The last time Tottenham Hotspur visited St. James’ Park they suffered a 5-1 demolition in the hands of Newcastle United, but this time around Spurs started the season on the right foot as they defeated the newly promoted Newcastle 2-0.
Tottenham Hotspur Team News:
Hugo Lloris (c), Kyle Walker-Peters, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vetronghen, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Harry Kane
Substitutes: Michel Vorm, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kevin Wimmer, Son Heung-Min, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks, Vincent Jansenn
Newcastle United Team News:
Rob Elliot, Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark, Florain Lejeune, Paul Dummett, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Christian Atsu, Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jamal Lascelles, Jacob Murphy, Rolando Aarons, Chancel Mbema, Mikel Moreno, Aleksandar Mitrovic
The match started off in a very lively manner, with a lot of back and forth in the first twenty minutes of the match. Newcastle’s best chance in the first half came via Dwight Gayle, when the striker opted to volley the ball and send it over the bar after a well timed run. Tottenham equally had chances to capitalize in the first half, with two chances falling to Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen. The first opportunity came through a set piece, when Eriksen’s weak free kick went straight into the hands of Rob Elliot. In the 27th minute, the Spurs number eight then attempted a shot from outside the box but went wide of the post.
The next big chance of the match came minutes before the first half ended and it was Eriksen in the center of action once again, when the midfielder hit a shot from 25 yards out but Rob Elliot made a comfortable save as the first half came to a scoreless end.
The second half started in the most controversial way, when Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey decided to step on Dele Alli’s ankle, after Alli went down with a challenge. Shelvey’s afternoon immediately came to a disrupt end as he was sent off in the 48th minute.
Spurs finally got their breakthrough by the hour mark, when Eriksen chipped the ball over as Delle Alli stick out his foot to get the ball past Rob Elliot and make the score 1-0.
Few minutes later, Spurs doubled their victory after some great build-up; it was Ben Davies who broke into the box to score the second goal.
Rafa Benitez’s evening got worse when both defenders, Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune suffered injuries but as for Mauricio Pochettino, his side got off to the best possible start he could have asked for as they bagged all three points from an away match.
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