Spurs see off wasteful Bournemouth

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Pape Sarr celebrates goalTottenham 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.

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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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Tottenham Hotspur

Squad number13Player nameVicario

Squad number23Player namePorro

Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal

Squad number33Player nameDavies

Squad number38Player nameUdogie

Squad number29Player nameSarr

Squad number30Player nameBentancur

Squad number18Player nameLo Celso

Squad number22Player nameJohnson

Squad number9Player nameRicharlison

Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-min

Squad number4Player nameSkipp

Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg

Squad number11Player nameGil

Squad number15Player nameDier

Squad number36Player nameVéliz

AFC Bournemouth

Squad number1Player nameNeto

Squad number15Player nameA Smith

Squad number27Player nameZabarnyi

Squad number25Player nameSenesi

Squad number11Player nameOuattara

Squad number10Player nameChristie

Squad number4Player nameL Cook

Squad number16Player nameTavernier

Squad number19Player nameKluivert

Squad number17Player nameSinisterra

Squad number9Player nameSolanke

Squad number7Player nameBrooks

Squad number14Player nameScott

Squad number24Player nameSemenyo

Squad number29Player nameBilling

Squad number37Player nameAarons

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-3-3

13Vicario23Porro12Emerson RoyalBooked at 87mins33Davies38Udogie29SarrSubstituted forSkippat 32'minutesBooked at 56mins30BentancurSubstituted forHøjbjergat 58'minutes18Lo CelsoBooked at 90minsSubstituted forDierat 82'minutes22JohnsonSubstituted forGilat 82'minutes9RicharlisonSubstituted forVélizat 82'minutesSubstituted forat 90+4'minutes7Son Heung-min

Substitutes

4Skipp5Højbjerg11Gil15Dier20Forster35Phillips36Véliz63Donley65Dorrington

Bournemouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Neto15A SmithSubstituted forBrooksat 82'minutes27Zabarnyi25SenesiBooked at 79mins11OuattaraSubstituted forAaronsat 45'minutes10ChristieSubstituted forScottat 69'minutes4L Cook16Tavernier19KluivertBooked at 25minsSubstituted forBillingat 61'minutes17SinisterraSubstituted forSemenyoat 61'minutesBooked at 84mins9Solanke

Substitutes

6Mepham7Brooks8Rothwell14Scott21Moore24Semenyo29Billing37Aarons42Travers

Referee:Simon Hooper

Attendance:61,780

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Bournemouth 1.

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Bournemouth 1.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).

Antoine Semenyo (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Bournemouth. Alex Scott is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David Brooks (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alex Scott.

Attempt blocked. Antoine Semenyo (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Cook with a cross.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Eric Dier.

Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Senesi with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Marcus Tavernier (Bournemouth).

Alejo Véliz went off injured after Tottenham Hotspur had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Alejo Véliz (Tottenham Hotspur).

Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Eric Dier.

Attempt saved. Antoine Semenyo (Bournemouth) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Emerson Royal.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Alex Scott (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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