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Newcastle held 0-0 by Cardiff City; Tottenham win

Cardiff, Aug 18 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/18/2018 12:15:38 PM IST

Kenedy saw a last-gasp penalty saved - having earlier escaped a red card - as 10-man Newcastle missed the chance to snatch victory at Cardiff on Saturday.

Cardiff had the better of the game and should have broken the deadlock when Kenneth Zohore headed wide early in the second half.

Newcastle looked laboured and, after Kenedy avoided a red card for kicking out at Victor Camarasa, substitute Isaac Hayden was sent off in the 66th minute for sliding in from behind on Josh Murphy.

But Cardiff could not capitalise and were fortunate in the end to leave with a point from a goalless draw after Neil Etheridge saved Kenedy’s penalty with almost the final kick of the match.

The miss capped a dismal display from Kenedy, while Etheridge has now saved a spot-kick in both of Cardiff’s opening two matches of the season.

Last weekend it was in a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth but on this occasion it earned Cardiff a point that they probably deserved on the balance of play.

Etheridge was called into action to keep out early efforts from Kenedy and Ayoze Perez, but, at the other end, Sol Bamba saw a header from a corner blocked on the line.

The visitors appeared fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute when Kenedy kicked out at Camarasa and escaped punishment.

Kenneth Zohore then went close with a header before Etheridge saved again from Perez.

Cardiff continued to look the more positive side after half-time and Zohore should have scored when he headed wide from Joe Ralls cross in the 54th minute.

Newcastle were finding it difficult to get out of their own half and their efforts were hampered further when Hayden was shown a straight red for a tackle from behind on the impressive Murphy.

Harry Arter, who escaped a red for a sliding challenge from behind on Joselu, shot wide as Cardiff pressed for a winner, but in the end it was Newcastle who went closest to breaking the deadlock.

Cardiff captain Sean Morrison blocked Yoshinori Muto’s cross with his arm and Kenedy stepped up to take the penalty, only to see Etheridge guess right and save.

Meanwhile,Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal in August to help Spurs to a 3-1 win over Fulham at Wembley.

Lucas Moura gave Spurs the lead on the stroke of half-time with a wonderful curling effort from the edge of the area but Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised shortly after the break with an opportunistic close-range header.

Spurs regained the lead with a quarter of an hour remaining as Kieran Trippier bent in a free-kick from distance before Kane rounded off the victory with a clinical finish.

The result means that Spurs have collected six points from their opening two games this season while Fulham, despite a promising performance, are still without a point.

 Match results

West Ham 1 – 2 Bournemouth

Leicester City 2 – 0 Wolves

Everton 2 – 1 Southampton

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