Football-Newcastle in the top four after victory at Tottenham
Newcastle United produced their biggest result of an already impressive season with a deserved 2-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur to enter the Premier League top four on Sunday. First-half goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron – both aided by errors from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris – gave Newcastle control after Tottenham started brilliantly.
Wilson kicked the opener into an unguarded net after 31 minutes and Almiron scored from a tight angle in the 40th. Harry Kane’s 10th league goal of the season early in the second half suggested third-placed Tottenham could mount a charge, but they huffed and puffed without much quality as Newcastle held on to claim the three points.
Newcastle fans celebrated loudly as Eddie Howe’s side, who have lost just once in their opening 12 games, climbed into the Champions League places with 21 points. Tottenham’s best start to the season since the 1963-64 campaign has now faced harsh reality with back-to-back defeats. They remain third with 23 points in 12 games.
“It was a big win. We were determined to come here and be positive. Great show from us. We deserved the win,” said Howe, who took over from Steve Bruce a year ago following a a Saudi-backed takeover. told Sky Sports. “It’s a very tight division. We’re taking advantage of the moment but we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves.”
After being criticized for their negative performance in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United, Tottenham started brilliantly against a dynamic Newcastle. No one more than Son Heung-min who had two shots in the opening three minutes, the first saved by Nick Pope and the second by a right-footed curler that grazed the roof of the net.
Son then tried to be too tricky with a finish after being played by Kane, allowing Kieran Trippier to clear the ball from the line, while Pope also saved well from Kane. Tottenham’s Eric Dier created some nervousness in the home side when he almost scored a comedic own goal as his overcooked back pass tipped Lloris badly and went wide wide.
Newcastle took the game by the skin of the net with two goals in 10 minutes. Lloris was the favorite to deal with a long ball when he came out of his own goal but failed to clear it and collided with Wilson, who then calmly tossed the ball into an unmarked net. kept with Lloris and his furious teammates.
While Wilson appeared to use his arm to knock Lloris down, a VAR check found nothing wrong. Nine minutes later World Cup-winning keeper Lloris put Ryan Sessegnon under pressure with a casual pass and after the left-back had muscled off the ball, Almiron came forward and netted Newcastle’s second and his sixth of the season.
Tottenham left the pitch to boos at half-time and a thunderstorm and torrential downpour further dampened the spirits at home – although some cheery Newcastle fans stripped to their waists and danced under the rain. Antonio Conte’s side needed a quick response and Kane forced in the 54th minute, struggling with Trippier to get on the end of a cross and score with a bent header – the goal awarded after a long check VAR for a possible offside.
Kane has become the fourth player to score more than 10 goals in nine consecutive Premier League seasons, after Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard. But Tottenham, lacking the cunning of still-injured striker Dejan Kulusevski, struggled to open Newcastle’s disciplined defense after that and could have few complaints.
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