Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham: Chadli, Eriksen see Spurs into sixth

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A pair of goals from Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen bracketing halftime saw Tottenham Hotspur past a pesky but inconsistent Newcastle at St. James Park. Harry Kane sealed the deal with his 30th goal of the season as time expired.

Among swaths of protests before and during the match by the home fans, Tottenham proved the better side as John Carver slumped to six straight defeats in charge of Newcastle.

The teams both started bright in a lively opening 10 minutes, with Newcastle delivering a few savory crosses without a final ball while Spurs produced a few solid spells on the ball with nothing to show for it in front of goal. Ayoze Perez nearly got on one of those Newcastle crosses on 14 minutes from Yoan Gouffran, but his shot was saved low by Michel Vorm.

Past the 20 minute mark Spurs put together a delicious bit of passing started by a stellar through ball from Harry Kane to Christian Eriksen who hit a perfect lob to Paulinho, but the Brazilian tried to connect with Erik Lamela instead of shooting, and his touch was just too strong.

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Spurs, for all their good passing, got the opener just before the half-hour mark on what appeared to be a somewhat timid buildup. Chadli slowly worked his way through the attacking third on the ball with little challenge, and he decided to have a go from outside the top of the box. The ball curled away from Tim Krul, and the Newcastle keeper may have been shielded as he got a late jump, and the ball nestled into the back of the net.

There was a nervy moment just before halftime as Lamela took down Vernon Anita which forced the referee to have a chat with his assistant, but just a yellow card was produced, and replays showed there was little more in it than a caution.

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Things exploded as the second half arrived. Newcastle scored almost immediately out of the gates, as amid a scrum Perez touched to Jack Colback in the box and the 25-year-old drove a powerful punch home less than a minute after the break. But it wouldn’t last long, as Spurs took the lead back seven minutes later. A whipped free-kick from Christian Eriksen from a long way out came all the way through the box without a touch, and with Krul expecting a redirect, he was powerless to stop the delivery from settling into the far corner.

Spurs burst to life, and Kane remained dangerous up front. The England striker nearly had his 20th Premier League goal and 30th in all competitions, but he was denied by a brilliant Tim Krul save. Charging to meet a cross at the far post, he thundered a shot on the run that slammed into Krul, and the Dutch keeper scrambled to keep it from going in. Replays showed the goal line technology was unsurprisingly correct, as Krul just snatched the ball off the line before it completely crossed.

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The visitors remained dangerous as they came so close yet again with under 20 minutes to go, but a delicious through ball from Naleb Benaleb to Lamela but Krul again snuffed out the chance. Newcastle threatened in bursts but they couldn’t put much consistency together. Harry Kane kept shooting, and he’d get his milestone goal in stoppage time as Newcastle poured forward, and it allowed Spurs to break down the other end. He becomes the first 30-goal scorer for Tottenham since Gary Linekar in 1992.

The win lifts Spurs above Southampton into sixth place, and they go level with Liverpool on points, only below them on goal differential. Newcastle, meanwhile, don’t seem to be in danger of relegation, but they suffer their sixth straight defeat and remain stuck on 35 points, well below the magical 40 point mark.

LINEUPS:

Newcastle United: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Anita (Armstrong 75′); Abeid (Obertan 46′), R.Taylor, Colback; Gouffran (Ameobi 46′), Perez, Cabella.

Goals: Colback 46′

Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 82′); Bentaleb, Paulinho (Mason 88′), Chadli (Dembele 78′), Eriksen, Lamela; Kane.

Goals: Chadli 30′, Eriksen 53′, Kane 90’+1

Watch Live: Newcastle vs Tottenham (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Tottenham continues its hunt for a European place next season as they travel to Newcastle, live from St. James’ Park on CNBC at 11am ET or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

They’ll be without Hugo Lloris for another match after his knee injury, but otherwise remain at relatively full strength. Spurs sit a healthy seven points above Swansea in seventh, but in order to ensure a European place next season – pending the FA Cup results – they potentially would need to secure sixth place, currently just two points away.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are wallowing in 14th, and while there’s no immediate danger of the drop, they still sit five points off the magical 40 mark, and are just seven points above the relegation zone. They’ve dropped five in a row and six of their last seven, with just a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Aston Villa during that span.

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In addition to missing their captain and goalkeeper, Tottenham are also without Kyle Walker, who could not make a late push into the squad as he recovers from a foot injury. Jan Vertonghen is available and in the startling lineup, however, after recovering fully from an illness.

For the Magpies, manager John Carver receives a major boost as Fabricio Coloccini returns from his red card suspension and starts along the back line, are Moussa Sissokho and Papiss Cisse are still suspended for their own recent incidents. Siem de Jong was thought to be in the mix for a return from a collapsed lung he suffered in August, but he is not among the squad. Yoan Gouffran returns to the startling lineup for his 30th league appearance after coming off the bench in last week’s loss to Liverpool.

LINEUPS:

Newcastle United: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Anita; Abeid, R.Taylor, Colback; Gouffran, Perez, Cabella.
Bench: Woodman, Sterry,  Kemen, Obertan, Ameobi, Armstrong, Riviere.

Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Paulinho, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane.
Bench: Friedel, Davies, Yedlin, Dembele, Mason, Townsend, Soldado.

Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal: Ospina saves Gunners from collapse

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Olivier Giroud’s first-half brace and David Ospina’s second-half brilliant allowed Arsenal to eek out a 2-1 decision at St. James Park on Saturday.

It was your classic “tale of two halves”, as Arsenal controlled the first 45 only for the hosts to dominate the second. Moussa Sissoko was the only player to beat Ospina, though, and the Gunners picked up all three points.

Arsenal kept pace with victorious Man City for third in the Premier League, while Newcastle sinks to 12th, 10 points clear of the drop zone.

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Newcastle and its makeshift defense were out of sorts early and often, and Tim Krul continued to look shaky between the sticks.

Arsenal netted in the 25th minute when Giroud was the second Gunner to redirect Santi Cazorla’s free kick.

And Giroud made it 2-0 in the 28th minute when he headed a Cazorla cross past Krul. Arsenal was surging and Newcastle was looking like a club with little to play for, an especially dangerous condition given a critical Tyne-Wear Derby on deck.

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Newcastle pulled a goal back just after halftime, as Sissoko raced into the 18 to meet a cross from Remy Cabella. He sent it past a wrong-footed Ospina, and then Ayoze Perez nearly tied it with a lofted ball soon after, and had another shot deflected wide moments later.

Yoan Gouffran made a slow, low mess of a 61st minute opportunity for Newcastle. The Magpies continued to pour forward, winning corners and free kicks without deploying the finishing touch to square things up.

With Coquelin off with an injury, Newcastle then had a man-advantage for several minutes, with Daryl Janmaat hammered a distant shot wide of the goal.

The Magpies were dominant in the second half, but David Ospina was brilliant between the sticks for Arsenal. Newcastle couldn’t convert a 16-7 edge in shot attempts into an equalizer, let alone a winner.

LINEUPS

Newcastle United: Krul; R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback; Anita (Gutierrez, 72′), Sissoko (c); Cabella, Gouffran, Ameobi (Armstrong, 89′); Perez.

Goal: Sissoko (49′)

Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Alexis (Flamini, 71′), Cazorla (Rosicky, 71′), Welbeck (Bellerin, 89′), Giroud.

Goals: Giroud 2 (25′, 28′)

Newcastle United 2-2 Hull City: Cisse’s brace saves embattled Magpies (video)

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Nikica Jelavic’s absolutely-stunning side volley may have been the final nail in the coffin for Alan Pardew at Newcastle United, and Mohamed Diame’s left-footed laser seemed to lower it into the ground.

But Papiss Cisse, often unused by Pardew, may have saved the manager’s job with a brace in relief of starting forward Emmanuel Riviere, as Newcastle and Hull drew 2-2 at St. James Park.

Cisse revealed an undershirt message of “Always looking forward Jonas” for his teammate Gutierrez, who revealed cancer struggles earlier this week.

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A fifth-minute rush spearheaded by Yoan Gouffan came to a disappointing conclusion when Riviere couldn’t turn his header all the way on goal.

The sixth minute, however, found a bit of a distraction. Loads of supporters at St. James Park held up “SackPardew.com” signs in a obvious show of distaste for the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager.

Remy Cabella had a chance denied him from a solid Hull tackle, but the majority of the half saw little from either team. Both Newcastle and Hull would walk to the locker room knotted at nil.

Then came Jelavic, hammering a cross home after Jack Colback gave the ball away inside the 18. Jelavic left his feet to stroke the ball past Tim Krul

Allan McGregor made a strong stop on Cabella in the 54th minute to deny the Magpies an equalizer.

Hull could’ve doubled their advantage in the 61st minute off a free kick, but Stephen Quinn was judged to be offside.

And then came Diame, allowed to meander to the top of the 18 before lashing a left-footer into the upper 90. Krul had no hope on the startling shot.

But hold on! Cisse got onto the end of a Cheick Tiote pass to slot home in the 73rd minute, bringing Newcastle within one. Cisse lifted his shirt to reveal a message of hope for Jonas Gutierrez, the Magpie who revealed this week that his testicular cancer had spread.

Then, a series of corners continued to give hope to the Magpies, as Fabricio Coloccini had a bullet deflected out in the 79th minute.

And then Cisse struck again. The oft-unused and recently-injured Senegalese striker pushed home a headed pass from Yoan Gouffran to tie it (oddly enough still a slight on Pardew, maligned for player selection).

LINEUPS

Newcastle United: Krul, Janmaat, Dummett, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote (Sammy Ameobi, 85′), Colback, Sissoko, Gouffran (Perez, 90+4′), Cabella, Riviere (Cisse, 69′)

Goals: Cisse 2 (73′, 87′)

Hull City: McGregor, Davies, Huddlestone, Hernandez (Aluko, 56′), Livermore, Diame, Jelavic (Meyler, 81′), Dawson, Robertson (Rosenior, 88′), Elmohamady, Quinn

Goals: Jelavic (48′), Diamé (68′)

Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle: Reds win, but lose out on title (video)

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It was a bittersweet victory for Liverpool at Anfield, with the hosts coming from behind to beat Newcastle, yet at the same time, losing out on the Premier League title.

Liverpool may not have been in control of their own destiny, but no one expected them to just throw away their last chance at the Premier League title. But at first, it looked like that was exactly what they were about to do.

Just twenty minutes into the match, Liverpool struck the decisive blow…into the back of their own net. Scrambling to clear a cross from Yoan Gouffran, Martin Skrtel stuck out his leg. The finish was fantastic – it was only too bad that the ball flew past Simon Mignolet to give Newcastle the lead.

It was the Slovakian’s fourth own goal of the season, setting a Premier League record. Yet he still holds the lead for most goals scored by a defender, making his goal difference better than many Premier League sides.

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Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool will prove themselves champions come next season.

Liverpool, clearly aware of the importance of the match, tried to respond instantly. Daniel Agger sent in a sharp header, but he put it straight at Tim Krul. The goalkeeper had no trouble keeping his side in front.

In the 27th minute, Newcastle nearly doubled their lead. Shola Ameobi put Gouffran through for a one-on-one with Mignolet. The Belgian made a fantastic block, however, to keep his side within reach of a win.

After the break, Liverpool seemed subdued – probably because someone had let slip that Manchester City were beating West Ham. Still, they had to make sure Chelsea didn’t sneak into second. Steven Gerrard did his best, putting in a lovely ball, but neither Joe Allen nor Luis Suárez could manage to connect.

Just a few minutes later, though, and the hosts had turned it all around. Of course it all started from Gerrard and a free kick. The Reds captain whipped in a curling strike that Agger was just able to get a toe on, poking in from close range.

Liverpool had barely celebrated the equalizer when they were called upon to cheer on the go-ahead goal. Again, another Gerrard free kick. This time, it was Daniel Sturridge exposing Newcastle’s poor defending, tapping in from almost the exact spot as Agger.

Shola Ameobi made Liverpool’s task all the easier immediately after, seeing two yellow cards within a minute. It appeared as though he was complaining about not one but both of the Reds’ goals.

The visitors made it even easier on Liverpool when they went down to nine men, although there were only a few minutes left to play. Paul Dummett, on just five minutes before, took out Luis Suárez with a rather clumsy challenge and saw a straight red for his effort.

In the end, though, nothing Liverpool could do would be enough. City’s 2-0 victory over West Ham ensured they were untouchable, making sure they were the ones to claim the Premier League title. But that shouldn’t take anything away from what was a truly impressive season from Brendan Rodgers and the boys in red.

LINEUPS

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan (Cissokho 45), Henderson, Gerrard, Allen (Coutinho 59), Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge (Lucas 80)

Goals: Agger 63′, Sturridge 65′

Newcastle United: Krul; S.Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara; Debuchy, Anita, Tiote (Dummett), Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 58); Sissoko; Shola Ameobi

Goals: Skrtel o.g. 20′