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Spurs boost top-four, In an encounter billed as pivotal in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League, early second-half goals from James Maddison and Brennan Johnson set Spurs on their way. And a seemingly leg-weary Villa side, who played at Ajax on Thursday evening, rarely looked capable of clawing their way back into the contest once captain John McGinn dismissed for a reckless tackle on visiting left-back Destiny Udogie in the 65th minute. With Spurs in complete control in the closing stages, stoppage-time goals from Son Heung-min and Timo Werner only served to rub salt into Villa’s wounds.

Spurs boost top-four

Spurs punished Villa in a crucial match as Villa aimed to secure a spot in Europe’s top club competition for the first time since 1982-83. Despite Villa’s efforts to play on the counter-attack in the first half, signs indicated that their fourth consecutive league victory might not be within reach. Ollie Watkins’ struggle following an early kick from Tottenham’s Micky van de Ven added to their challenges.

Having had a full week to prepare, Spurs demonstrated sharpness and greater intensity after the break. Sarr’s proactive play beyond Villa’s defensive line and a careless pass from Konsa towards Youri Tielemans boosted Spurs’ performance. McGinn’s red card further tipped the scales, allowing the visitors to capitalize and secure a scintillating second-half display.

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