With their victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Aston Villa put more pressure on Tottenham manager Antonio Conte.
In his first game back after the World Cup, Hugo Lloris made a mistake that allowed Emiliano Buendia to score before Douglas Luiz increased the lead.
Spurs have now won just two of their last seven games, and they have dropped out of the top four in the Premier League.
Under Unai Emery, Aston Villa has won back-to-back away league matches.
Emiliano Martinez, the hero of Argentina‘s penalty shootout victory, was forced to make do with a spot on the Aston Villa bench despite it having seemed as though this match would put the two goalies who competed in the 2022 World Cup final penalty shootout against one another.
All in all, the returning finalists played poorly. While Lloris went through a shocking moment in the 50th minute, World Cup-winning defender Cristian Romero of Tottenham was cautioned in the first half and was fortunate not to receive a second for tripping Philippe Coutinho.
Luiz’s long-range shot was mishandled by him, and Ollie Watkins squared the rebound for Buendia to score.
Luiz began and completed the move for a score of 2-0 by slipping a pass to John McGinn, sprinting to get the rebound, and chipping the ball skillfully beyond Lloris.