Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Callum Wilson has a late effort ruled out by VAR

Bournemouth thought they had snatched a significant win in their bid to avoid relegation but were denied after Callum Wilson’s overhead kick was ruled out by the video assistant referee.

Wilson’s acrobatic stoppage-time effort struck Joshua King’s arm on the way into the Tottenham net.

The Cherries can take positives from ending a five-game losing run to earn a draw against Spurs but remain in the drop zone, three points from a position of safety.

A point also does little to further Spurs’ European ambitions, though the visitors felt they should have had a penalty for a push on forward Harry Kane.

Kane did not have a touch in the opposition box until the 78th minute as a lacklustre Spurs side failed to register a shot on target.

Bournemouth substitute Harry Wilson forced Hugo Lloris into a late save while King had earlier put the ball in the net from close range, but Stanislas was offside earlier in the move.

There was also concern for Cherries defender Adam Smith, who was carried off on a stretcher following lengthy treatment after suffering a head injury in a heavy collision with Ben Davies.

Erik Lamela glanced a header wide in Tottenham’s only real chance of note, with their early penalty appeal Jose Mourinho side’s best chance of breaking the deadlock.

Kane appeared to be shoved in the back by King from a corner but VAR looked at the incident and decided it was not a foul.

It leaves Tottenham ninth, one point behind north London rivals Arsenal, who they face on Sunday.

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Can Cherries conjure escape act?

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his love for the club is the driving factor behind his desire to extend their five-year stay in the top flight, having guided the Cherries from the fourth tier to the Premier League over two spells as manager.

After his side shipped nine goals in their previous two outings, the 42-year-old will take comfort in a clean sheet and a point against last year’s Champions League finalists.

But it could have been more for the hosts, had Callum Wilson’s effort not clipped team-mate King’s arm on its way into the net deep into stoppage time.

There was still time for namesake Harry to engineer a glorious chance to win it for Howe’s outfit, but the on-loan Liverpool winger fired straight at Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris.

It means Bournemouth remain three points behind 17th-placed Watford with four games to play.

Howe’s passion has seen the Cherries scale previously unthinkable heights, but they realistically need to win two of their remaining fixtures – against Leicester, Manchester City, rivals Southampton and Everton – to stay in the top flight.

Spurs fail to trouble struggling hosts

Tottenham still have a Europa League spot to play for this season, though boss Mourinho’s focus will no doubt already be on the rebuild required for next term.

On the evidence of Thursday’s performance, he has a big job.

Spurs have invested in a new stadium, world-class infrastructure and a high-profile manager but look to be lacking on the pitch compared with their Champions League-chasing rivals.

Chairman Daniel Levy will not want to contemplate an extended absence from Europe’s elite competition and will be expecting Mourinho to rediscover some of the magic that saw him win three Premier League titles to make sure that does not happen.

Spurs were wasteful, lethargic and lacking in ideas in the opening 45 minutes, having just four touches in the opposition box with none of those coming for Kane, who was more involved in his own penalty area.

The club’s record signing, Tanguy Ndombele, had played just 19 minutes since being hauled off at half-time during Spurs’ 1-1 draw at Burnley in March but was thrown on at the break to try to inject some life into the visitors.

The introduction of the £55m midfielder, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, and forward Son Heung-min did lead to more urgency but Bournemouth were rarely troubled.

Mourinho will no doubt be happy with recording a second successive clean sheet, especially without suspended centre-back Eric Dier, but Spurs’ lack of attacking inventiveness will be worrying.

Man of the match – Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)

Everybody knows it’s a penalty – Mourinho

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho speaking to Sky Sports: “The game has the most important moment [Kane penalty decision] and I don’t want to say any more in relation to that. Everybody knows. Everybody.

“The performance was not good enough. Bournemouth surprised me in the way they played. It was a good result for them and they got the point they wanted.

“We were dominant behind but then there was lack of sharpness in the attacking areas. I made changes, I think the changes helped to improve the game in the last half but we didn’t score.”

On the penalty decision by VAR: “The same referee who did the VAR decision against Sheffield United – Michael Oliver. Opinions matter. It’s not only mine, everybody knows that is a penalty and when I say everybody, I mean everybody. Everybody.”

Lerma fails to learn yellow card lesson – the stats

  • Bournemouth ended a five-game losing run in the Premier League while also keeping their first clean sheet in 17 matches in the competition.
  • Tottenham have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since April 2019.
  • This was only their second clean sheet in 24 away league outings (also 0-0 v Watford in January).
  • Bournemouth have only won one of their 10 Premier League meetings with Tottenham (D2 L7), failing to score in six of those.
  • This was the first time Bournemouth have stopped their opponent from having an attempt on target in a Premier League match, in what is their 186th game.
  • It is the first time a side managed by Jose Mourinho failed to have a shot on target in a Premier League fixture since April 2007 during his first spell with former side Chelsea (against Newcastle).
  • Callum Wilson’s disallowed strike was the sixth time Tottenham have conceded a Premier League goal which has later been ruled out by VAR – only Brighton and Southampton (both seven) have had more.
  • Since his Premier League debut in September 2018, Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma has been shown 23 yellow cards in the division (12 last season, 11 this) – the most of any player in this time.

What’s next?

Bournemouth host Leicester City on Sunday (19:00 BST), while Tottenham welcome Arsenal in the north London derby earlier that day (16:30).

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Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Moura.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Diego Rico (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Joshua King.

Attempt saved. Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua King.

Booking

Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Bournemouth).

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gedson Fernandes replaces Serge Aurier.

VAR Decision: No Goal Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur.

Hand ball by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Lerma.

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Kelly with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

Booking

Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur).

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Diego Rico.

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Diego Rico.

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Offside, Bournemouth. Aaron Ramsdale tries a through ball, but Joshua King is caught offside.

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joshua King (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Junior Stanislas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross following a corner.

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