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Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Tottenham win first game of the season against Newcastle

Rafa Benitez brought on Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba as replacements for the two defenders.

However, he has been given the nod to start against his former club, on the right-hand side of a midfield triumvirate alongside Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.

The Dane shot across the face of goal with 27 minutes gone after Spurs had broken from a Newcastle corner, and he tested goalkeeper Rob Elliot with a dipping volley four minutes before the break.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has come under pressure to add some new players to a squad that finished second to Chelsea last season and has lost right back Kyle Walker, who moved to Manchester City.

Alli kicked the ball away as the Newcastle midfielder bent down to collect it. Shelvey then thread on Alli's ankle, the referee spotted it and sent him off.




Moussa Sissoko was booed as his return to St James' Park ended with Son Heung-min taking his place before the hour mark, and Tottenham soon made their extra man count.

With 20 minutes left, Ben Davies was found by Eriksen with the Welshman scoring the second goal of the game.

Benitez had admitted in the run-up to the game that his players would have to battle for their lives throughout the entire campaign, and they did just that before Shelvey's premature exit. He was also red carded in a Championship match at Nottingham Forest in December 2016.

The brain-fade derailed Newcastle's momentum and any chance of pulling off an upset against last years Premier League runner-ups.