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Newcastle United - Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League - 11 August 2018
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And there is the final whistle. Spurs hold on for an opening day victory over Newcastle for the second consecutive season.
- Yellow cardMohamed DiaméNewcastle United
Diame is cautioned for a foul on Kane.
Newcastle may have to play the remainder of stoppage time with just 10 men as Yedlin leaves the pitch hobbling.
There will be FOUR minutes of additional time. And perhaps slightly longer as Yedlin continues to receive attention.
A worrying moment for Newcastle as Yedlin goes down to receive treatment for what appears to be a knee problem. Remember, the home side have already used all three of their subs.
- OffEric DierTottenham Hotspur
- OnLuke AmosTottenham Hotspur
TOTTENHAM SUB: Luke Amos, who had a fine pre-season, replaces the tiring Dier for the last couple of minutes of normal time.
OFF THE CROSSBAR!
Oh my, nearly a debut goal for Rondon! He does everything right but is missing that bit of luck needed to score. He kills Shelvey's cross to set himself up for the shot and his dipping volley takes a deflection off Vertonghen, smashing off the crossbar and away to safety.
A promising Newcastle move comes to a desperately disappointing end. Atsu drives forward in a central position and he has Rondon making a run into space but his forward pass is to absolutely no one.
Muto's first contribution is to win a corner for his new team, but the resulting set-piece is headed clear by Spurs.
- OffAyoze PérezNewcastle United
- OnYoshinori MutoNewcastle United
NEWCASTLE SUB: Yoshinori Muta makes his debut for the hosts, as he makes his way onto the pitch to repalce Perez for the final nine remaining minutes.
- OffDele AlliTottenham Hotspur
- OnHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
TOTTENHAM SUB: Alli slowly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Heung-Min Son. His first-half header could yet prove to be decisive.
Atsu drives down the right and picks out Rondon in the area. Under pressure from Sanchez, he just about manages to get a shot away but doesn't connect with it cleanly and Lloris collects.
Shelvey attempts a clever through-pass to Yedlin but Lloris is quick off his line to clear his lines.
The game has gone rather flat. Those substitutes appear to have disrupted the flow of the match, but Newcastle still have just over 15 minutes to find an equaliser.
Dembele's 16-month wait (!) for a goal continues as he blasts the ball over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.
- OffLucas MouraTottenham Hotspur
- OnMousa DembéléTottenham Hotspur
TOTTENHAM SUB: Dier stays on the pitch and instead Moura makes way for Moussa Dembele.
- OffMatt RitchieNewcastle United
- OnChristian AtsuNewcastle United
NEWCASTLE SUB: Atsu replaces Ritchie in the home side's midfield.
- Yellow cardHarry KaneTottenham Hotspur
Kane goes into the referee's book for pushing Kenedy.
Tottenham have a free-kick. Eriksen delivers but it's too close to the goalkeeper. Dier is about to come off, it seems - Pochettino isn't going to trust the midfielder not to be shown a second yellow.
Newcastle are very much on top now, with around 25 minutes still to play.
Dier, already on a yellow card, is late on Perez and the Newcastle fans are screaming for a red to be shown. Martin Atkinson disagrees and awards only a free-kick.
A first glimpse of Rondon - he manages to deliver a cross into the penalty area but Tottenham can only half-clear. The loose ball is picked up by Kenedy whose curling effort is too high.
Tottenham desperately try to clear Ritche's corner delivery but they fail to. It falls to Perez who turns and shoots, firing a driven low shot from an acute angle but Lloris makes a top drawer save to deny him.
- OffJoseluNewcastle United
- OnSalomón RondónNewcastle United
NEWCASTLE SUB: Rondon, the home side's new no 9, replaces Joselu.
Spurs are looking increasingly dangerous each time they come forward now. They create another chance, as this time Aurier's cross is only clawed away by Dubravka as far as Sanchez at the back post. He tries a speculative bicycle-kick but gets it badly wrong.
Dubravka to the rescue! Davies' cross comes at a fair pace to Sissoko but the former Newcastle midfielder makes a sweet connection on his volley and is denied by Dubravka who makes a top reaction stop.
Moura turns into space but is then hauled down by Yedlin. A professional foul and the Newcastle defender is fortunate not to receive a booking.
KENEDY IS THROUGH!
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.
Alli makes a late run into the box to meet Eriksen's delightful low cross but he can only make contact with his thigh and Dubravka makes an easy save.
Tottenham's defence has been far from reliable this afternoon.
Shelvey picks out Diame with a hopeful header as the Spurs defence switch off! He takes a beautiful touch to set himself up for a shot and then fires a vicious volley at the outside of the woodwork.
- 2nd Half
Newcastle get the second-half underway. There were no changes at the interval.
- End of 1st Half
And there's the half-time whistle to signal the end of an enthralling first-half.
Three goals in 18 minutes: two for Tottenham and one for Newcastle. Much had been made of Pochettino's decision to start a whole host of his World Cup stars but they haven't let him down yet.
Two minutes are going to be added on at the end of a dramatic first-half.
Kenedy intercepts a pass just in front of his penalty area and immediately bursts forward to launch a counter-attack. But he's hauled down by Dier who earns himself a yellow card for his cynical foul.
The chances just keep on coming and this time Newcastle go close. Tottenham desperately try to clear the ball inside their own box but can't. It's pinball. It falls to Dummett who scuffs a half-volley just past the post. Perez was at full stretch to guide it in but just couldn't reach it.
Tottenham almost extend their lead! Shelvey allows Sanchez to run to the near post and, unmarked, the defender meets Eriksen's corner delivery and glances his header agonisingly wide.
Newcastle steal possession in midfield and suddenly they are on the charge. Shelvey tries to pick out the run of Perez but slightly over-cooks his pass.
Eriksen releases Kane with a clever through-pass but the England star's touch is heavy and the chance is gone. He is like a completely different player in August, it's so weird.
Newcastle are enjoying a decent spell of pressure just now. Dummett and Kenedy work the ball neatly down the left flank before the former goes down on the edge of the box. But it's not a foul.
Kennedy tries to whip a ball into the penalty area but it's blocked by Sissoko. Appeals for handball are waved away by referee Martin Atkinson.
A mix-up in Newcastle's defence! Dubrakva goes for the same ball as his defender and between them the ball is cleared only as far as Aurier. He tries to curl it into the top corner but gets his shot terribly wrong.
Spurs partially clear Ritchie's delivery, as far as Dummett. He shoots from 20 yards out but his venomous effort is some distance wide. It needed a deflection but he didn't get it.
Vertonghen slips at the crucial moment and concedes a corner. Ritchie sure can whip in a set-piece, can Newcastle draw level?
Vertonghen's header was only 9mm over the line, Sky Sports are reporting. Fine margins and all that...
OUCH! Looks like Joselu has twisted his ankle. He is going to try to run this off but we may be seeing Rondon in a Newcastle shirt sooner than expected.
Frustration growing into Newcastle's game perhaps as Shelvey goes through the back of Kane and concedes a free-kick.
Yedlin switched off in Newcastle's defence as he allowed Alli to drift off into space at the back post and he was left completely unmarked to prod it home. Tottenham ahead again. Three goals in 18 minutes!
- GoalDele AlliTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham
Alli restores Spurs' lead! Newcastle's defence is carved open once more. It's a delightful deep cross from Aurier, he sets it up on a plate for Alli who couldn't miss. He guides it into the top corner from close range with a cushioned header.
It's probably not the opening Rafa Benitez would have had in mind. The Newcastle boss would have wanted his team to be strong and disciplined in defence, keeping the game tight and frustrate Pochettino's team. But the early goal forced their hand. Now they are level we can expect them to revert back to Plan A.
Ritchie was heavily linked with a move away from Newcastle during the summer but the former Bournemouth winger is proving his importance today. What a cross and Joselu couldn't miss. It's a fantastic start to the game.
- GoalJoseluNewcastle United
GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham
Well that didn't take long, Newcastle are level! Ritchie is given all the time in the world to deliver a cross, his devilish delivery is a dream for Joselu who glances the header into the top corner, leaving Lloris helpless.
- GoalJan VertonghenTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham
The visitors take an early lead! Goal-line technology is required for this one.
Eriksen's corner delivery is met by Sanchez who flicks it on to Vertonghen at the back post. The Spurs defender bundles it over the line, despite Newcastle's desperate effort to clear.
Eriksen drills a powerful daisy-cutter at goal from distance, it's going wide but Dubravka isn't taking any chances and pushes it out for a corner.
Diame concedes possession cheaply in his own half and Tottenham spring an attack, with Moura played through on the left side of the box by Kane. He is forced wide and sees his effort blocked.
The hosts are on the front-foot at the moment as they win a free-kick. Shelvey delivers, Spurs can only half clear as far as Ritchie. He drills the ball high and awfully wide.
Newcastle launch an attack, with Shelvey leading the charge. He feeds Perez who in turn slips through Joselu but the forward can't get a shot away as he is quickly closed down by a number of defenders.
Eriksen plays the ball short to Davies who smashes a shot from the edge of the box but his effort is blocked and Newcastle clear their lines.
Former Newcastle player Sissoko is straight into the action, winning a free-kick on the right flank after being flattened by Clark. Tottenham on the attack right from kick-off.
- 1st Half
Tottenham get the game underway at St James' Park.
The warm-ups are over and the team-talks have been ordered, kick-off is just five minutes away! A reminder of the teams, then...
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Diame, Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy, Joselu.
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Alli, Moura, Kane.
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Kane has played 13 games - 898 minutes - in August but still the World Cup Golden Boot winner has yet to score during the eighth month. It's a bizarre record and no one can quite put their finger on it but only a fool would write the England goalscoring hero off today. He wasn't expected to start this afternoon but Mauricio clearly feels he is fit enough to play. And his wife gave birth this week so he is bound to be in good spirits.
DID YOU KNOW?
This will be the fourth time Newcastle and Tottenham have played each other on the opening weekend of a Premier League season, the most in the competition's history.
Spurs will be playing in their green third kit this afternoon.
Tottenham were heavily linked with Aston Villa's Jack Grealish but the transfer didn't materialise, leaving Pochettino with the same pool of players as last season. But the Argentine isn't worried about the lack of transfer activity.
"Of course, it's difficult to understand for people that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently," he said.
"If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together.
"We believe a lot in our players and why not repeat a similar season like last year or the season before, and with more experience? We are going to be better - no doubt about that."
Our journalists at Eurosport have had their say on who will finish where in the final Premier League standings.
Benitez has been talking to Sky Sports just now. He says he is looking forward to the new season.
Speaking to the BBC earlier this week the Spaniard commented: "Our target first has to be to survive because we did so well last year.
"The reality is that if we do what we did last year with commitment and togetherness, we can be a lot higher than 17th. How high? I don't know yet."
The Premier League kicked off last night in style as Manchester United edged out Leicester City 2-1 in an enthralling contest.
Nine of Tottenham's World Cup stars only returned to training on Monday but Pochettino has taken a risk by naming a strong XI. Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane are amongst those in the starting line-up. Toby Alderweireld is on the bench.
No debutants for Newcastle in their starting XI but Martin Dubravka, who joined on loan last season, has joined on a permanent deal and features in goal. Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the Premier League opener between the sides last term and will hope to atone for that mindless moment, he starts in midfield. Joselu spearheads the home side's attack with loan signing Saloman Rondon on the bench.
Newcastle fans have been holding a protest outside Sports Direct this morning.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Diame, Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy, Joselu. Subs: Darlow, Ki, Schar, Rondon, Muto, Manquillo, Atsu.
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Alli, Moura, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Alderweireld, Son, Walker-Peters, Llorente, Dembele, Amos.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the Premier League contest between Newcastle and Tottenham.
After a frustrating summer in terms of transfers for both clubs, Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino will be relieved that football is back and we can all focus on the on-field stuff.
Newcastle are yet to break their transfer record set back in 2005 and the lack of activity has left fans and managers feeling underwhelmed.
And if you thought that was bad, Spurs were the first Premier League club not to sign anyone in the summer window since 2003!
Thankfully, we will have some actual football to talk about this afternoon, though. Kick-off is 12:30pm.