Bournemouth 2-3 Tottenham: Late Bentancur strike completes dramatic Spurs turnaround

Tottenham came from two goals down to earn a sensational 3-2 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday thanks to Rodrigo Bentancur's stoppage-time winner.

A double from Wales striker Kieffer Moore had given Bournemouth a two-goal lead in the Premier League clash, only for Ryan Sessegnon and Ben Davies to reply for the north London side.

Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Bentancur scored what proved to be the winner to send the travelling Spurs fans into ecstasy.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte indicated prior to the game that he had one eye on next week’s Champions League trip to Marseille, and the performance for the first hour from his team appeared to suggest the same was true for them, before the stunning comeback ensued.

It was the hosts who started the liveliest of the sides, with Moore heading narrowly over from a corner and Marcus Tavernier testing Hugo Lloris with a fierce strike in the opening four minutes.

The same duo combined to give the Cherries the lead in the 22nd minute after excellent hold-up play from Dominic Solanke. Tavernier was set free down the right, and his cross found the unmarked Moore in the box to calmly finish with a first-time shot low to Lloris’ bottom left.

It took 36 minutes for Spurs to properly threaten, with a whipped cross from the right by Son Heung-min inadvertently flicked on by the head of Bournemouth defender Marcos Senesi and striking the far post.

Bournemouth doubled their lead just four minutes into the second half when Moore ran ahead of Emerson Royal to get on the end of a wicked ball in from the right by Adam Smith and head in off the crossbar.

Spurs halved the deficit just seven minutes later when Sessegnon raced onto a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg throughball to fire across Mark Travers and in off the far post, and they drew level with 17 minutes remaining when Ivan Perisic's inswinging corner from the right was headed in at the far post by Davies.

It looked like that would be that until Son's corner from the left in the dying moments found substitute Bentancur, whose initial header was blocked, but the Uruguayan kept his composure to lift the ball into the net and break Bournemouth hearts.

Bournemouth 2-3 Tottenham
Bournemouth 2-3 Tottenham

What does it mean? Much-needed boost for Spurs

After a stressful week for Spurs in which Conte and his players seemed to spend more time fuming about VAR than playing football, this will have raised spirits ahead of their trip to face Marseille on Tuesday.

It had been three games without a win in all competitions, and the pressure looked to be getting to them when struggling to handle Moore and Bournemouth initially at the Vitality Stadium.

However, Spurs ultimately deserved their victory, having 23 attempts on goal to Bournemouth's six, seeing 69 per cent of the ball and making 624 passes, their highest total of the season.

Brilliant Bentancur again

While many will have been expecting Son or Kane to be the hero as they so often are, Bentancur is developing a habit of being the late man for his team.

The former Juventus midfielder scored the equaliser against Sporting CP in midweek and popped up to find the winner here. He will surely start at the Stade Velodrome.

Cherries unable to stem tide

After a strong start to the game, this ended up being another defeat for the hosts, who have now lost three on the bounce.

This was also the first time in 43 English Premier League matches that Bournemouth have lost after leading at half-time (W32, D10), a record that dated back to January 12, 2016 against West Ham (lost 3-1).

Key Opta facts

- Tottenham came back to win a Premier League game in which they had trailed by two or more goals for the first time since May 2018 (5-4 v Leicester), and for the first time in an away game since November 2010 v Arsenal (3-2).
- Since the start of last season, Tottenham have scored more 90th-minute winners away from home than any other Premier League side (4). Indeed, this is at least twice as many as any other side in this period.
- Bournemouth have conceded more goals than any other team in the Premier League this season – 28. This is the most they have shipped after 13 games in a single campaign in the competition
- Spurs have conceded the opening goal in each of their last three Premier League games; their longest such run since their final three matches in the competition under Nuno Espirito Santo in October 2021.
- Bournemouth striker Moore has now been directly involved in 101 goals in English league football (excluding play-offs), scoring 83 goals and providing 18 assists.
- Hojbjerg has been directly involved in five goals in the Premier League this season (three goals, two assists), already just one fewer than his most in a single campaign for Spurs (six in 38 appearances in 2020-21 – two goals, four assists).

What's next?

Bournemouth travel to Leeds United next Saturday, while Tottenham have their crucial final Champions League group game at Marseille on Tuesday before hosting Liverpool in the Premier League next Sunday.