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Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham: Spurs close gap on Champions League rivals with ruthless display

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McGinn was sent off with almost half an hour to go for taking out Destiny Udogie when Spurs were already 2-0 up through goals from James Maddison and Brennan Johnson three minutes apart early in the second half.

Heung-Min Son and substitute Timo Werner scored in stoppage-time to punish Villa and claim a statement win, which closes the gap on Unai Emery’s side and swings the goal difference in their favour.

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Villa are now at the mercy of Spurs in the race for Champions League football as they have played a game more. McGinn will also miss key games against West Ham, Wolves and Man City through suspension.

Spurs did suffer a blow though when defender Micky van de Ven had to come off injured just before Maddison’s opener. They will be hoping he can return for the run-in as they look to build on their first back-to-back league wins of 2024.

Postecoglou played down the significance of the injury after the game, saying: “He doesn’t think it’s anything too significant. So disappointing for him because he was outstanding again up until that point.”