Tottenham Hotspur’s underwhelming Premier League season hit a new low as Brentford came from behind to claim a 3-1 win today.
Despite taking an early lead through talismanic striker Harry Kane, who slotted home a brilliant strike nine minutes into the game, Spurs’ performance in the second half descended into disarray.
Following a dominant first-half showing, Ryan Mason’s side lost their foothold in the game after the break, as Ivan Toney-less Brentford ran riot in the second half.
Even without their headline performer, who received an eight-month ban for breaching betting rules a couple of days ago, the Bees turned the match on its head, courtesy of Bryan Mbeumo’s blitzkrieg.
Only five minutes into the second half, the lightning-fast forward caught Clement Lenglet off guard before picking out a far bottom corner with a top-class finish to level the score.
Twelve minutes later, Mbeumo proved too fast for Ben Davies down the flank. He cut inside after receiving a delightful through ball for Aaron Hickey and had no problems beating Fraser Forester from point-blank.
After scoring a brace, the Cameroon international set Yoanne Wissa up on a silver platter in the 88th minute to help Thomas Frank’s side kill the game off and reduce the gap on seventh-placed Tottenham to one point.
Spurs could finish this round outside the European placings if Aston Villa defy the odds at Anfield later today and beat Liverpool, with nothing but goal difference separating the sides at the start of this round.
While Brentford reignited their hopes of landing a first-ever European finish going into the season finale, not even a win at Leeds United on the final weekend may be enough to secure Mason’s side European qualification.
Tottenham’s bid to ensure continental football now relies on results elsewhere, spelling more trouble on Daniel Levy amid his faltering pursuit of a new permanent manager.