Newcastle United were without the services of Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for the visit of North London giants Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday. Alniron missed the game due to his commitment with Paraguay in the quest to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar.

The Magpies missed the direct running of Paraguay national team player Almiron as they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur despite taking an early lead in what was the first game of the new era at the club. Newcastle United have new owners after the Saudi-led takeover of the club went through around two weeks ago.

The Spurs game was also the 1000th match for Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce as a manager but he was not able to mark the occasion with a win thanks to the potent attacking talents available to the visitors.

England international Callum Wilson gave Newcastle United a dream start inside two minutes via a header off the assist from Spanish fullback Javier Manquillo. Tottenham Hotspur fought back with two goals in five minutes to take the lead for the first time as the Newcastle United defence buckled without the visitors having to necessarily raise their game.

French international Tanguy Ndombele scored his first league goal of the season to level proceedings for Spurs on 17 minutes before Harry Kane edged the North Londoners ahead for the first time in the game five minutes later. Kane scored for the first time in the league this season thanks to VAR who overruled the officials on the pitch as the England national team captain was not offside when he received the ball before flicking it over Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow and into the back of the net.

Son Heung-Min scored the third Spurs goal in added time of first half and the North London giants held that two-goal lead until the penultimate minute of the game when Eric Dier put through his own net to ensure that only one goal was the difference between the two teams. Newcastle United had to play the final seven minutes with a numerical disadvantage after substitute Jonjo Shelvey was dismissed for two yellow cards.