Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Newcastle United: VAR drama sees Magpies snatch a point
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Newcastle United managed to steal a point in the dying moments of the game after VAR awarded them a controversial penalty at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Lucas Moura gave Spurs the lead after 25 minutes and hosts looked like they were cantering towards three points, but the game changed dramatically late into stoppage time as Eric Dier was penalised for the ball brushing his arm inside the penalty area.

After a lengthy VAR check, a penalty was awarded to The Magpies and their £20 million summer signing Callum Wilson made no mistake from the spot to secure Newcastle a precious but undeserved point in North London.

Spurs made eight chances from their Europa League qualifier triumph against North Macedonian side Shkendija in midweek, with midfielder Dele Alli left completely out of Jose Mourinho's 18-man squad.

Paraguayan international Miguel Almiron made his first league start of the season for Newcastle after impressing in their 7-0 away victory against Morecambe on Wednesday night.

Story of the game

Giovanni Lo Celso's free-kick on three minutes forced Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow into an early double save as he acrobatically saved the 25-yard effort before getting up quickly to deny Harry Kane on the rebound.

Just a few minutes later, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's cross found Kane who headed towards goal, but Darlow once again made a magnificent game to keep the game level.

Tottenham's pressure continued as a corner was nodded down by Kane into the path of Davinson Sanchez but Darlow reached the ball before the Colombian international could get a touch on it.

Spurs eventually took the lead on 25 minutes as Kane found Lucas Moura with a pass that evaded four Newcastle players, who had the easy job of tapping the ball into the net at the back post.

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Heung Min-Son should have doubled Spurs' lead as his shot from the edge of the box clipped the post, much to the relief of a helpless Darlow in the Newcastle net.

Just ten minutes later, Son hit the woodwork again, this time his effort cannoning off the crossbar.

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Newcastle's first real effort on goal in the first-half arrived on the stroke of the interval, Matt Ritchie's deep cross was met on the volley by Jonjo Shelvey, but his effort flew wide of Hugo Lloris' goal.

Spurs were cruising to victory until VAR stole the show.

Spurs made one half-time substitution, with Steven Bergwijn replacing an injured Son.

Newcastle looked slightly brighter in the second half and actually had a chance in the final third, Joelinton spun past two Spurs and crossed the ball towards the back-post, but no Magpies player could get on the end of it.

Five minutes after that chance, Harry Kane volleyed the ball towards but it was an easy save for Darlow.

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Miguel Almiron ran into the box and pulled the ball back to Jeff Hendrick on the edge of the box, but his shot was well wide.

On 84 minutes, Erik Lamela tried to catch Darlow out by whipping the free-kick in at the near post but the Newcastle goalkeeper managed to force it behind for a corner.

In the dying embers of the game, Jonjo Shelvey launched a long-range free-kick into the box towards Andy Carroll and the ball looked to have struck Eric Dier on the arm.

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Referee Peter Bankes went to the VAR monitor and after a lengthy deliberation, awarded a penalty to Newcastle.

With their first shot on target all game, Callum Wilson converted from 12 yards and sealed a massive away point for Steve Bruce's men.

This result brings Newcastle up to ninth in the table, level on points with Tottenham.

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Takeaways

Spurs will feel hard done by, but they should have killed the game off at half-time.

Jose Mourinho will not believe that his side did not win that game.

Spurs dominated the entire match and should have been out of sight by half-time - chance after chance came and went - including them striking the woodwork twice in the space of a few minutes.

A player who may take partial blame for Newcastle snatching a point will be Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for his needless foul on Joelinton which lead to that free-kick where Newcastle won their penalty.

Tottenham had 12 shots on target in the game and will be rueing those missed chances, especially in the first-half.

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An impressive result on paper for Newcastle, but an embarrassing performance on the pitch.

If there was ever a visual representation of why Newcastle United need a takeover so much, that was certainly it.

Despite on paper this result being an impressive one for The Magpies, their performance was far from good on the pitch.

The team looked in tactical disarray throughout, no one seemingly knew their role and it did not help that Callum Wilson was totally isolated up front on his own.

Head coach Steve Bruce knows his side will have to significantly improve if they want to challenge in the upper realms of the Premier League table.

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Man of the match - Karl Darlow

The only man for Newcastle who can hold his head high today is goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who put in a man of the match performance and was influential towards The Toon running away with a point.

Darlow made ten saves against Tottenham today, more than any other English goalkeeper has made in a Premier League game since 2017.

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