Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho saw their hopes of playing Champions League football next season suffer a massive setback after their club Leicester City suffered a chastening defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.
Spurs have European ambitions of their own and the win boosts their push for a Europa League spot.
The Nigerian duo have helped the Foxes maintain a near-permanent spot in the top four for most of the season the loss means they no longer have control of their destiny heading into the final game of the season next Sunday.
The Foxes play fifth-placed Manchester United in their season finale but should the Red Devils beat West Ham on Wednesday and claim a draw at the King Power, they will be assured of a top-four finish at the expense of Leicester.
James Justin’s own goal from Son Heung-min’s strike put Jose Mourinho’s side ahead and Foxes tormentor-in-chief Harry Kane took his tally to 16 in 14 games against them with a double in a splendid first-half showing for Spurs.
Leicester fashioned chances of theirs but an inspired Hugo Lloris saved superbly from Ayoze Perez and also denied Jamie Vardy, and Demarai Gray.
Ndidi was subbed off in the 70th minute and Iheanacho came on just before the hour mark but the striker couldn’t add to his post Project Restart strikes against Crystal Palace and Everton as Mourinho’s side held on for a 3-0 victory.
The win takes Spurs up to sixth in the table, two points clear of Wolves, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have a game in hand.