NEWCASTLE, England (AP) – Tottenham were denied a place in the Premier League top four by a player on loan from fierce rivals Arsenal as Joe Willock’s late goal earned Newcastle a 2-2 draw Sunday.
Harry Kane’s brace in the first half brought him back to the top of the Premier League scorers chart and saw Spurs rally by conceding the opening goal to Joelinton in the 28th.
Tottenham were set to overtake London rivals Chelsea and advance to Champions League qualifying positions when Willock, a 79th-minute substitute, smashed a point blank goal into the crossbar net six minutes later.
The midfielder joined Newcastle on loan until the end of the season from Arsenal on the last day of the winter transfer window.
“In defensive situations, we create instability with our mistakes, and instability brings hope to our opponent, and our opponent has not given up,” said Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, whose the team has lost points several times by dropping goals late in the season.
“I had the same feeling and I’m on the bench. It’s hard to have the feeling of absolute control because I know what has happened can happen.
Tottenham failed to win a league-high six games as they led at halftime and lost 11 points due to goals in the final 10 minutes of games.
This could be a crux for Newcastle, who entered the game in penultimate place and appear to be in a duel with Fulham for the last relegation place.
Newcastle are often criticized for their lack of adventure in attack, but have managed 22 shots in total, double the number of Tottenham.
“The way the players reacted and played throughout – I thought we were the better team and we had an advantage and an energy about us,” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said.
Tottenham wouldn’t be so high without Kane, whose lucky 30th-minute goal – Emil Krafth’s clearance came out of the striker and set him up for a close-range finish – was followed by a thunderous strike and at an angle. four minutes later.
The England striker passed Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to 19 goals for the campaign.
Kane also leads the league in assists this season with 13 – two more than Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne – is therefore a big contender for England’s Football Player of the Year award.
Tottenham, fifth, are two points behind Chelsea and seven points behind Leicester, third, who also lost on Saturday.
“We had it in our hands,” Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said. “We should also win the game, so certainly not happy. The Premier League is too good and too fast to go an inch less.
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