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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Newcastle United: Magpies rescue late point amid VAR controversy

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson's late equaliser was Newcastle's only shot on target

Newcastle rescued an injury-time point against Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot entirely against the run of play after another controversial handball decision.

Spurs could have been 5-0 up if they had taken their chances by the time Andy Carroll headed a cross against Eric Dier's arm from close range. The decision was made after video assistant referee consultation.

Callum Wilson stepped up to score the penalty with practically the last kick - and Spurs boss Jose Mourinho walked down the tunnel in disgust.

Lucas Moura had put Spurs ahead at the back post from a low cross by Harry Kane, the England striker's fifth assist in two league games.

Spurs would have been out of sight had it not been for Magpies keeper Karl Darlow, who made 11 saves - including two excellent ones to deny Kane.

Son Heung-min, who scored four goals in last weekend's 5-2 win over Southampton, hit the woodwork twice but was replaced at half-time.

Newcastle were cautious and created very few chances as they failed to have a shot on target until the late, late drama.

'VAR is ruining our game'

Referee Peter Bankes looks at the monitor
Referee Peter Bankes looked at the monitor and then gave a penalty

"VAR is ruining our game," said BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Clinton Morrison after seeing the late drama.

And Spurs boss Mourinho clearly agreed as he stormed away following Wilson's equaliser - although he would not speak about it at full-time.

The decision came after a long wait - with four minutes between the incident and the goal. Dier had his arms in the air while he was jumping with Carroll, with his back to the Newcastle striker, who headed the ball directly against his arm from inches away.

VAR checked whether there was an offside in the build-up and then if it was a handball.

Peter Bankes eventually went over to the monitor and pointed to the spot. Spurs coach Nuno Santos was sent off for his angry reaction.

The Premier League admitted at the start of the season there would be more penalties for handball. And they were right.

Dier's arms were not next to his body and that is why it was a penalty by the new laws, although football fans, managers, players and pundits all agree it has to change.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson said on Saturday that it is "killing the game of football".

Morrison said: "I would take the handball rule away from the VAR officials. I like it that the referee goes to the monitor because the players will respect it more. I don't blame the referee, I blame VAR. That is the problem."

We have not heard the last of this.

Jose Mourinho says Spurs 'deserve more respect'

Spurs can't take their chances

Lucas Moura
Lucas Moura's goal was his first in the Premier League since December 2019

Spurs were hugely unfortunate - but they will have to take some blame for their poor finishing.

Watched on by Gareth Bale, not yet fit to play, and with Dele Alli left out of the squad entirely, they started brightly.

Kane and Darlow's personal battle started in the third minute. The keeper pulled off a fantastic double save to keep out Giovani lo Celso's free-kick and Kane's close-range follow up.

After nine minutes he kept out Kane's header from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's cross.

Kane may have been kept scoreless but he has developed a role as a creator in the past week. It was his ball across the six-yard box that was converted by Moura at the back post.

He has set up five goals in his last two Premier League games - having created all of Son's goals last weekend. That equals his assist tally from the previous 54 league matches. Seven - back in 2016-17 - is the most he has set up in a Premier League season.

Kane had a 25-yard effort saved by a diving Darlow and then found Son, who hit the post from outside the box.

Son then hit crossbar from a similar distance after good play by Matt Doherty.

The South Korean was replaced by Steven Bergwijn at half-time.

It was more of the same in the second half as Moura had a couple of headers saved by Darlow, who kept out two Lo Celso efforts and an Erik Lamela free-kick.

Probably the closest they came to conceding before the end was when Hojbjerg almost scored a late own goal after getting in the way of Ben Davies' clearance.

They were made to pay when Wilson scored with only Newcastle's third shot on target in three Premier League games this season. They have scored all of them.

'We've lost the plot' - Bruce on handball and VAR

Wilson sets record with late goal - match stats

  • Newcastle have lost just two of their last seven Premier League away games against Tottenham (W4 D1), conceding no more than a single goal in any of those games.
  • Newcastle (W1 D1) have started a Premier League campaign unbeaten in their opening two away games for the first time since 2011-12.
  • Since Opta began collecting exact Premier League goal times in 2006, Callum Wilson's penalty equaliser for Newcastle (96:20) is the latest any side has scored with their first shot on target.
  • Lucas Moura's opener for Tottenham was his first Premier League goal since December 2019 against Wolves, ending a run of 22 games in the competition without finding the back of the net.
  • No player has provided more assists in the opening three matchdays of a Premier League season than Tottenham's Harry Kane this campaign (5 - level with Ruel Fox for Newcastle in 1994-95 and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Man Utd in 2017-18).
  • Karl Darlow's 11 saves in this game was the most by a Newcastle goalkeeper in a Premier League match since Tim Krul made 14 against Tottenham in November 2013.

What's next?

Spurs have three games next week - at home to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Tuesday, hosting Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League play-off on Thursday and visiting Manchester United next Sunday in the league.

Newcastle visit Newport in the cup on Wednesday and host Burnley in the league on Sunday.

Player of the match

DarlowKarl Darlow

with an average of 8.27

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
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  2. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
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  3. Squad number10Player nameKane
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  4. Squad number2Player nameDoherty
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  5. Squad number18Player nameLo Celso
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  6. Squad number28Player nameNdombele
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  7. Squad number1Player nameLloris
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  8. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
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  9. Squad number11Player nameLamela
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  10. Squad number6Player nameD Sánchez
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  11. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
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  12. Squad number33Player nameDavies
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  13. Squad number8Player nameWinks
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  14. Squad number15Player nameDier
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Newcastle United

  1. Squad number26Player nameDarlow
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  2. Squad number13Player nameC Wilson
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  3. Squad number7Player nameCarroll
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  4. Squad number19Player nameManquillo
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  5. Squad number15Player nameLewis
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  6. Squad number18Player nameFernández
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  7. Squad number9Player nameJoelinton
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  8. Squad number6Player nameLascelles
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  9. Squad number14Player nameHayden
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  10. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
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  11. Squad number8Player nameShelvey
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  12. Squad number11Player nameRitchie
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  13. Squad number16Player nameHendrick
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  14. Squad number23Player nameMurphy
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  • 1Lloris
  • 2Doherty
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 8WinksBooked at 90mins
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forLamelaat 79'minutes
  • 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forNdombeleat 77'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forBergwijnat 45'minutes
  • 10Kane


  • 3Reguilón
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Hart
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 28Ndombele
  • 30Carvalho Fernandes


  • 26Darlow
  • 19Manquillo
  • 14HaydenBooked at 90mins
  • 6Lascelles
  • 18Fernández
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forLewisat 69'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forCarrollat 77'minutes
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 43mins
  • 16HendrickSubstituted forMurphyat 74'minutes
  • 9JoelintonBooked at 53mins
  • 13C Wilson


  • 7Carroll
  • 15Lewis
  • 17Krafth
  • 22Yedlin
  • 23Murphy
  • 29Gillespie
  • 36S Longstaff
Peter Bankes

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamNewcastle
Shots on Target

Live Text

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    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 1.

  3. Post update

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 1. Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  4. Booking

    Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    VAR Decision: Penalty Newcastle United.

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    Penalty conceded by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).

  8. Post update

    Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Booking

    Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andy Carroll (Newcastle United).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Booking

    Jamal Lewis (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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