Heung-min Son conjured victory in resting time for Tottenham while Aston Villa defender Bjorn Engels jumped from zero to hero and back.
Engels produced a performance in accordance with changing circumstances.
At the end of the first half, he gave up the penalty from which Son Spurs led the rebound.
A last minute strike by Son Heung-min sealed a dramatic victory for Tottenham Hotspur when they defeated Aston Villa 3-2
Son took advantage of a Bjorn Engels error to put a clear point on goal and he made no mistake when he passed Pepe Reina
Tottenham players rejoice when they finally reach the breakthrough in an exciting five-goal game on Sunday afternoon
EQUAL FACTS, PLAYER REVIEWS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Aston Villa (343): Reina 7.5; Konsa 6, English 7, Hause 7; Guilbert 6, Drinking water 6 (Nakamba 60, 6), Luiz 6, Targett 6; El Ghazi 7 (Trezeguet 70, 5), Samatta 7 (Baston 83), Grealish 7.5.
Subs: Nyland, Baston, Taylor, Hourihane, Elmohamady.
goals: Alderweireld OG 9, English 53
Bookings: Guilbert, Nakamba
Manager: Dean Smith 6.5
Tottenham Hotspur (4231): Lloris 7.5; Aurier 6, Sanchez 6, Alderweireld 6.5, Davies 6; Winks 7, Animal 5.5 (Lo Celso 60, 7); Moura 6.5, Alli 6.5 (Fernandes 83), Mountain wine 7 (Vertonghen 90 + 4); Son 8.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Ndombele, Skipp, Tanganga.
goals: Alderweireld 27, Son 45 + 3, 90 + 4
Bookings: N / A
Manager: Jose Mourinho 6
Referee: Martin Atkinson 6
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Then he reacted with the equalizer, a header from a corner, his first Villa goal.
But with Dean Smith’s team securing a crucial point for their relegation fight, he made a costly mistake.
Engels tried to control a long ball by Davinson Sanchez, but it slid under his foot and Son sprinted clear.
The Korean was thwarted three times by Pepe Reina in the second half, but this time he produced a cool finish.
Engels rose the most to bring home a thumping header from a Jack Grealish corner to improve the scores at Villa Park
The Belgian defender, 25, corrected an error that led to the visitors having gained a first half lead
It was a frustrating afternoon for Spurs as the visitors saw some good opportunities begging as they tried to find a winner
Spurs took the points and climbed to fifth place in the Premier League.
English was not the only Belgian center half that was restless for 90 minutes.
Toby Alderweireld who endowed Aston Villa the opener with its own goal and leveled with the kind of sizzling finish center halves rarely succeed.
Tottenham was prone to error and careless, as the circumstances hampered the opening exchanges and were left behind in the ninth minute.
Spurs had been in the lead after Son Heung-min stuck past Pepe Reina after missing his penalty kick
The South Korea international reacted the fastest after he had smothered the rebound of his rescued penalty
Son saved his blush after a curious start had kicked his right foot spot away by Villawachter Pepe Reina
The visitors were awarded a late first half penalty after VAR considered Bjorn Engels’ challenge to Steven Bergwijn a violation
Engels caught a nap and had to make up for Bergwijn but did not win the ball when he knocked down the winger
Anwar El Ghazi delivered from the Villa on the right and Alderweireld, who was under pressure from Mbwana Samatta, changed the ball to his own net at the near post.
The home team could easily have expanded the lead and got a grip on the game.
Jack Grealish harassed Serge Aurier, but the home team paid the prize because he was no longer clinically in front of the goal.
Grealish curled a shot wide and Ben Davies, back for Spurs after more than two months out with an ankle injury, blocked an attempt by Douglas Luiz.
Samatta drove another chance into Alderweireld’s body and beat Davinson Sanchez to another El Ghazi cross to see his header flash wide.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld placed the men of Jose Mourinho with an emphatic finish in the first half
The thunderous half-volley attack by Alderweireld brought Spurs back into the game after admitting an early lead against Villa
Eric Dier, recalled by Mourinho as a midfield substitute for Giovani Lo Celso, looked excessive on the ball but made an essential interception to eliminate another Grealish cross for Samatta.
Tottenham was limited to the occasional counterattack, but grew as an attacking force as the calmness approached from an angle in the 27th minute and equalized, delivered by Son and not cleared away by Villa.
The ball raced and turned towards the Alderweireld feet, which produced an exceptional finish and quickly adjusted his feet to break a half volley past Pepe Reina at the corner from an awkward angle.
Hugo Lloris saved from El Ghazi but Spurs was at the top when the first half ended. Dele Alli only burst out to produce a terrible finish with the outside of the right foot.
Villa took an early lead after the Belgian central half Alderweireld had turned an Anwar El Ghazi cross into his own net
Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Hugo Lloris watch as the hosts take the lead in Villa Park on Sunday afternoons
El Ghazi, Douglas Luiz, Jack Grealish and Mbwana Samatta celebrate after Villa took an unexpected lead against Spurs
Villa were without Tyrone Mings, excluded with tonsillitis on the eve of the game, but they defended vigorously.
Kortney Hause denied Alli and Engels blocked Steven Bergwijn’s succession.
There was a break when VAR Jon Moss checked if the Belgian defender had used a hand.
The decision went against Tottenham but Moss later ruled in their favor when Engels slid into a tackle on Bergwijn.
A chorus of ‘It’s not football anymore’ roared from the Holte End when Son prepared to take the penalty in the standstill at the end of the first half.
Reina saved diving to the right, but Son reacted and was the first of the rebound and threw the ball past the 37-year-old keeper outside his right foot.
Sporenbaas Jose Mourinho had his head in his hands as he watched his team struggle to put their chances on goal
The second half unfolded in a similarly hectic way.
Engels ended a dangerous point from Bergwijn on one side and El Ghazi saluted straight to Lloris on the other.
Villa was leveled when Engels climbed above Alderweireld to get a corner of Grealish from six meters into the net.
Reina saved a series of rescues from Alli and three times from Son before the Korean struck to control the game and leave Villa Park stunned.