Joelinton strike ends Spurs unbeaten start
PUBLISHED: 18:27 25 August 2019
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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 0 Newcastle United 1
Tottenham Hotspur endured more VAR controversy as they were denied a late penalty as Newcastle United held on for a 1-0 win over the Champions League finalists.
A first-half strike from the Magpies record signing Joelinton sealed their first win of the Premier League season under Steve Bruce at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Manchester City with the return of Heung Min-Son from suspension and Lucas Moura coming into the line-up for Christian Eriksen and Tanguy Ndombele.
The Magpies also made two changes from their 3-1 defeat to Norwich City with midfield duo Allan Saint-Maximin and Sean Longstaff coming in to replace Jonjo Shelvey and Sung-Yeung Ki.
Spurs dominated the early possession of the encounter but the first real chances fell to visitors midfielder Longstaff who forced captain Hugo Lloris to tip his shot over the bar after racing into the box and latching onto a ball played in the 23rd minute.
The Magpies took the lead in the 27th minute through Joelinton as he fired past Lloris and into the bottom left corner after being picked out Christian Atsu creeping in behind the Spurs backline.
Six minutes later the hosts had their first real chance of the game when Kyle Walker-Peters picked out Son on the left side of the box.
The South Korean volleyed it but had his effort denied by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Argentinean Erik Lamela then tried finding Moura at the back post just moments later but his cross goes too high for his fellow South American.
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The Brazilian then had another chance in added time as Harry Kane found him in the box but he went it wide with pressure from the Magpies defence.
In the 56th minute the hosts Danny Rose whipped the ball into the box where Moura jumped up but his header lands on top of the goal.
Five minutes later the visitors Atsu used some great footwork to spin both Walker-Peters and Harry Winks before finding Joelinton in the box.
The 23-year-old attacker had his effort denied by French International Lloris.
Spurs striker Harry Kane was brought down in the box in the 77th minute by Jamaal Lascelles but referee let play continue before VAR checked it over as no penalty.
Moura went close once again as Moussa Sissoko beat his man and played him in, but he fired a shot over the bar in the 81st minute.
Three minutes from time the visitors Miguel Almiron had his shot deflected out for a corner as he broke against the run of play before Spurs pushed desperately for an equaliser but couldn't find it despite having six minutes added on.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker-Peters (Eriksen 62), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose (Davies 88), Winks, Sissoko, Lamela (Lo Celso 62), Lucas, Son, Kane.
Unused subs: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Dier, Skipp.
Newcastle United: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles (Fernandez 81), Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Longstaff, Saint-Maxim (Atsu 16), Almiron, Joelinton (Muto 87).
Unused subs: Darlow, Manquillo, Willems, Shelvey.
Attendance: 59, 245.