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Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Newcastle United – Richarlison at the double as Spurs cruise to Premier League victory – Eurosport

Son Heung-min led from the front as Spurs ended a five-match winless run in the Premier League with a stylish 4-1 thrashing of struggling Newcastle United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

After losing their three previous home matches to Chelsea, Aston Villa and West Ham, Ange Postecoglou’s side returned to their exhilarating early-season best on Sunday, boosted by the delightful supply and finishing work of captain Son.

Operating wide left for Spurs, Son glided beyond Kieran Trippier before crossing for Destiny Udogie to score his first goal for the energised London side on 26 minutes.

And the trickery of Son worked a treat 12 minutes later, when he again left the former Spurs right-back Trippier trailing in providing the perfect cutback for Richarlison to tuck home a merited second.

Injury-ravaged Newcastle opened both halves in positive fashion, but were undone twice more with Richarlison converting the third and his second from close range on 60 minutes before Son won and slammed home a penalty on 85 minutes.

Joelinton netted a consolation in added time for Eddie Howe’s exhausted side, who remain seventh in the standings on 26 points, four behind Spurs.

Tottenham had shipped 14 points from winning positions this season, but their first victory since they defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 at the end of October was never in doubt as they continue to occupy fifth spot in the table on 30 points, seven behind leaders Liverpool.

Player of the match: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

A sonny day for Spurs in dark December courtesy of their rampant captain.

Son has assumed and revelled in the role of being Tottenham’s main man since England captain Harry Kane departed the club for Bayern Munich during the summer.

Increased his tally to 10 for the season in the Premier League after converting a penalty and was unlucky not to add a few more with Newcastle out on their feet late on, but his body of work is about so much more than merely scoring goals.

From a roaming wide left berth, played a pivotal role in opening up Newcastle twice in the first half with the sort of fast footwork that will give Trippier nightmares if he is forced to study a replay of how not to mark your man.

Player ratings

Tottenham: Vicario 6, Porro 8, Romero 6, Davies 8, Udogie 8, Bissouma 7, Sarr 6, Kulusevski 8, Richarlison 8, Johnson 7, Son 9 Subs: Skipp 6, Hojbjerg 6, Lo Celso 6, Donley 6, Gil 6

Newcastle: Dubravka 7, Trippier 6, Lascelles 6, Schar 6, Livramento 6, Miley 6, Guimaraes 6, Joelinton 7, Almiron 6, Isak 6 Gordon 6 Subs: Wilson 6, Ritchie 6, Krafth 6, Hall 6, Longstaff 6

Match highlights

11′ TOTTENHAM CUT WIDE OPEN Joelinton sending Gordon spinning clear down a flank. Cross looks like a tap-in for Isak, but Ben Davies does just enough to get a touch and the ball flies off the Newcastle forward and behind. Superb counter surge for a second time.

26′ GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM! (UDOGIE) Son with another superb piece of skill. The run to the byline and cross is put on a plate for Destiny Udogie to tap home his first goal for the club. They lead 1-0. Fully deserved too.

34′ SPURS ALMOST SET UP EQUALISER Johnson needlessly gives the ball away and Newcastle race onto the loose ball. Pass from Gordon plays in Almiron, but his finish is weak and an easy take for Vicario in the home goal.

38′ A SECOND GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM! (RICHARLISON) Son bounds beyond Trippier as if he isn’t really there before clipping the cutback towards Richarlison, and an easy finish for the home forward. A 2-0 lead. Looking very good so far today.

60′ A THIRD GOAL FOR TOTTENAM! (RICHARLISON) Newcastle opened up so easily from the superb Porro ball over the top. And Richarlison takes one touch before scoring with the second. A 3-0 lead. Surely game over now.

85′ TOTTENHAM MAKE IT FOUR! (SON) Son slams home the penalty low to Dubravka’s right after the keeper felled him in the box. And that is another for the home side. They lead 4-0. Suddenly a rout.

90+2′ NEWCASTLE DO HAVE THE CONSOLATION! Joelinton slams the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the box after Spurs squandered possession in their own half. It is 4-1 to the home side.

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