Tottenham beat Newcastle 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, 11 August. Here are the highlights of the game.
Tottenham received plenty of criticism on the transfer deadline as they became the first Premier League team in the summer window story to not buy or sell a single player. Mauricio Pochettino responded by throwing back some of his stars who made deep runs in the World Cup and beat Newcastle 2-1.
Tottenham dominated the opening phase and took the lead in the eighth minute. Jan Vertonghen came from close range, Davinson Sanchez turned Christian Eriksen into the corner. Martin Dubravka seemed to save the ball, but the goal-line decision-making system missed the gate.
Newcastle, whose lack of batting variations was one of the themes of their 2017-18, responded almost instantly by Joselu, who took the space between center-back Tottenham to head Matt Ritchie's excellent cross over past Hugo Lloris. He only managed four goals throughout the last season.
However, the Spurs came back into the game after the clean sheet, and the Magpies fought to get the ball into the feet of their attacking players, with Mohamed Diame particularly sloppy on the ball. Tottenham took the lead in the 18th minute with a header from Dele Alli, which was found through Serge Aurier's cross at the back post.
Newcastle started impressively in the second half when Diame hit the post in the 47th minute just before Kenydy's touch failed him as he shined through the goal. Given that many of Tottenham's players had virtually no preseason, it was hard not to wonder if fatigue took its toll.
But in the 56th minute, when Mouessa Sissoko had to parry a splendid save from Dubravka on 56 minutes, Mauricio Pochettino's men fought in the second half of the game. Above all, Harry Kane seemed dissatisfied, and his wait for a first Premier League goal in August continues.
The home side's Salomon Rondon put them ahead in the 85th minute, but the Venezuelan were blocked by an excellent Vertonghen penalty that put the ball on the crossbar. That was the last good opening of the game when Spurs retained for the win.
In the second week of the season Newcastle go to Cardiff, while Tottenham face Fulham.