Tottenham Hotspur suffered its third straight Premier League defeat on Sunday with a 2-1 loss at home to Aston Villa in a thrilling game full of chances. Villa’s first away win in over two months moved them above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth in the table, but that seemed unlikely as they were beaten in the first half.
The home side deservedly took the lead in the 22nd minute when Giovanni Lo Celso’s shot went wide and could have been comfortably ahead before Torres equalized with a powerful header in first-half stoppage time. Both sides continued to have chances after the break, but Villa took the lead shortly after the break, with Ollie Watkins finishing well off an assist from Youri Tielemans.
Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made two fine saves, Ben Davies had a superb header over the bar and Pedro Polo hit the post to gift the hapless hosts… Villa was also hit by injuries again as Rodrigo Bentancur limped off in the first half. Unai Emery’s Villa have 28 points from 13 games, trailing Liverpool on goal difference and just two points behind leaders Arsenal.
Tottenham Hotspur appear to be in trouble, having gone unbeaten in their first 10 Premier League games under new coach Anj Postecoglou before a 4-1 home defeat At Chelsea. They are fifth with 26 points and will face champions Manchester City away from home next weekend.
Injury-plagued Tottenham is also the first team since Leicester City in 2014 to lose three consecutive Premier League games after leading 1-0 and also defeated Chelsea and Wolves. Team.
“It was a tough result, but I’m really happy with the way the kids played,” Postkoglu said.
“I’m really proud of her. I thought we played good football and on another day we would have won easily. There was no frustration. We played well and as a head coach, that’s all you can ask for .”
Postkoglu’s side almost took the lead in the third minute when Dejan Kulusevski chipped the ball inside and hit the post. Subsequently, Son Heung-min’s shot was offside, and Tottenham continued to give Villa the lead despite being offside.
Tottenham’s pressure eventually paid off when the ball was played back to Lo Celso, who fired a left-footed shot from the edge of the area that deflected and sailed past Martinez. Villa thought they had equalized almost immediately when Watkins fired in from close range, but a VAR check – one of several in the game – ruled he was offside.
Tottenham’s problems began when Bentancur limped off the pitch, with the Uruguayan recently returning from injury. Then, in the 6th minute of stoppage time, Torres received a pass from Douglas Luiz and headed the ball past Tottenham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario.
Villa looked more dangerous after the break and took the lead when Tielemans linked up with Watkins, who converted Vicario with a fine finish for his seventh league goal of the season. ball.