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Aston Villa 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

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Aston Villa 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Aston Villa fell to a cruel last-gasp 3-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur as Heung-Min Son scored a 94th-minute winner.

Dean Smith's side looked to have claimed a well-deserved point from a breathless Premier League encounter at Villa Park but Son settled matters deep into injury time.

Villa flew out of the blocks and took an early lead courtesy of Toby Alderweireld's ninth-minute own goal.

Yet, for all the home side's pressure, Alderweireld levelled at the other end just before the half-hour mark.

And it was the visitors who went on to claim a half-time advantage when Son followed up quickest having seen his penalty saved by the superb Pepe Reina after the involvement of VAR in awarding the spot-kick.

Bjorn Engels headed Villa back on level terms in the 53rd minute and it remained all square thanks to the heroics of Reina between the sticks.

Yet Son pounced in added time to bag a winner with virtually the last kick of a dramatic clash.

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Villa showed two changes from the defeat at Bournemouth before the winter break, Danny Drinkwater and Engels coming in for Marvelous Nakamba and Tyrone Mings, who missed out altogether due to illness.

And after a bright start it was the hosts who opened the scoring with just nine minutes on the clock.

El Ghazi collected Reina’s long ball and turned well, embarking on a run down the right channel before delivering a ball to the near post which Alderweireld could only poke past Hugo Loris under pressure from Mbwana Samatta.

Villa captain Jack Grealish curled narrowly wide, Dele Alli saw his shot well blocked by Kortney Hause before Douglas Luiz’s goalbound attempt was deflected over by Ben Davies as a pulsating opening quarter flowed from end to end.

Yet it was Spurs who levelled matters in the 27th minute as Alderweireld turned and drilled high into the roof of the net from six yards after Son's corner fell invitingly.

Alli pulled an effort off target, El Ghazi tested Lloris from distance and Engels blocked Steven Bergwijn’s strike as chances continued during an entertaining first half.

However it was the visitors who led at the interval as VAR determined Engels’ challenge on Bergwijn in the penalty area was a foul, and despite Reina saving Son’s initial spot-kick, the South Korea international slotted home the rebound.

Nevertheless, Engels levelled matters himself eight minutes after the restart as he rose highest to head home Grealish's corner and make it 2-2.

Reina saved superbly from both Bergwijn and then Son before producing another brilliant save to deny Alli when he raced clean through in the 73rd minute. 

Deadline-day signing Borja Baston was introduced off the bench for his Villa debut as the encounter entered the closing stages.

Yet there was still time for Reina to come to the rescue again to twice deny Son in as many minutes, yet there was nothing he could do to prevent the Spurs frontman from inflicting an injury-time defeat.

Villa: Reina, Konsa, Engels, Hause, Guilbert, Drinkwater (Nakamba 60), Luiz, Targett, El Ghazi (Trezeguet 70), Grealish, Samatta (Baston 80).

Subs: Nyland, Taylor, El Mohamady, Hourihane.

Goals: Alderweireld (9 og), Alderweireld (27), Son (45+2, 90+4), Engels (53)

Who's next?

Dean Smith's Villa side travel to the south coast to face Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, February 22 (ko 3pm). 

The final remaining tickets are on sale, click here.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 16th February 2020