English Premier League match report Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

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No Dele Alli meant a return to the Spurs line-up for Giovanni Lo Celso, who had recent returnee Gareth Bale watching on from the top end of their majestic stadium.

Spurs could’ve raced into a third minute lead following a free-kick from Lo Celso, but Karl Darlow produced a one-hand save and denied Harry Kane on the rebound.

Darlow produced another breathtaking outstretched save moments later to thwart Kane’s reactionary header from a cross-field ball from the right-hand side of the attacking area.

The Magpies eventually cracked on 25 minutes after Kane delivered a low ball from the left across the six-yard area with Lucas Moura on hand to stab home from the back-post.

Spurs weren’t done probing despite going in front as Heung Min-Son’s rasping strike from the area towards halftime came off the top of the crossbar, while Eric Dier fluffed a free header earlier on.

Steven Bergwijn happened to be the game’s first substitution right after halftime, taking the place of last week’s four-goal hero Son.

Newcastle showed more purpose and energy following the second half, but Spurs continued to see a lot of the ball and had Dier and Lo Celso closing in on a second from promising positions.

The home side still managed to get in advancing areas following the 62nd minute and brought Darlow to work following Lo Celso’s low curler from the edge of the area.

Spurs looked for a strong finish as the contest began to fizzle down, but Darlow pushed Erik Lamela’s in-swinging free-kick for a corner.

The Magpies were given a chance to seal a point in added time after Dier was caught handling in the area by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), and Callum Wilson indeed stepped forth to force a point apiece.