When push comes to shove, it’s stale­mate 0 0


TOT­TEN­HAM were again left fum­ing at VAR af­ter they were de­nied a clear penalty in a 0-0 draw at Bournemout­h which does noth­ing for ei­ther side’s am­bi­tions this sea­son.

Af­ter see­ing a Lu­cas Moura goal ruled out by VAR of­fi­cial Michael Oliver in last week’s loss at Sh­effield United, Oliver was again the man who ruled Harry Kane had not been pushed early in the game.

Spurs put in a below-par per­for­mance that hurts their Europa League hopes, fail­ing to have a shot on tar­get in the en­tire match, and the fate of their sea­son and whether they can qual­ify for




Europe now clearly hinge on Sun­day’s north Lon­don derby.

Bournemout­h, who lost Adam Smith to a nasty head in­jury, ended a run of four suc­ces­sive de­feats since the restart and they could have taken the three points, but Cal­lum Wil­son’s goal was ruled out by Oliver af­ter Josh King han­dled. They re­main three points from safety and face a real fight to re­tain their Premier League sta­tus.

Spurs were ut­terly tooth­less go­ing for­ward, with their en­tire side con­demned to an ‘av­er­age po­si­tion’ in­side their own half in the open­ing 45 min­utes.

It forced Jose Mour­inho into two changes at half-time, with Tan­guy Ndombele brought back from ex­ile, com­ing on for just the sec­ond time since the restart, along with He­ung-min Son.

The game was sub­ject to a lengthy hold-up early in the sec­ond half as Smith was knocked out af­ter an aerial chal­lenge with Ben Davies. He needed eight min­utes of treat­ment and left the field on a stretcher with an oxy­gen mask on.

Spurs’ changes helped them be­come more of a threat but Erik Lamela’s glanced header that drifted wide was their only mo­ment of prom­ise.

What­ever Mour­inho’s mis­giv­ings about Oliver, the VAR of­fi­cial came to his side’s res­cue in the 90th minute.

Cal­lum Wil­son’s over­head kick found the bot­tom cor­ner but it hit King’s hand on the way in and Oliver ruled it out. Lloris was the next per­son to res­cue Spurs in the fifth minute of 12 added on as the France goal­keeper raced out to block Harry Wil­son’s ef­fort.


Fall guy: Kane goes down but no penalty was awarded

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