Son Heung-min uncharacteristically lost his head for Tottenham as the forward was sent off against Bournemouth following a clash with Jefferson Lerma – while Juan Foyth was later given a straight red only minutes after entering the fray.
Spurs travelled to Bournemouth for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday afternoon knowing a win would guarantee a place in the Premier League’s top four and therefore qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men started brightly, forcing Mark Travers, the 19-year-old goalkeeper making his Bournemouth debut, into a number of smart saves.
But Tottenham suddenly appeared rattled as the half wore on as Eric Dier could have been sent off for a tackle from behind as Bournemouth broke clear with the England international already on a booking.
And Son left his team-mates with a mountain to climb, reacting angrily to a fairly innocuous clash with Lerma.
Son sees 🔴!
The South Korean reacts with a shove on Lerma and Craig Pawson reaches straight for the red card.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 4, 2019
Pochettino responded to the blow by replacing Dier and Toby Alderweireld, who was also on a booking, with Victor Wanyama and Juan Foyth at half-time.
But Foyth was sent back down the tunnel almost quickly as he appeared from it as the defender received a straight red card two minutes after the restart following a reckless tackle.