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Ake strikes late to sink nine-man Tottenham Hotspur

Ake strikes late
Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli (R) gestures at referee Craig Pawson (2R) as Paeson watches Tottenham Hotspur’s English defender Danny Rose (4R) remonstrate with Bournemouth’s Dutch defender Nathan Ake (3L) and Bournemouth’s Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma (L) during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on May 4, 2019. – Bournemouth won the match 1-0. (AFP)

BOURNEMOUTH (United Kingdom), May 4: Nine-man Tottenham Hotspur’s bid for Champions League football was rocked on Saturday after Nathan Ake’s last-gasp winner punished red cards for Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth and condemned Spurs to a 1-0 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth.
South Korea forward Son was sent off for a needless push in the closing moments of the first half and Argentine defender Foyth saw red for a studs-up lunge soon after the interval, barely two minutes after entering the field as a half-time substitute.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked like they would hold on for a point as the match entered stoppage-time, but Bournemouth defender Ake ended thirdplaced Tottenham’s stubborn resistence to delay their attempt to guarantee a place in the Premier League’s top four.
A win at Dean Court would have achieved that aim, but fourth-placed Chelsea will now go above Spurs if they defeat Watford and Arsenal, currently fifth, will move to within one point of their north London rivals if they beat Brighton.
Tottenham’s ninth defeat in their last 15 games in all competitions means they need to wait for Sunday’s results to see if they need to win their final Premier League game of the season at home to Everton on May 12.
It was the worst possible preparation for their bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax on Wednesday.
Pochettino didn’t rest any of his key players ahead of the trip to Amsterdam, with Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura all starting, although Jan Vertonghen was absent after his head injury in midweek.
Lucas Moura tried to catch out Bournemouth’s teenage keeper Mark Travers with an audacious effort from the halfway line.
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Torino hearts in 1-1 derby draw
Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a late equaliser to spoil Torino’s dream of a first win at city rivals Juventus in nearly a quarter of a century and frustrate their bid to move into the Champions League places.
Sasa Lukic had fired Torino ahead after 17 minutes in a match brought forward a day to avoid clashing with Saturday’s 70th anniversary of the air disaster that wiped out the all-conquering ‘Grande Torino’ team of the 1940s.
But Ronaldo headed in for 1-1 after 84 minutes to leave Torino in sixth place, two points off the Champions League berths with three games left to play. (AFP)