Crisis-hit Tottenham ‘hangs over’ as 1-2 reverse at Aston Villa sees third straight defeat

English professional soccer’s Tottenham Hotspur, which had a goal by Son Heung-min disallowed three times for offside, came from behind to lose to Aston Villa for the third straight time.Tottenham fell 1-2 at home to Aston Villa in the 13th round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) on Sunday (July 27) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, after Ollie Watkins struck 16 minutes into the second half.With their third straight defeat, Tottenham slipped to fifth place (28 points), losing ground to Aston Villa in fourth (26 points).After going unbeaten in their opening 10 games (8 wins, 2 draws), Tottenham’s momentum has come to a screeching halt with a string of injuries to key players.With a full injury ward and even first-choice center back Cristian Romero out through suspension, Spurs started the game with a nearly new lineup.

Ben Davies and Emerson, who normally play left and right back respectively, started at center back in a back four.Rodrigo Bentancur and Giovani Rosselso also started for the first time this season in the midfield.Son Heung-min worked diligently up front, looking for scoring chances, but that was about it.Heung-min, who has eight goals and one assist this season, hasn’t scored an attacking point in three games since the match against Crystal Palace in Round 10.The entire Tottenham offense, including Son, was not sharp enough in the opponent’s danger zone. The final passes to players in scoring positions were often intercepted by opposing defenders.Spurs opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Rosselso collected a loose ball from a corner kick and finished with a strong left-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area.It was Rosselso’s first goal of the season in his first start.

In a fiercely contested first half, Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins header in the 22nd minute and Son Heung-min’s right-footed curling effort from a Tottenham counter-attack in the 44th minute were both ruled out for offside.Tottenham also suffered a setback when Bentancur, who was tackled hard by Aston Villa’s Matty Cash, felt pain in his right knee in the 30th minute and was replaced by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.It was no small setback for Bentancur, who was a mainstay in the Spurs lineup until midway through last season when he tore the cruciate ligament in his left knee.After seemingly going into the break on top, Spurs were forced to settle for an equalizer from a set piece just before the final whistle.Douglas Lewis’ free-kick diagonal cross from the right was headed in by Pau Torres to make it 1-1. Tottenham had a golden

Opportunity in the ninth minute of the second half. After receiving an exquisite back-heeled pass from Son Heung-min, Kulusevski on the left side of the goal area crossed the ball to Brennan Johnson on the other side of the box, who was unfortunate not to get a foot on it. In the 14th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min should have doubled the lead when he collected a pass from Johnson and finished unstoppably in the box, but once again the goal was disallowed due to Johnson being offside. Unlike Tottenham, Aston Villa didn’t waste their chances. In the 16th minute of the second half, Watkins exchanged one-on-one passes with Yuri Tillemans before penetrating to the front of the goal area and cracking the post with his right foot. The Tottenham defense, which had settled down first, gave Watkins too much space to shoot. Son rattled the net again in the 40th minute after his teammate’s shot hit the post, but this time the goal was 바카라사이트 disallowed as he was ruled to have been in an offside position at the time of his earlier effort.

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