Newcastle dent Spurs' top-four hopes

English Premier League

Newcastle United struck late in the second half to earn themselves a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho named the same side that beat Aston Villa before the FIFA break, with Carlos Vinicius starting ahead of Son Heung-Min, alongside Harry Kane upfront.

Dwight Gayle came close to giving Newcastle the lead in the 19th minute first with a free header at the back post that was parried away by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and the rebound fell on his path again but his low shot was heroically kept off the line by the French shot-stopper.

Joelinton eventually broke the deadlock for Steve Bruce's charges in the 28th minute with a side-footed shot unmarked at the back post after a through ball by Sean Longstaff.

It did not take long for the visitors to respond, as Kane equalised two minutes later with an easy tap-in after a ricochet inside the box fell on his path from a scramble inside the box.

Kane gave Mourinho's men a 2-1 lead and got his brace 11 minutes before the break with a clinical low strike across goal towards the bottom corner after a through ball by Tanguy Ndombele and the Lilywhites headed to the break with their lead intact.

The sides were creating good chances coming from the break and Japhet Tanganga came very close to making it 3-1 for the visitors in the 67th minute with a header inside the six-yard box that was headed off the line.

Kane also had a big chance to seal the deal for the Lilywhites in the last five minutes after going clear on the far side of the box but his low shot came off the base of the post.

That miss proved to be costly, as Joseph Willock snatched the equaliser for Newcastle a minute later with a cracking volley at the back post from a rebound inside the box and the sides shared the spoils, with Spurs going up to fifth on the log while Bruce's men moved three points clear of the relegation zone.

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