strong start to the season under Postecoglou, Tottenham had lost five of their past nine games and continue to battle with injuries.

The surprise return of Bentancur to the starting XI was a welcome sight for Spurs fans after he recovered from an ankle injury earlier than anticipated.

The home side got off to the perfect start with Sarr’s slotted finish but had to hang in there as Bournemouth were on top for large periods.

Spurs created little in the second half but Son’s goal knocked the wind out of the visitors and Richarlison wrapped up the points.

But there was more injury misery for Postecoglou as Sarr went down in the first half and left the field visibly upset before Alejo Veliz hobbled off in tears late on, forcing Spurs to see out the final few minutes with 10 men, having made all their substitutions.

While they showed quality to withstand Bournemouth’s pressure, Spurs will likely be forced to act in the January transfer window to support their threadbare squad.

Spurs also paid tribute to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at half-time after he joined Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC on a free transfer, having made 447 appearances in 11 years for Tottenham.

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AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number1Player nameNeto

  2. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

  3. Squad number27Player nameZabarnyi

  4. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

  5. Squad number11Player nameOuattara

  6. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  7. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  8. Squad number16Player nameTavernier

  9. Squad number19Player nameKluivert

  10. Squad number17Player nameSinisterra

  11. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

  1. Squad number7Player nameBrooks

  2. Squad number14Player nameScott

  3. Squad number24Player nameSemenyo

  4. Squad number29Player nameBilling

  5. Squad number37Player nameAarons



Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Vicario
  • 23Porro
  • 12Emerson RoyalBooked at 87mins
  • 33Davies
  • 38Udogie
  • 29SarrSubstituted forSkippat 32′minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 30BentancurSubstituted forHøjbjergat 58′minutes
  • 18Lo CelsoBooked at 90minsSubstituted forDierat 82′minutes
  • 22JohnsonSubstituted forGilat 82′minutes
  • 9RicharlisonSubstituted forVélizat 82′minutesSubstituted forat 90+4′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-min


  • 4Skipp
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 11Gil
  • 15Dier
  • 20Forster
  • 35Phillips
  • 36Véliz
  • 63Donley
  • 65Dorrington


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neto
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forBrooksat 82′minutes
  • 27Zabarnyi
  • 25SenesiBooked at 79mins
  • 11OuattaraSubstituted forAaronsat 45′minutes
  • 10ChristieSubstituted forScottat 69′minutes
  • 4L Cook
  • 16Tavernier
  • 19KluivertBooked at 25minsSubstituted forBillingat 61′minutes
  • 17SinisterraSubstituted forSemenyoat 61′minutes
  • 9Solanke


  • 6Mepham
  • 7Brooks
  • 8Rothwell
  • 14Scott
  • 21Moore
  • 24Semenyo
  • 29Billing
  • 37Aarons
  • 42Travers

Simon Hooper


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