Tottenham vs Aston Villa Player Rating as Villa come from behind to win at Spurs and move into the top four


Aston Villa came from behind to beat Spurs and record a first away win in two months to move into the top four at the expense of Ange Postecoglou’s men.

Both sides had great opportunities to open the scoring in the opening five minutes, Dejan Kulusevski hitting the post with a left foot for Spurs while Pau Torres should have really finished with a free header inside the box.

Despite a number of changes to their side due to injury and suspension, Spurs dominated the early stages of the ball and Villa were content to play on the counter.

The home side took the lead in the 23rd minute through Giovani Lo Celso, the Argentinian midfielder, albeit with the help of a deflection, slotting past fellow international Emi Martinez. It was the midfielder’s first Premier League goal in over three years.

Villa thought they had leveled soon after but Ollie Watkins was adjudged to be offside when he headed home from the penalty area. It took nearly three minutes for the VAR decision to come in, but it appeared to be the right one.

Offside would then rule out Son Heung-Min’s strike just before half-time, but no VAR was needed here.

Villa equalized out of nowhere in added time in the first 45, Torres made no mistake with his second chance header. Douglas Luiz brilliantly crossed from a free kick that he just wanted to finish.

The second half began with Villa continuing to look dangerous on the counter and another goal ruled out for Son, again the Spurs captain offside.

Villa took the lead just after the hour with a brilliant goal from Ollie Watkins. The England striker exchanged the ball with Youri Tielemans before a quality low finish from inside the box.

Son completed a hat-trick of offside goals late in the game, this time after Pedro Porro’s shot deflected off the post and into his box.

Villa were on course for another big away win in London this season, while Spurs will be rueing several missed chances as well as a growing injury list.

Tottenham player ratings

GK: Guglielmo Vicario – 6/10 

RB: Pedro Porro – 6/10 –

CB: Emerson Royal – 6/10 –

CB: Ben Davies – 5/10 –

LB: Destiny Udogie – 6/10 

CM: Rodrigo Bentancur – 6/10 

CM: Giovani Lo Celso – 8/10 

RM: Brennan Johnson – 6/10 

AM: Dejan Kulusevski – 6/10 

LM: Bryan Gil – 5/10 

CF: Son Heung-min – 6/10

Aston Villa player ratings

GK: Emiliano Martinez – 8/10 

RB: Ezri Konsa – 7/10 

CB: Diego Carlos – 7/10

CB: Pau Torres – 8/10 

LB: Lucas Digne – 7/10 

RM: Matty Cash – 4/10 

CM: Douglas Luiz – 7/10 –

CM: Boubacar Kamara – 6/10 

LM: John McGinn – 7/10 

CF: Moussa Diaby – 5/10 

CF: Ollie Watkins – 8/10 

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