Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham: Dele Alli scores victor for visitors

Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham: Dele Alli scores victor for visitors

Premier League football is back on Tyneside as Newcastle United hosted Tottenham at St. James' Park earlier today. The second half was back and forth with great saves and great chances for both teams. His header was met at the far post by Vertonghen and the ball bounced down from the crossbar, with referee Martin Atkinson awarding the goal after being alerted by goal-line technology that it had crossed the line.

But Spurs held on for a much-needed three points after recent criticism for not making a signing this summer, and the result means Newcastle, whose fans protested against owner Mike Ashley in the city centre before the game, are without an opening-day victory since 2012. It's a long season and we have got to improve but it was a positive start.

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Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng, Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon have all been left on the substitutes' bench for the fixture in the North-East.

Alli's goal marked the second season in a row in which the midfielder has scored in the opening game.

Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring with an early header and Joselu's equaliser was quickly erased by Alli as all three goals came in the first 18 minutes.

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

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.

When asked about his previous comments, Pochettino said the fact the club was able to keep stars like Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min while spending £1bn on a new stadium and redeveloping their training ground was "brave".

The gong could have also been awarded to Jan Vertonghen, but it was apt that England midfielder Alli scored the victor after a busy summer.

He took up a position on the left of midfield, regularly helping Ben Davies, and gained possession nine times for Spurs, more than any of his team-mates.

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