Spurs begin EPL season with entertaining win at Newcastle

Spurs begin EPL season with entertaining win at Newcastle

England star Alli's winning header - the third of the game - sealed the victory early in the first half after Joselu had responded to Jan Vertonghen's opening effort.

The lead lasted just three minutes as Joselu rewarded manager Rafael Benitez for his faith in picking him ahead of summer signings Rondon and Yoshinori Muto.

A wild first half started with an early set-piece for Spurs resulting in the first goal of the day.

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The Denmark global delivered the resulting corner for defender Davinson Sanchez to attack.

Matt Ritchie cut back on to his left foot and curled in a cross which the striker met unopposed to glance a header past Hugo Lloris.

Newcastle allowed Alli a free run at the far post to send a precise header back across Dubravka into the far corner from Serge Aurier's inviting cross, which was whipped in from the right.

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The home side gradually settled into the game after a whirlwind opening half-hour, but with Diame in particular guilty of repeatedly squandering the ball, they struggled to build momentum.

That's over 950 minutes without a goal.

The only surprise was that, after Alli's 18th-minute strike that turned out to be the victor, there was no further scoring with both goalkeepers, Slovak Martin Dubravka and Frenchman Hugo Lloris, forced to make a string of impressive saves.

Diame was afforded room in the box to clatter a left-footed shot against the upright, while Alli should have done better at the other end when picked out by another delightful Eriksen ball.

Tottenham fans appear rather less dissatisfied, despite their club failing to make a single addition to Pochettino's squad since the end of last season.

The home side nearly took the lead through one of their new signings, Salomon Rondon, in the 85th minute, but the Venezuelan was denied by an excellent block from Vertonghen, which deflected the ball onto the bar.