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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 52,385) 18th August 2012 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: M Atkinson

Newcastle Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham

Newcastle 2

D Ba (54)
H Ben Arfa (pen 80)


Tottenham 1

J Defoe (76)

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  1. Defensive mistakes see Villas-Boas condemned to defeat in his first Premier League game in charge of Tottenham. Goals from Ba and a Ben Arfa penalty sandwiched Defoe's equaliser. Pardew was sent to the stands in the second half for pushing a referee's assistant. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.

  2. 90 + 3


  3. 90 + 2

    Last chance for Tottenham? They win a free-kick wide on the right. Van der Vaart is over the ball. Krul comes out to palm away the delivery and then Kaboul is offside.

  4. 90 + 1

    Spurs are trying to stretch Newcastle with balls from flank to flank. But when Defoe drops deep, the only option in the box is Kane.

  5. 90

    ADDED TIME: There will be a minimum of three minutes added time before the final whistle.

  6. 89

    Tottenham look like they have run out of ideas. Livermore sends a cross-field pass out of play.

  7. 88

    The problem for Tottenham has been bad defending. Walker made a real mess of an attempted header before Ba's goal while Van der Vaart and Lennon were at fault for the penalty.

  8. 87

    Defoe holds up his hand in an apology to his team-mates after slicing a cross and sending it out for a goal-kick. Tottenham controlled this game for the majority and will be a little confused as to how they are looking like losing it.

  9. 86

    Goalscorer Ba is off for Newcastle and replaced by Obertan. Tottenham send on Premier League debutant Kane in place of Sandro. Villas-Boas is switching to 4-4-2 by the looks of it.

  10. 85

    Corner to Newcastle after Friedel tips Gutierrez's speculative long-ranger over the bar. The set-piece comes to nothing.

  11. 84

    From the free-kick, Walker has the chance to cross. However, Krul shouts loud and clear to his defenders and confidently claims the ball.

  12. 83

    Another foul from Simpson, who, remember, has was booked shortly after the opening quarter-of-an-hour, as he trips Defoe from behind.

  13. 82

    Villas-Boas looks furious on the touchline. Replays of Pardew show the Newcastle boss up in the stands and punching the air in celebration.

  14. From the short corner, Van der Vaart and Lennon made a real mess of defending against Ben Arfa. The latter tripped the Newcastle forward for a clear-cut penalty. Ben Arfa took the spot-kick and sent Friedel the wrong way when firing into the bottom right-hand corner.

  15. 80

    GOAL BEN ARFA (2-1)!!!

  16. 79


  17. 79

    Sandro is back on his feet after receiving treatment. He had deflected the shot for a corner, which Newcastle take short.

  18. 78

    We have a break in play as Sandro receives treatment on his right shoulder after seemingly injuring it while sliding to try and block a Tiote shot

  19. Newcastle never really clear the corner and eventually the ball finds Defoe at the back post. His header is fumbled a bit by Krul in the process of making the save and, typically, Defoe is first to react to poke the rebound in at the back post from point-blank range.

  20. 76

    GOAL DEFOE (1-1)!!!

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