Tottenham 2-1 Burnley: Micky van de Ven keeps Champions League hopes alive and relegates Clarets

Van de Ven struck a late winner (Action Images via Reuters)
Van de Ven struck a late winner (Action Images via Reuters)

Micky van de Ven kept Tottenham’s slim Champions League hopes alive as Spurs came from behind to relegate Burnley from the Premier League.

Vincent Kompany's Clarets had to claim all three points to keep alive their faint hopes of avoiding an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

Jacob Bruun Larsen's 25th-minute opener gave them hope in north London, but Pedro Porro equalised seven minutes later.

While Burnley were anticipated to finish strongly in pursuit of taking their Premier League survival bid to the final day, the opposite occurred.

After Ange Postecoglou watched his Spurs side squander a number of chances, a tactical switch-up with Van de Ven moved out to left-back paid off when the Netherlands defender curled home with eight minutes left.

It sent Burnley back to the second tier but also keeps Tottenham in the hunt for Champions League qualification after they closed the gap to fourth-placed Villa to four points.