Happy Sunday, Spurs fans! To our American readers, did you remember to change your clocks ahead one hour? Daylight Savings Time started this morning at 2 a.m. which means our west coast friends not only had to get up early to watch today’s match but also like the rest of us lost an hour of sleep. Wheee.
Tottenham had a miserable mid-week after they crashed out of the Champions League against Juventus. However, they have a chance to bounce back in a big way today against Bournemouth. Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United means that Spurs can leapfrog the Reds into third in the table with a win over the Cherries.
Spurs will probably have some rotation after an emotionally and physically draining midweek match: don’t be surprised if Lucas Moura gets his first Premier League start for Tottenham today. Eric Dier is a doubt after picking up a knock to his elbow against Juventus, meaning Victor Wanyama could slide into midfield.
We’ll continue with the experiment that we started with the Juventus match. Live updates will be posted in this section. Refresh to see them.
FULL TIME: Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur. It looked a little grim there for a while, but Spurs found a way to win away to avoid a Champions League hangover, and they did it (mostly) without Harry Kane, who went off with an ankle knock.
The win puts Spurs ahead of Liverpool into third place in the table, four behind United in second.
91’: ANOTHER ONE! It’s Serge Aurier this time for Spurs’ fourth! Serge was completely unmarked at the back post. Trippier’s lob was parried by Begovic, but Serge was there to head the ball into the net.
87’: GOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!! It’s three and Son Heung-Min has his second of the game! Eriksen took the ball away in the midfield and fed a wide-open Son in space. Sonny makes easy work of it, rounding Begovic and firing home. That’s the match, folks, it’s 3-1 Spurs!
And just seconds later Son goes close again, but Begovic parries.
84’: Bournemouth have the ball in the back of the net, but it’s called back after Mike Dean adjudged that Callum Wilson shoved Davinson Sanchez in the back before the goal. And now Dele is down receiving treatment. On comes Moussa Sissoko! (Kieran Trippier earlier came on for Danny Rose.)
76’: Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe comes on for Bournemouth, to a very warm reception from the visiting Spurs fans. J.D. Trouble will always be loved by the Tottenham faithful. Still 2-1 to Tottenham.
62’: GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!! It’s Son Heung-Min! Dele had a nice chip to the back post and while Sonny kind of scuffs the shot it’s enough to put it past Begovic! Despite playing mostly badly, Spurs are now up 2-1 and without Harry Kane!
58’: Here’s your update on Harry Kane. It, uh, doesn’t sound great. (Though important to note that “ligaments” just means “sprain” in England). Spurs don’t play in the Premier League after this match until April 1 at Chelsea.
Concern as Harry Kane suffers injury to same ankle as last season. “Possibly ligaments” Poch tells Sky reporter: https://t.co/v565eJjdOg— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) March 11, 2018
55’: Son Heung-Min taken down in the box by Charlie Daniels, but Mike Dean decides not to call it. Harrumph. Still 1-1.
47’: We’re back underway in the second half, and Simon Francis almost immediately forces a great save from Hugo Lloris. Not a good time to fall asleep, boys.
HALFTIME: B’mouth 1-1 Tottenham. The good: Spurs have grown into the match after what was a pretty poor start to the match, and go into halftime level. The bad: Tottenham look like they’re still recovering from Juventus, and Harry Kane has gone off with what looks like an ankle knock.
35’: SPURS ARE LEVEL! Dele Alli with his first goal in what feels like forever. Serge Aurier had a great cross into the box, and Dele was in exactly the right spot. It’s 1-1! And because Dele is Dele, he cups his hand to his ear as he runs past the Bournemouth faithful. Never change, Dele.
32’: No he’s not. Kane is off down the tunnel, and Erik Lamela comes on as his substitute. Son moved up top. Things are going great! Cool, cool.
29’: Kane puts the ball in the net with a lovely one-touch finish, but he’s a yard offside and the goal’s called back. Drat. And now the physios are on the field attending to his ankle, but it looks like he’s ok.
20’: Mousa Dembele having a bit of a nightmare out there. Unusually wayward with his passing, off with his challenges. Fatigue?
7’: Goal Bournemouth. 1-0. You don’t give Junior Stanislas two chances. He found himself wide open at the back post after a cross and put it past Hugo to put the Cherries up 1-0.
4’: BOURNEMOUTH OFF THE BAR! A scary moment for Spurs early as Callum Wilson sprung a Bournemouth counterattack and Spurs fell asleep on defense. Junior Stanislas had a wide-open shot and dinked it off the bar. Tottenham lucky not to be down early.
Kickoff on the south coast! Bournemouth have lost only once in their last ten Premier League matches; Spurs are undefeated in 2018. This one might be tighter than what some believe. COYS!
#THFC: Lloris (C), Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/5ncZsBlD4S— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 11, 2018
Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @SpursOfficial...— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) March 11, 2018
One change to starting XI
Mousset starts, with King on bench
Arter returns to squad
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Match Date, Time and Location
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12 m (ET), 4 p.m. (GMT)
Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
Match official: Mike Dean
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