Brentford showed no signs of being affected by Ivan Toney’s eight-month suspension as they came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 away in their second-last Premier League match of a remarkable season.
Spurs took an early lead through Harry Kane, who scored his 28th league goal of the season with a brilliant free kick, and looked in control before the interval in their final home game of the season.
But Tottenham’s hopes of securing European football were dealt another blow after the break as Brentford’s Cameroonian striker Bryan Mbeumo scored two goals in 12 minutes with his left foot to turn the game around.
The home fans vented their frustration at chairman Daniel Levy, who admitted in his programme notes that it had been an “immensely difficult season” for the club. Their anger increased when Yoane Wissa sealed the win for Brentford in the 88th minute from Mbeumo’s assist.
Brentford, who are ninth in the table, have secured a top-half finish and could even overtake Tottenham and qualify for Europe.
Tottenham have 57 points from 37 games, one point behind sixth-placed Brighton & Hove Albion who have a game in hand. Brentford, who host leaders Manchester City next week, have 56 points.