0-2 FT
Tottenham TOT Carlos Vinícius (29'), Kane (Pen 68')
Premier League Gameweek 18
Mar 21, 2021 KO: 19:30

Aston Villa - Tottenham

Villa Park Birmingham
Referee: Mike Dean
Aston Villa Tottenham

Report & events

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham: Vinicius and Kane strike for much-changed Spurs

Jose Mourinho made a string of changes following Tottenham's Europa League exit and got the desired response from his players

Tottenham's much-changed side got the desired response following their midweek Europa League exit, defeating Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park in the Premier League.

Spurs were humiliated by Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday, leading Jose Mourinho to make six alterations to his starting XI, including rare starts for Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga and Carlos Vinicius.

And he got the right reaction from his team as Vinicius and Harry Kane netted in either half to claim the points.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Player Ratings: Lucas Moura excellent while Martinez has an off day

Villa had started the better and it was against the run of play when Tottenham took the lead. Emiliano Martinez's poor clearance found its way to Kane, and he slipped in Lucas Moura who slid across goal into the path of Vinicius, who tapped into the net from close range.

Much of the forward's minutes this season have come in cup competitions but with Son injured and Gareth Bale left out, the striker took full advantage of his opportunity.

With Villa putting on more pressure in the second half, Anwar El Ghazi rattled a shot against Hugo Lloris' upright, but the game was settled soon after.

Kane reached the goal line and tried to cut back inside, only to be completely cleaned out by Matty Cash, who gave away the rashest of penalties.

Kane hadn't scored on the road for two months but slotted home easily and killed the match as a contest. Mourinho now has the two weeks of the international break to reflect on his best team for the remainder of the season, his changes having worked in what has been a difficult week.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Player Ratings: Lucas Moura excellent while Martinez has an off day

Tottenham has won the match.
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card for Matt Targett.
    Yellow card

  • Yellow card for Carlos Vinícius.
    Player IN

  • Substitute in, Moussa Sissoko.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Tanguy Ndombèlé.
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card for John McGinn.
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Keinan Davis.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Trezeguet.
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card for Matty Cash.
    GOAL!!! 0-2

  • Penalty scored by Harry Kane.
    Player IN

  • Substitute in, Steven Bergwijn.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Giovani Lo Celso.
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Ross Barkley.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Morgan Sanson.
    Yellow card

  • Yellow card for Giovani Lo Celso.
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Anwar El Ghazi.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Bertrand Traoré.
    Player IN

  • Substitute in, Ben Davies.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Sergio Reguilon.

  • Assist given by Lucas Moura.
    GOAL!!! 0-1

  • Goal by Carlos Vinícius.