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Spurs fall to Newcastle in Melbourne penalty shoot-out

Published : Thursday, 23 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 143

MELBOURNE, MAY 22: James Maddison celebrated his inclusion in Englands Euro 24 squad with a goal but it was in vain as Newcastle beat Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in a post-season friendly watched by 78,000 fans in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Playing barely 48 hours after a long trip from London at the end of the Premier League season, the two sides nevertheless put on an entertaining show at the cavernous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Maddison fired Spurs ahead in the 32nd minute before Alexander Isak netted to level the scores on the cusp of half-time.

With mass changes after the interval, neither side could deliver the winner with the game ending 1-1 and going to penalties, which appeared to be a surprise to the players.

Spurs winger Bryan Gils opening effort was saved, with Newcastle making no mistakes to win 5-4.

"It was a decent game, the first half was all good and the second half did feel like a friendly," said Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou. "But I think there was enough there for the punters to get something out of the game."

It was a solid effort on a chilly night given both teams boarded a plane just hours after the season ended on Sunday and effectively lost Monday on the 24-hour journey.

Eddie Howe started eight of the Newcastle team that won against Brentford on Sunday, while Spurs also fielded eight of the side that beat Sheffield United.

They included Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier and Maddison, who came through unscathed in a relief for England manager Gareth Southgate.

Both were included in Englands provisional Euro 2024 squad this week, as was Newcastle forward Anthony Gordon, who did not travel to Australia as he recovers from a calf injury.    —AFP

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