September 23, 2019
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Tottenham falls at home against inconsistent Newcastle

London, Aug 25 (efe-epa).- The Tottenham Hotspur added to the doubts swirling around the team when the squad was handed a 1-0 home defeat on Sunday in Premier League matchday 3 by Newcastle United, which earned its first points of the season.

Tottenham's start this season did not go well, as the team has already fallen far behind the top spots in the standing after just three rounds of play, getting just four points out of possible nine.

The London-based club, the UEFA Champions League runner-up last season, was supposed to be a contender for the Premier League this campaign, but the team has not lived up to the hype so far.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino's side currently sits in the seventh spot, with four points after one win, one draw and Sunday's defeat, five points behind leader Liverpool, which got the full mark out of its first three matches.

In front of the home fans, Tottenham was unable to handle Newcastle, a rival that had won zero points in its first two duels.

The visitors, however, seemed to know how to get past a bad start to the season, thanks to a first-half goal netted by Brazilian striker Joelinton off an assist from Ghanaian teammate Christian Atsu in minute 27.

Pochettino's substitutes - Giovanni Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen - were also unable to turn things around for Tottenham.

This was the Magpies' first PL win under coach Steve Bruce, who replaced Spaniard Rafael Benitez this summer, following defeats against Arsenal and newly promoted Norwich City in the first two rounds.

"From the first minute to the last, they were brave and deserved it ... against one of the top teams in Europe, at a fantastic stadium with a wonderful manager, we showed them what we've got!" Bruce said after his club's unexpected win.

Newcastle is now in the 19th and second-to-last spot in the standings.

Elsewhere in Premier League action, a late goal from the spot by Mexican striker Raul Jimenez (minute 90+7) secured a point for the Wolverhampton Wanderers against visiting Burnley, which had an early advantage thanks to Ashley Barnes's early strike in the 13th minute.

Burnley holds the sixth spot in the standings, with four points, while Wolverhampton is in 15th place, with three points. EFE-EPA

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