Harry Kane returned to the Premier League and scored a goal to help Tottenham come back from a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw with Brentford.
Kane, who conceded a penalty in France’s World Cup quarter-final two weeks ago, scored in the 65th minute on Tuesday (NZT).
He headed in a cross from Clement Lenglet for a Premier League record 10th goal for Tottenham on Boxing Day, the traditional day of playing in England the day after Christmas.
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Peter-Emile Hojbjerg equalized for Tottenham six minutes later. Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney scored for Brentford.
It was the sixth game in a row that Tottenham had fallen behind.
It was the first match in the Premier League for more than a month due to the duration of the World Cup in Qatar.
Wood on target for an impressive Newcastle
Newcastle have shown that their goal is part of the Premier League title race, as they moved up to a second win with the reigning Leicester City.
The six-week break did not derail what would be a memorable season under Eddie Howe. Magpies to three points at the King’s Power Stadium after a sensational opening 32 minutes.
A Chris Wood penalty and a sublime strike from Miguel Almiron put Newcastle 2-0 up after just seven minutes, with Joelinton adding a third just after half an hour.
Newcastle’s only defeat in 16 games in the Premier League this season was at Liverpool on September 1st. It was their sixth league win in a row – Newcastle’s best run since 2012 – as Howe’s side proved that the main part of the season was not in the pan.
There is a long way to go, and it remains to be seen whether the Spurs have the quality to match Arsenal and Manchester City, but with the January transfer window until Newcastle fans it will be a nightmare to at least dream of a top four finish. for the first time in 20 years.
Almiron scored the goal for Newcastle. After being released on the right by Kieran Tripper, he cut inside, played a lovely couple with Bruno Guimaraes and coolly slotted past Danny Ward for his eighth goal in nine league games.
Liverpool close the gap on four
Liverpool extended their Premier League winning streak by beating Aston Villa 3-1 to close the gap on the top four.
Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk struck in the first half at Villa Park before Stefan Bajcetic scored near the end of the second. Liverpool’s third straight victory moved the Reds five points clear of the champions, with Jurgen Klopp’s sixth remaining.
Liverpool rode their luck against midfield Villa, who put up a fight but missed chances and lacked quality when it mattered most.
Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez dummied Andy Robertson’s cross, leading to Villa keeper Robin Olsen and Tyrone Mings colliding and the defender needing treatment. If the stoppage in the Wandering Villa, the visitors who once took the lead after five minutes of play, failed to deter.
Robertson’s corner was only cleared by Trent Alexander-Arnold 40 yards out, he brilliantly curled a pass to Robertson who picked it up in front of John McGinn and a perfect ball that Salah didn’t miss.
Nunez’s move was causing serious problems for Villa and Olsen – who did not look convincing deputizing for World Cup winner Emi Martinez – turned his wide effort low.
The hosts could not clear a corner in the 37th minute and Salah Van Dijk went back to steal in, after a small deflection off Ezri Konsa.
Nunez should have added a third before the break, but Olsen steered from close range, but a two-goal cushion gave the Reds a perfect second-half platform.
Ollie Watkins pulled a goal back after 59 minutes, nodding in Douglas Luiz’s cross.
Liverpool took a boost from Villa and finally gave up hope with nine minutes left when Bajcetic showed impressive composure in his first senior goal for Liverpool. Olsen rounded and squeezed the shot through the legs of Mings after Nunez’s cross.
Fulham spoils the derby
Fulham won the League Derby in the capital city for the second time, in a 29-try victory over nine-man Crystal Palace.
Bobby Decordova-Reid put Fulham ahead at Selhurst Park after 31 minutes before Tyrick Mitchell was shown a straight red card three minutes later.
The armies got it after the inter-caste. James Tomkins – making his first Premier League start in exactly one year – was sent off with a second yellow after 57 minutes.
American defender Chris Richards entered the Palace clock in his first appearance since August 27, after recovering from an injury that would have sent him out of the World Cup. Fulham captain Tim Ream, who started the United States in the World Cup because of an injury to Richards, doubled the lead in the 70th minute.
It was Ream’s first Premier League goal. His previous three goals since joining Fulham in 2015 were in the Championship.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in his 10th campaign 10 minutes into the season.
Wolves’ new boss is off to a winning start
Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui marked his Premier League debut with a dramatic stoppage-time win at Goodison Park, which eased the pressure on Verton coach Frank Lampard.
The pair’s low quality appeared to draw towards a lead that would have been of little use to either struggling side, only for substitute Rayan Ait-Nouri to score on the counter-attack in the fifth minute of added time.
The Frenchman scored a midweek win in the English League Cup over fourth-tier Gillingham, but his goal was questioned to win ahead of Wolves’ win, with the visit here in March likely to prove far more pivotal.
It was only Wolves’ third league victory of the season, but it succeeded in lifting his side from the bottom of the table and within a point of 17th-placed Everton.
Lampard’s side have already lost six of the last eight and a lack of firepower – Yerry Mina’s seventh-minute goal was only their 12th in 16 league games – proved valuable again when Daniel Podence scored a well-worked equalizer in the 22nd minute.
Sorry for the Saints’ slump at the bottom
Struggling Southampton had only themselves to blame for their fourth straight Premier League defeat after a goalkeeping error and an own goal helped south coast rivals Brighton beat 3-1 at St Mary’s.
Adam Lallana inflicted more misery against his former club Brighton on Southampton, who slipped to the bottom of the standings. Brighton moved two points behind fifth-placed Manchester United for a deserved third league win from four games.
Lallana benefited from a major mistake by Gavin Bazunu when the ball went through the arms of the Southampton keeper to put Brighton ahead in the 14th minute.
Romain Perraud’s own goal doubled the disastrous advantage 10 minutes before the break. Pervis Estupinan delivered a tantalizing low cross which Romain Perraud clumsily headed into his own goal after forcing Seagulls winger Solly March.
March struck home a powerful third in the 56th minute to take a disappointing first home game in charge of top-flight Southampton boss Nathan Jones. Jones was forced to wait nearly seven weeks for his first taste of top-flight action on home soil, having been replaced by Ralph Hasenhuttl two days earlier in a 3-1 loss at Liverpool on 12 November.
James Ward-Prowse pulled a goal back on the rebound after his 73rd-minute penalty was saved by Robert Sanchez, but the Southampton striker never looked likely.
Brighton were still without World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister.
Premier League results:
Brentford 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Crystal Palace 0-3 Fulham
Verton 1-2 Wolves
Leicester City 0-3 Newcastle United
Southampton 1-3 Brighton
Aston Villa 1-3 Liverpool