Newcastle United delivered a stunning blow to their Premier League top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur with a ruthless five-goal blitz in the opening 21 minutes of the game at St James' Park on Sunday.
The match, billed as a crucial showdown in the race for Champions League qualification, turned into a nightmare for Tottenham as they collapsed under Newcastle's lethal finishing.
The onslaught began in just the second minute when Jacob Murphy capitalized on a spill by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to put Newcastle ahead.
Four minutes later, Joelinton rounded Lloris to slot in Newcastle's second goal, sending the home crowd into a frenzy. Murphy then struck again with a thunderous long-range effort, making it 3-0 to Newcastle.
The unbelievable scenes continued as Alexander Isak scored twice in the space of two minutes, taking the scoreline to a staggering 5-0 in Newcastle's favour.
It was the second-earliest a team had taken a five-goal lead in Premier League history, only behind Manchester City's feat against Watford in 2019.
Tottenham's fans were left in disbelief as their team crumbled, with many leaving the stadium before halftime.
The only question remaining was whether Newcastle could surpass their record Premier League victory of 8-0 against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, and whether Tottenham could avoid their record top-flight defeat of 7-0 against Liverpool in 1978.
Although Tottenham improved after the break, with Harry Kane scoring a consolation goal in the 49th minute, Newcastle responded with gusto.
Substitute Callum Wilson came off the bench and found the net just a minute later, securing Newcastle's emphatic 6-1 win.
Speaking after the game, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe praised his team's incredible start to the game and the lethal finishing that sealed the victory.
The win propelled Newcastle into third place in the Premier League, overtaking Manchester United with 59 points.
Meanwhile, Tottenham's hopes of a top-four finish now look bleak, as they remain in fifth place with a six-point gap behind Newcastle and having played a game more.
The defeat was a humiliating and shambolic affair for Tottenham, epitomized by the early substitution of young midfielder Pape Matar Sarr and the poor performances of their defence.
With questions now being raised about their ability to secure Champions League qualification, Tottenham will have a tough road ahead to salvage their season.