Tottenham lucky in Newcastle win, says Vertonghen

Rex Christensen
August 12, 2018

Tottenham were the club with the most players to reach the semi-finals at this year's competition with nine, featuring as many as six of them in today's win.

There were victories for Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace in Saturday's Premier League.

Tottenham needed just eight minutes to go in front after goalkeeper Martin Dubravka turned away a shot from Eriksen.

Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring - just about - when his header made it over the line in the early exchanges.

Dele Alli (Tottenham): His trademark late runs into the box caused nightmares for Newcastle and provided the winning goal for Tottenham. Benitez will believe that set pieces are heavily influenced by the tactical side of the game, therefore he won't be wanting his team to conceded often from them. And, oh yeah, Harry Kane still hasn't scored in August.

Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Yedlin (6), Clark (6), Lascelles (6), Dummett (6), Diame (6), Shelvey (7), Ritchie (6), Perez (6), Kenedy (5), Joselu (6).

"I am happy in the way the players arrived after the holidays, and Dele was one of them".

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

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Until that point Spurs were quite in control and had the upper hand on the scoreboard thanks to Jan Vertonghen's close-range effort. He will know that it was a golden chance to score and he should have done better. 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.

The 2018-19 Premier League season continues on Saturday with Newcastle welcoming Tottenham on Matchday 1.

The home side nearly took the lead through one of their new signings, Salomon Rondon, in the 85th minute, but the Venezuelan was denied by an excellent block from Vertonghen, which deflected the ball onto the bar.

Spurs regained their lead in a topsy-turvy opening, as Aurier's unsafe cross from deep on the right was nodded back across goal and into the corner by Alli, who scored in the 2-0 win at St James' Park on the opening day of last season.

But it proved another frustrating afternoon for England skipper Harry Kane, who left Tyneside still awaiting his first ever Premier League goal in August after 14 games.

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