Tottenham finally got off the mark in the Premier League at Wembley
Christian Eriksen’s early second-half strike fired Tottenham to their first Premier League win at Wembley with a 1-0 victory against a spirited Bournemouth side.
Eriksen’s (47) third goal in the Premier League this season ensured Tottenham emerged victorious against Eddie Howe’s men, who were defensively solid for most of the match.
Harry Kane had two glorious chances to put Spurs further ahead in the second half, but Bournemouth were able to limit the hosts to just the one goal as their away troubles continue.
Victory for Tottenham places them four points ahead of rivals Chelsea in third, while Bournemouth drop down to 19th after their fourth consecutive loss on the road.
Even though Tottenham had the majority of possession in the opening 20 minutes, Bournemouth blew two great opportunities to take the lead. On the counter-attack, Junior Stanislas’ first-time shot was blocked by Davinson Sanchez shortly before a dangerous corner forced Hugo Lloris into a reflex save to prevent Eric Dier from scoring an own goal.
Tottenham struggled to break down Bournemouth’s compact defence but their best chance of the half arrived to Kane, who met Eriksen’s curling pass around the Cherries defence but his scuffed shot was parried away by Asmir Begovic.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side improved drastically in the second half with Eriksen scoring the opener in the 47th minute. The Denmark international jinked past Steve Cook with ease before slotting home.
Ben Davies missed out with illness and Danny Rose hadn’t recovered from his knee injury, meaning Heung-Min Son entered the starting XI.
For Bournemouth, Dan Gosling and Steve Cook entered the team for Marc Pugh and Jermain Defoe, who both dropped to the bench.
Begovic was called into action to make a superb double save against Kane on the hour mark as Spurs continued to apply the pressure, but neither of the England striker’s close-range attempts could beat the experienced Bosnia international.
Jordon Ibe and Jermain Defoe almost made an instant impact in the 75th minute as Ibe played a lovely reverse pass through to former Spurs striker, but his low strike was saved by Lloris’ trailing foot at the near post.
Begovic was called into action twice in the final 15 minutes. First he denied Eriksen from the edge of the box before coming out to tackle Georges-Kevin N’Koudou on the edge of the box in the final minute, but Spurs held on for a significant victory.
Bournemouth may have lost in the Premier League again, but the scoreline could have been far worse if not for the goalkeeping heroics of Begovic.
The former Stoke and Chelsea goalkeeper made five crucial saves in the contest, and also showed great bravery to deny Georges-Kevin N’Koudou a late second goal in injury time.
Tottenham have a crucial Champions League tie against holders Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night. Bournemouth, meanwhile, travel to Stoke City next Saturday.