Newcastle United boosted their top-four hopes and did serious damage to those of Tottenham Hotspur with a 6-1 demolition of the north London team at St James’ Park.
Jacob Murphy scored the first from close range on two minutes with only his second touch of the match.
In doing so, Newcastle became only the sixth team in Premier League history to score three goals within the opening nine minutes of a match, and the first since Manchester City's 6-1 win over Burnley in April 2010.
There was no let-up for shell-shocked Spurs as three became four, then five goals within 21 minutes as Alexander Isak added two more.
His first came with a clinical finish from a brilliant through-ball from Joe Willock, while Isak’s second took his total to nine goals in 15 Premier League appearances. Only Erling Haaland, with a goal every 69.8 minutes, has a better ratio than the Swede's 97.2 minutes.
Spurs immediately made a change and reverted from an experimental back four to a flat three, with centre-back Davinson Sanchez replacing midfielder Pape Sarr, while Fraser Forster came on for captain Lloris at the start of the second half.
Harry Kane pulled a goal back four minutes after the break with his 24th goal of the season, but Newcastle’s five-goal cushion was restored when Callum Wilson netted one minute and six seconds after coming on as a substitute. It was the fourth consecutive match in which he had scored against Spurs.
Newcastle take advantage of Manchester United being in FA Cup action to go above them on goal difference into third on 59 points, having played a match more. They are six points ahead of Spurs in fifth.
West Ham ease fears of drop
The players who gave the Hammers a famous 5-1 win in the UEFA Europa Conference League quarter-final against Gent all struck again as David Moyes’ side secured their first victory outside the capital since last August at Aston Villa.
Declan Rice added a third before half-time, lashing the ball in after it had fallen to him in the area before Pablo Fornals put the seal on proceedings with a spectacular scorpion kick from Jarrod Bowen’s cross on 72 minutes.
Back-to-back away wins either side of a 2-2 comeback draw with Arsenal lift West Ham to 13th spot on 34 points, six clear of the bottom three. AFC Bournemouth drop to 15th with one point fewer.