Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Visitors close on Champions League spot

Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Visitors close on Champions League spot

10 March 2024 0 By Total Football News


Brennan Johnson
Brennan Johnson’s fourth goal of the season doubled Spurs’ second-half lead

Tottenham boosted their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish with an emphatic victory over 10-man Aston Villa at Villa Park.

In an encounter billed as pivotal in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League, early second-half goals from James Maddison and Brennan Johnson set Spurs on their way.

And a seemingly leg-weary Villa side, who played at Ajax on Thursday evening, rarely looked capable of clawing their way back into the contest once captain John McGinn was dismissed for a reckless tackle on visiting left-back Destiny Udogie in the 65th minute.

With Spurs in complete control in the closing stages, stoppage-time goals from Son Heung-min and Timo Werner only served to rub salt into Villa’s wounds.

The hosts remain fourth in the table but are now only two points above Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs, who have a game in hand.

An underwhelming first period had seen the teams cancel each other out with Johnson’s low attempted cross from the left, which was easily gathered by home goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, the closest thing to resembling a shot on target.

However, Pape Matar Sarr’s superb cross from the right saw Maddison prod in shortly after the break and when home defender Ezri Konsa carelessly gave possession away deep in his own half, Johnson collected Son’s pass to double Tottenham’s lead.

With the home stands already emptying early into 10 added minutes, South Korea forward Son swept home his 159th goal for the north London club and provided Werner’s opportunity, with the German’s placed close-range shot finding the right corner.

Scintillating Spurs punish Villa

With Villa aiming to reach Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since they were defending champions in 1982-83, skipper McGinn labelled their meeting with Tottenham “the most important game in the club’s recent history,” prior to kick-off.

However, in a first half in which they continuously attempted to play on the counter-attack, there were already signs that a fourth consecutive league victory might not be forthcoming.

While they showed plenty of application there was very little by the way of quality in the final third and they were not helped by Ollie Watkins struggling off the back of an early kick from Tottenham’s Dutch centre-back Micky van de Ven.

With Spurs having enjoyed the benefit of a full week to prepare, their sharpness and greater intensity told after the break.

Sarr’s willingness to run beyond a high Villa defensive line to brilliantly supply Maddison sparked Spurs into life.

Konsa’s careless pass towards Youri Tielemans provided a further helping hand, as did McGinn’s red card, which told in the later stages, allowing the visitors to pick Villa off to conclude a scintillating second-half display.

Player of the match

Son Heung-minSon Heung-min

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number1Player nameE Martínez

  2. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  3. Squad number2Player nameCash

  4. Squad number14Player nameP Torres

  5. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  6. Squad number17Player nameLenglet

  7. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  8. Squad number31Player nameBailey

  9. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  10. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  11. Squad number19Player nameDiaby

  12. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  13. Squad number22Player nameZaniolo

  14. Squad number47Player nameIroegbunam

  15. Squad number15Player nameÁlex Moreno

  16. Squad number3Player nameDiego Carlos

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1E Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4KonsaSubstituted forDiego Carlosat 85′minutes
  • 17LengletSubstituted forZanioloat 58′minutes
  • 14P Torres
  • 12DigneSubstituted forMorenoat 58′minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 65mins
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 8TielemansSubstituted forDiabyat 58′minutes
  • 31BaileySubstituted forIroegbunamat 69′minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 3Diego Carlos
  • 15Moreno
  • 19Diaby
  • 22Zaniolo
  • 24Durán
  • 25Olsen
  • 27Rogers
  • 29Kesler-Hayden
  • 47Iroegbunam

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Vicario
  • 23Porro
  • 17Romero
  • 37van de VenSubstituted forDragusinat 49′minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 38Udogie
  • 8Bissouma
  • 29SarrBooked at 19minsSubstituted forBentancurat 70′minutes
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forWernerat 87′minutes
  • 22JohnsonSubstituted forHøjbjergat 88′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-min

Substitutes

  • 5Højbjerg
  • 6Dragusin
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 16Werner
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 30Bentancur
  • 33Davies
  • 40Austin
  • 44Scarlett

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