DELE ALLI gave Spurs the Swede odor of success with a purpose straight out of his World Cup scrapbook.
Alli’s back-post header within the 18th minute was a carbon copy of his strike for the Three Lions within the quarter-final in opposition to Sweden.
However Newcastle might and will have had a minimum of a draw in opposition to an under-par Tottenham group, hitting the body of the guests’ purpose in the beginning and finish of the second half.
The followers who had protested in opposition to membership proprietor Mike Ashley hours earlier could possibly be happy with their group, however Rafa Benitez’s facet started the season with defeat in opposition to Spurs – simply as they’d 12 months earlier.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino put 5 of his 9 World-Cup semi-finalists in his beginning line-up – with two extra on the bench – and a pair of them made positive Tottenham shaded the primary half, and in the end received the sport .
Jan Vertonghen gave them the lead within the eighth minute when expertise dominated his close-range header from a Davinson Sanchez flick-on had struck the crossbar after which crossed the road by 9mm.
And after Joselu’s free header had levelled the scores quickly afterwards, Alli put Tottenham again in entrance with a purpose which introduced again recollections of Russia.
As an alternative of England team-mate Jesse Lingard, it was Serge Aurier who offered the cross from the proper however Alli’s run and header had been an motion replay of his magic second in Russia.
However Newcastle had been holding their very own, a lot to Pochettino’s frustration.
And the house group nearly normal one other equaliser earlier than half-time when Ayoze Perez was agonisingly near connecting with Ciaran Clark’s scuffed cross-cum-shot.
Inside two minutes of the restart, Mo Diame had rattled Hugo Lloris’ right-hand publish. Not lengthy afterwards Joselu’s sensible cross performed Kenedy clear by means of however the Brazilian’s first contact was terrible and a golden likelihood was gone.
Ex-Toon midfielder Mo Sissoko noticed a superb effort effectively saved by Martin Dubravka, then Lloris denied Perez after a scramble.
Harry Kane appeared like a person who had not had sufficient day off. His sluggish efficiency recalled his struggles within the knockout phases in Russia and his day was summed up when poor management and a push on Kenedy earned him a yellow card.
Newcastle’s new No 9, Salomon Rondon, got here on to nice cheers simply earlier than the hour and was near grabbing the purpose Newcastle deserved when his 85th minute shot was deflected on to the bar.
However Alli proved to be the distinction between the 2 sides.
It was solely in stoppage time that the Newcastle followers reprised the songs that had been sung on the earlier protest.The most recent season below Ashley had begun in the identical method because the final – however not for need of attempting.