Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham: VAR helps Spurs earn a point at Bournemouth

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Tottenham Hotspurs charge for Champions League football suffered a temporary setback after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth.

The draw sees Eddie Howe’s side move to within three points of safety, but it could have been so much better had VAR not ruled out a Callum Wilson’s last-gasp strike.

After review, Wilson’s overhead kick was ruled out after the ball struck the hand of Joshua King on its way into the net in the last minute of normal time.

It was a huge let-off for Tottenham, who thought they should have had an early penalty when Harry Kane was barged over in the penalty area by King in the fourth minute. Referee Paul Tierney waved away the appeals before VAR stuck with the on-field decision, much to the dismay of Jose Mourinho.

After a lengthy delay because of a serious injury to Adam Smith, Bournemouth had one final chance to win the game in stoppage time, but substitute Harry Wilson could not beat Hugo Lloris as the game remained goalless.

The draw was not the result either side was really looking for as the battle to beat the drop and the race for European football goes down to the wire. Spurs move up to ninth, one point behind Arsenal ahead of the north London derby on Sunday.

It’s another tough home test for Bournemouth on Sunday when they welcome Leicester City to the Vitality Stadium.

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