Tottenham edge past gutsy Newcastle

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  • Vertonghen put Spurs ahead
  • Joselu equalized soon after
  • Dele Alli scores winner
  • Rondon hits bar on debut

Tottenham Hotspur beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James’ Park on Saturday, with Spurs battling to victory with several of their stars playing after just a few days of preseason training following the World Cup.

Jan Vertonghen gave Spurs the lead but Joselu equalized with a lovely header, then Alli also scored a header at the back post to cap a wild spell in the first half.

Spurs held on for the win despite late Newcastle pressure as Mauricio Pochettino side started off their new season with a win. And, oh yeah, Harry Kane still hasn’t scored in August.

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Spurs took an early lead as Vertonghen nodded home at the back post, with the goal awarded via goal-line technology.

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Yet Newcastle responded right away as Joselu finished Matt Ritchie’s cross superbly to send St James’ Park wild.

Soon they were deflated once again as Serge Aurier surged forwar22685224d and crossed for Alli to nod home and restore Tottenham’s lead.

Three goals in seven first half minutes opened the first Saturday of the new season in style.

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Mohamed Diame smashed the outside of the post in the second half after a wonderful piece of control, as Newcastle pushed to get back into the game.

Kenedy was then played in with a wonderful pass but got his first tough all wrong as Lloris smothered the chance.

And Lloris then saved well from Ayoze Perez from a tight angle.

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Spurs threatened to add another on the break late on but Newcastle were also creating chances. Their best fell to new loan signing Salomon Rondon but his shot deflected onto the crossbar when he was played through.

Tottenham held on for victory as they started the second-straight PL campaign with a victory at Newcastle.