James Maddison, Dejan Kulusevski score in Tottenham Hotspur win at Bournemouth

James Maddison, Dejan Kulusevski score in Tottenham Hotspur win at Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur secured consecutive victories in the Premier League as they triumphed 2-0 over Bournemouth in a Saturday clash at the Vitality Stadium.

Continuing their positive momentum from a 2-0 win against Manchester United, Spurs exhibited a strong performance against Andoni Iraola’s team, collecting seven points in the league standings.

The breakthrough arrived in the 17th minute courtesy of James Maddison. Dejan Kulusevski extended the away team’s lead to two goals in the 63rd minute during an impressive display in the early kickoff.

A significant blunder occurred in the 14th minute when Bournemouth’s goalkeeper, Neto, played the ball directly to Maddison. However, despite the initial shot being blocked by the 34-year-old goalkeeper, he managed to gather a subsequent header from Richarlison.

Nonetheless, Tottenham persisted, with Maddison securing the breakthrough three minutes later. He skillfully guided the ball into the bottom corner after a superb pass from Pape Sarr.

Sarr had an opportunity of his own in the 23rd minute following clever work by Son Heung-min. However, the midfielder’s attempt found the grateful arms of Neto.

Son’s subsequent attempt went wide of the post, but Bournemouth regained momentum in the later stages of the first half. Spurs’ goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario denied Philip Billing’s header.

Richarlison squandered another promising chance in the 37th minute, failing to trouble Neto inside the box. The visitors appealed for a penalty due to a challenge on Richarlison by Lloyd Kelly, but neither the referee nor VAR showed interest in the claim.

Richarlison then directed a header from Maddison’s cross just wide of the post. Vicario’s smart save on the opposite end prevented Ryan Christie’s strike from finding the net.

Billing had Bournemouth’s most favorable opportunity just before the half-time whistle, but his effort from inside the Spurs’ box narrowly missed the target.

Bournemouth initiated the second half with a significant chance as Dominic Solanke found space within the Spurs’ box and delivered a low cross. However, there were no takers at the far post.

In the 57th minute, Antoine Semenyo’s powerful attempt narrowly missed the target, highlighting Bournemouth’s strong start to the second period.

Tottenham capitalized on their advantage in the 63rd minute when Kulusevski converted a cross from Destiny Udogie into a close-range goal.

Maddison’s effort in the 69th minute narrowly missed the Bournemouth goal, and Ben Davies’ late strike went over the target. Nevertheless, the visitors concluded the match with three goals, marking a successful afternoon for the North London club, which temporarily ascended to the top position in the division.

Tottenham’s focus will now shift to the EFL Cup as they prepare for a match against Fulham on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Bournemouth is set to face Swansea City in the same competition on the same night.