Tottenham booed after a costly home defeat to Aston Villa

Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League suffered a blow with second-half goals from Emiliano Buendia and Douglas Luiz that saw Aston Villa win 2-0.

World Cup finalists Hugo Lloris and Cristian Romero returned to Spurs, but the former was to blame for Buendia’s opener and Luiz was able to score in the 73rd minute.

It extended Unai Emery’s unbeaten record against Tottenham to four games and inflicted more misery on Antonio Conte’s side, who had lost top spot in the last 10 games and now dropped to fifth in the Premier League.

The Spurs continued to create chances and were booed off after a third home defeat in their last five games.

While Tottenham were boosted by the return of Romero and Lloris, Dejan Kulusevski became the last player unavailable for Conte due to a minor muscle injury.

Romero’s compatriot Emiliano Martinez was also at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium but was only named on the Villa bench two weeks after his heroic deeds at Lusail.

Villa boss Emery had never lost to the slow-starting Spurs before and almost watched Ollie Watkins shoot at the visitors as he dashed down the left but stalled his shot from 14 yards.

This was no sign of what was to come as a poor first half came out with as many yellow cards as shots.

Each of Tottenham’s three centre-backs were booked by John Brooks in a hasty nine-minute period, with Ben Davies getting lucky after rushing to attack with Ashley Young.

Chances were slim before Young was in a good position to clear Harry Kane’s header off the goal line in the 40th minute after Ivan Perisic rounded Robin Olsen in Villa’s goal.

This woke Conte’s side with Son Heung-min throwing his save mark midway through the half, curling a free-kick into the arms of the Swedish goalkeeper soon after.

Despite going into half-time without conceding a goal, Tottenham’s habit of falling behind continued for five minutes into the second period.

Lloris made a mistake in his first appearance since the World Cup final, and Buendia gained.

Luiz’s long-range shot was delivered by Lloris and the watchful Watkins reacted quickest to pick up Buendia, who netted at close range, to help him compensate for his disappointment with Qatar after failing to make the Argentina squad.

Perisic sent in a turn effort moments later before Conte turned to his limited options on the bench and brought on Ryan Sessegnon to replace Bryan Gil after struggling to make an impact on his first Premier League start.

Matt Doherty, Spurs’ second winger, prevented Villa from doubling up in the 64th minute when his tackle was thwarted by Watkins.

Soon after, Kane fired wide from a half volley before making a costly mistake as the visiting team doubled their lead.

Boubacar Kamara grabbed the ball from the Spurs striker and John McGinn traded passes with Luiz who hit home to get the home crowd chanting against chairman Daniel Levy.

Conte made a flurry of late changes as Pape Sarr was brought in for his debut and Djed Spence scored a rare appearance, but a buzz greeted the full-time whistle.

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