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Posted Sat 01 Aug 15 at 07:44 AM

AFC Bournemouth suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur, despite Matt Ritchie firing the Cherries ahead after just 49 seconds.

Harry Kane struck from the penalty spot moments after Ritchie’s opener, before going on to complete a hat-trick. Contributions from Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela then completed the scoring for Spurs.

Having started well, the Cherries threatened down the left flank early on and it was from that position that they would eventually get their early reward. 

Marc Pugh’s deep cross evaded the head of Glenn Murray, but fell through to Ritchie in plenty of space at the back post. The Scotland international then moved the ball into space before rifling past Hugo Lloris from a tight angle to give the Cherries the lead.

The visitors levelled moments later though. Kane broke into the penalty area and was brought down by Artur Boruc, leaving referee Roger East no choice but to point to the spot. The England international then dusted himself off and slotted past Boruc to level proceedings.

Tottenham then took the lead in the 17th minute. Danny Rose’s initial strike was blocked by the Cherries defence, but Dembele was first to react in the penalty area and slotted past Boruc from close range. 

Despite creating a couple of chances to get back into the game, the Cherries conceded once more on the half-an-hour mark. Kane cut the ball back from the left byline and Boruc pushed the striker’s cross into the path of Lamela who tucked home the third.

The Cherries almost had a second just before the break. Charlie Daniels and Pugh linked up down the left flank, before Joshua King controlled the resulting cross but saw his effort bounce clear off the far post.

Kane then netted his second of the afternoon on the 56th minute. Eriksen delivered a tempting cross from deep and the 22-year-old snuck in behind the Cherries backline to poke the ball past Boruc.

Kane soon had the ball in the net once more to complete his hat-trick. A corner from the right fell to the feet of the young striker and he quickly converted from close range to make it 5-1.

Eriksen then almost added another to Tottenham’s tally, but he saw his 25-yard strike bounce off the post before being cleared by the Cherries defence.

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Gosling, Surman, Pugh (Smith, 75), Daniels, King (O’Kane, 60), Distin, Murray (Kermorgant, 68), Ritchie
Not used: Federici, Rantie, Stanislas, Bennett

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