Isak’s penalty gives Newcastle a point at home to Bournemouth

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Alexander Isak saved a point for Newcastle with his first goal at St. James’ Park, converting a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Saturday.

The Swedish striker sent Brazil keeper Neto the wrong way in the 67th minute, five minutes after Philip Billing gave Bournemouth the lead against the run of play.

Isak has scored two goals in three games since joining from Real Sociedad for a record fee of $70 million in the final week of the transfer window. He also scored against Liverpool at Anfield on his debut.

It was a fifth draw in seven games for Saudi-funded Newcastle, who have eight points like the visitors.

Bournemouth have continued their encouraging performance and improving results since Scott Parker’s dismissal after a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool in late August. In three games under caretaker manager Gary O’Neil, the south coast side have two draws and one win at Nottingham Forest.

Newcastle dominated the game but found Neto in fine form while hitting the goal frame twice, thanks to Kieran Trippier from a free-kick and Joelinton with a curled shot.

Bournemouth barely threatened before they finally got some numbers on the pitch and Jordan Zemura crossed from the left towards Billing, who popped his left foot out and volleyed into wrong-passed goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Newcastle were soon level again after Jefferson Lerma awarded a penalty by blocking Trippier’s cross with his left hand. Isak had been silent until then, but caught the ball and made no mistakes from the spot.


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