Friday, December 02, 2022

Tottenham beat Newcastle 5-1 to rise to 4th in EPL

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Tottenham have beaten North London rival Arsenal in the English Premier League’s top four for at least one day, defeating Newcastle 5-1 on Sunday.

Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Son Heung-min, Emerson Royal and substitute Steven Bergwijn scored in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Spurs, who scored more goals (30) than any other team in the league in 2022.

Newcastle took the lead through Fabian Schar’s free kick in the 39th minute but could not handle Tottenham’s relentless attacks. They came from all angles, with wing-backs Doherty and Royal even showing up to score rare goals.

Tottenham moved up to fourth place with a goal difference ahead of Arsenal, who have two games in hand – the first coming on Monday at Crystal Palace. Tottenham and Arsenal are five points behind Chelsea in third place.

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Newcastle have lost three consecutive league games, having previously been unbeaten in eight games, and are still unsafe from relegation in 15th place – nine points above the bottom three.

Tottenham responded well to go behind and equalize within four minutes when Son crossed for Davies to look into a header and become the first of three home defenders to score.

Doherty kicked in a cross from Harry Kane to make it 2-1 in the 48th and six minutes later Son controlled a ball in the middle of Dejan Kulusevski and ended up in the corner.

Royal scored their first goal for Tottenham by inserting Doherty’s cross in the 63rd, and Bergwijn raced through Newcastle’s defense to score the fifth in the 83rd.

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