Mohammed Kudus (second left) celebrates scoring West Ham’s late equaliser (Bradley Collyer/PA)
Mohammed Kudus climbed off the bench to score his first Premier League goal as West Ham snatched a 2-2 draw against Newcastle.
The Magpies looked set to follow up their memorable 4-1 Champions League win over Paris St Germain on Wednesday with a hard-earned three points on the road after Alexander Isak’s quickfire double cancelled out Tomas Soucek’s early opener.
But Ghana winger Kudus, the £38million summer signing from Ajax, struck a minute from full-time to earn the hosts a deserved point.
West Ham, who had their own continental exertions in the Europa League against Freiburg on Thursday, took the lead with the first attack of the match.
Tomas Soucek had given the Hammers an early lead (Bradley Collyer/PA)
Lucas Paqueta was the architect with an exquisite chip which sent Emerson Palmieri racing through on goal.
The full-back knocked the ball past Nick Pope before unselfishly squaring it for Soucek to tuck into an empty net.
Bruno Guimaraes, who signed a new contract at Newcastle this week, was lucky to escape an early red card when, seconds after being booked for fouling Emerson, he blatantly tripped James Ward-Prowse.
Newcastle, as many teams do at West Ham, dominated possession – they had 72 per cent in the first half – yet all they had to show for it was a Miguel Almiron shot from 25 yards which flew wide and Dan Burn glancing a header the wrong side of the post.
David Moyes revealed after Paqueta’s star turn in the 2-1 win in Freiburg that the Brazilian playmaker at times has him “tearing his hair out”.
Alexander Isak celebrates the first of his two goals at the London Stadium (Bradley Collyer/PA)
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