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Tottenham, without Bale, gets no more than a draw vs. Newcastle

International Sports Desk, Sep 27 (efe-epa).- Tottenham Hostpur, with Gareth Bale in the stands watching the action, went up against Newcastle United at home on Sunday, but was unable to squeeze out anything more than a 1-1 draw, with the latter team managing to even things up in extra time thanks to a penalty kick.

It had seemed that the London club coached by Jose Mourinho had a second win firmly in its grasp at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday after Lucas Moura of Brazil found the twine for the Spurs in the 25th minute on an assist in the form of a low crossing pass from striker and team captain Harry Kane.

The host squad dominated play decisively in the first half and had a number of good chances, which they should have capitalized on but didn’t as Son Heung-min fired two shots that hit the post.

The visitors came out after the break with more energy and verve but were stifled by Tottenham and couldn’t manage to put together even a single shot on goal throughout the second period, until deep in extra time – the 97th minute, to be exact – when a VAR consultation resulted in a penalty against the hosts and Callum Wilson managed to sink the ball for the unexpected draw.

That penalty came when the VAR showed that Eric Dier handled the ball – with his back to it while jumping in mid-air and with Andy Carroll gently heading the ball into Dier’s arm, a move that he had no chance or ability to avoid.

Mourinho was incensed at the call and angrily left the sidelines early to head to the locker room, and goalkeeper coach Nuno Santos was shown a red card for something he said to the referee.

When asked about the matter after the game, Mourinho – who has had to deal with a number of FA fines over the years – told Sky Sports: “I don’t think about it. I think about my team and it was a really good performance. First half, amazing – it should have been three or four nil. … In the second half we kept the control and kept them away from our box.”

Bale, who came to Tottenham with a knee injury, was one of those whose absence was a noteworthy element in the match.

Sergio Reguilon was also on the bench and Dele Alli was not on the pitch either.

Ben Davies was unable to put together much of a showing for Newcastle, although he got a chance to fire one in the general direction of the goal, the shot bouncing just wide of the mark.

With the tie, the London club stands in the middle of the Premier League ranking sheet with four points, five down from the top, with Everton presently on the peak.

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