Ghana's Kudus scores 1st Premier League goal to rescue point for West Ham

AP , Sunday 8 Oct 2023

Mohammed Kudus scored in the 89th minute for his first Premier League goal for West Ham to secure a 2-2 draw against Newcastle on Sunday.

West Ham s Mohammed Kudus, left, celebrates scoring their side s second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at the London Stadium, London, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. AP


The Ghana forward, whose involvement has mostly been limited to cameos as a substitute since joining from Ajax, came on as a 76th-minute replacement and slotted home a low finish from the edge of the area.

It had looked like Alexander Isak's two goals in a five-minute span around the hour mark would earn a come-from behind win for Newcastle and complete a great week for the northeast club. On Wednesday, the team beat Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 in the Champions League to mark the high point in the two-year tenure under its Saudi ownership.

Isak finished coolly in the 57th minute after West Ham midfielder Edson Alvarez inadvertently headed a Newcastle free kick straight to the Sweden striker in the middle of the area.

Then, in the 62nd, Isak was on hand at the far post to tap in a volleyed cross from the right by Kieran Trippier.

The emotional impact of the midweek result against PSG appeared to affect Newcastle early on as West Ham made a fast start, with Tomas Soucek converting from close range in the eighth minute after Lucas Paqueta rounded goalkeeper Nick Pope before playing in an inviting cross to the Czech midfielder.

Newcastle was denied a fifth straight win in all competitions.

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