Scrappy Spurs open with away win in Newcastle

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For Spurs, World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris started in goal, joined in the line-up by Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and England captain Harry Kane.

An early goal from Jan Vertonghen helped Spurs get an early lead, though that didn't last long as Joselu managed to equalize just three minutes after the opening goal. The World Cup victor is still expected to step between the sticks for Spurs and bear the armband.

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So Newcastle fans only get the "pleasure" of seeing him when Tottenham are in Toon.

Ashley, the club's notoriously parsimonious billionaire owner, saw fit to spend £90 million (10.6 million euros, $11.5 million) on the ailing department store group House of Fraser.


Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez also endured a disappointing window as the Magpies made a large profit on their transfer activity so they'll face a hard task to improve on last seasons 10th-placed finish.

Such inactivity proved no impediment as the visitors rode their luck to seal a repeat of their opening day victory at St James' Park 12 months ago.

Tottenham had the majority of possession in the first half but couldn't force a two-goal cushion, with defender Sanchez coming closest from a glancing header wide from an Eriksen corner.

However, just 149 seconds later the hosts restored parity when Joselu converted a wicked delivery from the impressive Matt Ritchie to send the Newcastle faithful into raptures.

Rafa Benitez's men quickly hit back through Joselu thanks to a superb cross, before Serge Aurier produced an equally good cross from the right to set up Dele Alli.


Alli passed up a chance to extend his side's lead when he bundled Kane's mishit shot straight to Dubravka.

Newcastle's Slovakian keeper provided an even better stop to keep out a well-struck effort from Moussa Sissoko.

But, that one save arguably saved his side's blushes as he denied Ayoze Perez from scoring the second equalizer from a narrow-angle later in the second half.

"So many goals I have "scored" have been taken away from me".


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