Tottenham lose to Newcastle on pens in Ange's homecoming


'Decent progress' - Ange Postecoglou on Tottenham's season

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou says his team have made decent progress after a "tough year" the season before.

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou has received an adoring welcome home to Melbourne but suffered a loss to Newcastle on penalties in a friendly at the MCG.

While on paper this was a postseason friendly between two Premier League clubs, it also delivered a warm welcome home for Postecoglou.

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Spurs midfielder James Maddison broke the deadlock in the 31st minute after a sustained period of dominance, but Newcastle's Alexander Isak levelled the scores just before half-time.

Australian startlet Garang Kuol, 19, made his Newcastle debut in the 71st minute but the game ended in a 1-1 draw, sending the match to penalties.

In front of a bumper crowd of 78,419 fans, Kuol took Newcastle's fourth penalty and converted, with Newcastle winning the shootout 5-4.

The postseason friendly was Spurs's last game before their break while Newcastle will back up against the A-League Men All Stars at Marvel Stadium on Friday evening.

Ange Postecoglou embraces Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur
Ange Postecoglou embraces Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur
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A highlights package of Postecoglou's playing and coaching journey played on the MCG big screen, to the delight of the home fans.

Perhaps the only person in the MCG to upstage Postecoglou was South Korea winger Son Heung-min. The Spurs captain received a raucous applause when named and there were regular roars from the crowd whenever he touched the ball.

Just three minutes into the game, Son had a shot blocked and appeals for a handball off Emil Krafth fell on deaf ears.

In the 25th minute, Son contentiously didn't receive a penalty after he was flattened when he attempted to beat Kieran Trippier.

Spurs took the lead via a howler from Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope, whose attempted clearance picked out Maddison. The playmaker danced around Newcastle's defence before delivered a well-taken finish.

Newcastle appealed Maddison had controlled the ball with his hand, but referee Alireza Faghani awarded the goal.

Trippier was withdrawn for Jacob Murphy after just 37 minutes, although he was not injured.

Son should have had an assist when he curled a wonderful ball around the Newcastle defence in the 40th minute but Brennan Johnson shot straight at Pope.

Newcastle equalised on the stroke of half-time. Murphy's cross forced Brandon Austin to clear the ball away but the Tottenham goalkeeper parried it straight to Isak, who tapped home.

Kuol, who has had tough loan stints at Scottish club Heart of Midlothian and Dutch club Volendam since joining Newcastle last January, entered the fray with 20 minutes to go.

He played as a central striker but saw little of the ball during regular time, before taking his moment in the shootout.