Thu, 02 Dec 2021

LONDON, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Newcastle United's new era following the big-money Saudi takeover during the international break continues to look very much like the previous one after they lost an eventful game 3-2 to Tottenham on Sunday.

In front of a packed and excited St James Park, Tottenham were able to bounce back after Callum Wilson put Newcastle ahead in just the second minute, and Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min put the visitors 3-1 up by the break, with Son netting from long range.

The first half was stopped for around 10 minutes after a fan needed medical treatment in the stands for a heart problem and was rushed to hospital, where he is reported to be stable.

Tottenham could have added more in the second half and looked to be safe after Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the 83rd minute after a deliberate trip on Tottenham's Sergio Reguilon.

Eric Dier scored a strange own goal in the last minute to give Newcastle a glimmer of hope, but it was not to be and coach Steve Bruce remains on the verge of the sack, although until the transfer window reopens in January it's hard to see how anyone can make the changes that Newcastle need.

Sunday's other game saw West Ham leapfrog Everton after Angelo Ogbonna's 74th minute header gave David Moyes a happy return to his former club.

Saturday's games saw Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy produce a string of saves to allow his club to claim a fortunate 1-0 win away to Brentford.

Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick as Liverpool ruined Claudio Ranieri's return to the Premier League with a 5-0 win away to Watford, while a 4-2 defeat away to Leicester City leaves Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under ever-increasing pressure.

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