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Newcastle United 1-3 Tottenham: Kane joins 200 club as Spurs Tottenham climbs to 7th position


Harry Kane scored the 200th and 201st club goals of his career as Tottenham boosted their bid for European qualification with a 3-1 win at Newcastle United.

Kane had gone three games without a goal, but the England captain headed home twice as Jose Mourinho celebrated his first Premier League victory at St James' Park.

Son Heung-min opened the scoring for Tottenham in the first half with his 18th goal of the season, but Matt Ritchie deservedly levelled after the break with a thunderous drive.

Kane restored the London club's advantage four minutes later, though, and struck again late on as Spurs followed up their derby win over Arsenal with another three points to move up to seventh with two games to play.

Tottenham were not at their best but ground out another victory, Serge Aurier showing great character to play just two days after the death of his brother.

Newcastle did not start like a team that had lost their last two games and Jonjo Shelvey spurned a great chance to put them in front, heading Ritchie's inviting cross over the crossbar from close range unchallenged after Miguel Almiron had an early shot deflected wide.

Son made the Magpies pay for their profligacy, DeAndre Yedlin allowing him too much room inside the penalty area to find bottom-left corner of the net after Fabian Schar had given the ball away after 27 minutes.

Martin Dubravka produced an acrobatic save to deny Son from long range soon after and Newcastle were almost level when Dwight Gayle headed Shelvey's inviting cross against the post.

Steve Bruce's side were level 11 minutes into the second half, though, Aurier's attempted clearance only finding the onrushing Ritchie, who smashed a stunning strike into the far corner.

Kane ensured Newcastle were not level for long, however, nodding in substitute Steven Bergwijn's cross to reach another landmark.

Valentino Lazaro found the side-netting as Newcastle strived for an equaliser, but Kane sealed it when he nodded in with time running out after Erik Lamela's shot was palmed into his path by Dubravka.

What does it mean? All to play for in scramble for European spots

Spurs are unbeaten in four matches, winning three of those, and are just a point behind sixth-placed Wolves after they were held 1-1 at Burnley. Sheffield United are only a point behind Mourinho's side ahead of their game in hand at Leicester City on Thursday.

Kane shows cutting edge Magpies are missing,Kane was certainly not firing on all cylinders and does not appear to be fully fit after a long lay-off before the season resumed.

The clinical striker grasped his chances when they came along, though, showing that predatory instinct to be in the right place at the right time. Newcastle could have had at least a point if they had been more ruthless.

Schar has a night to forget

Schar, playing in a makeshift defence, cost Newcastle when he was too casual in possession just outside his own penalty area and Son capitalised.

He was helped off in the closing stages after suffering what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder.

Key Opta facts

- Mourinho has recorded his first top-fight win at St James' Park at the eighth attempt, having failed to do so on six occasions with Chelsea and once with Man Utd.

- Newcastle have suffered their first home defeat in the league in seven games. The loss is only the second they have endured this season on home soil when scoring.

- Only Liverpool and Manchester City have won more Premier League games than Tottenham since Mourinho's first game in charge last November.

- Newcastle had 22 shots, the most they have had in a Premier League game this season and the most in a league defeat since a loss to Brighton (27) in October 2018.

What's next?

Spurs take on Champions League hopefuls Leicester in their final home game of the season on Sunday, while Newcastle travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday.

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