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Alli header helps Spurs see off spirited Newcastle

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Cassandra Castillo | 12 August, 2018, 20:35

August has always been a struggle for the player and Tottenham's opening game against Newcastle was no different.

At St James Park yesterday, despite the ongoing shenanigans behind the scenes, the Newcastle United support got behind their team. Their efforts paid off when Dele Alli restored the lead just before the 20th-minute mark thanks to a delicious cross from Serge Aurier from the right flank.

With the game only eight minutes old, Vertonghen, fresh from Belgium's third-placed World Cup finish, gave the visitors the lead when his header against the underside of the crossbar was adjudged to have crossed the line by goal-line technology. They are ok. I hope that Monday they will start to train with the team.

For Spurs, Eric Dier was booked and struggled to get a foothold in the game, and though Harry Kane was forced extremely deep, the Golden Boot victor battled hard.

Newcastle: Dubravka 7, Yedlin 7, Clark 7, Lascelles 6, Dummett 6, Diame 6, Shelvey 8, Ritchie 7, Perez 6, Kenedy 6, Joselu 6.

But Mourinho made it clear he was desperate to land a new central defender.

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But five of them started the match, while Mousa Dembele came off the bench, and first-half goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli secured a 2-1 triumph on Tyneside.

However, they were more open than he would have liked against Tottenham. He guides it into the top corner from close range with a cushioned header. A golden chance for Newcastle as Joselu slips through Kenedy! The midfielder has all the time in the world to slot it home but he seems to buckle under the pressure, taking a heavy touch which allows Lloris to rush out to smother. Oh my, almost a debut goal for Rondon!

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.

He must have been exhausted from a summer of football but scored the opener - his first Premier League goal for five seasons - and made a crucial block to prevent Salomon Rondon equalising. Harry Kane, in particular, seemed out of sorts, and his wait for a first ever Premier League goal in August goes on.

After the Championship club demanded in excess of £30million, Tottenham withdrew their interest and settled with the team that finished 23 points behind the Premier League champions last season.

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