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90' + 4'
M. Diamé
Yellow Card
H. Kane
Yellow Card
D. Alli
S. Aurier
1 - 2
M. Ritchie
1 - 1
J. Vertonghen
D. Sánchez
0 - 1

Match Stats

40% 59%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 5
Total Passes 387 573
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They may be leaving empty handed but both Benitez and the Newcastle fans will surely be relatively pleased with what they saw from their team this afternoon. On two occasions they ended up hitting the woodwork, and throughout they caused plenty of problems for the Tottenham back line.
They weren't quite at their best but Tottenham have nonetheless managed to leave St James' Park with all three points. They looked slightly shaky during the second half but arguably deserve the win, with Newcastle themselves putting in a great shift to try and find an equaliser.
90' + 6' Atsu makes a run into the right-hand side of the penalty area as they try to push forward on one final attacking move, but he's caught slightly offside and the linesman's flag is quickly raised.
90' + 5' Tottenham understandably send the free-kick short and work the ball back to the halfway line, where they patiently work the ball around as they attempt to run down the clock.
M. Diamé
Yellow Card
90' + 4' Diame lunges into Kane and catches the striker on the top of the foot, leaving the referee with no choice but to show him a late booking.
90' + 2' Yedlin has been able to get back to his feet but is barely able to put any weight on his right leg, and it means Newcastle will have to play with 10 men for the final few minutes.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be four minutes of added time.
89' Ouch! This doesn't look good for Yedlin. The full-back darted down the right wing and battled with Davies before overextending his knee, resulting in him crashing to the ground in quite a lot of discomfort. To add insult to injury, Newcastle have made all of their changes already.
L. Amos
E. Dier
88' Dier looks to have picked up cramp, and he slowly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by young Amos.
86' Rondon hits the crossbar! The newly signed striker is presented with an excellent opportunity to fire in an equaliser for his side after being set up by Shelvey, but his deflected effort smashes the woodwork after looping over Lloris. So close!
84' Huge mistake by Atsu! Tottenham clumsily lose possession and allow Newcastle to counter-attack, but Atsu's pass towards Rondon is poorly executed and rolls straight into the hands of Lloris. He really should have done better there!
82' Newcastle really are giving it a good go as they desperately search for an equaliser. More good play over on the left wing results in a corner, but Shelvey's cross is punched away by Lloris without too many problems.
Y. Muto
Ayoze Pérez
81' Meanwhile, Newcastle have brought on new signing Muto to replace Perez.
Son Heung-Min
D. Alli
80' Tottenham have made their second switch of the game, with Alli making way for Son.
79' After a period on the back foot, Tottenham are able to burst down the left flank through Eriksen, who counter-attacks quickly. He then cuts inside and fizzes a pass across the face of goal, but it fails to find a team-mate or fully test Dubravka.
78' Atsu embarks on a decent run down the right wing and manages to get himself into a good position. He then sends a cross into the penalty area and towards Rondon, who gets a foot on the ball but can only send a scuffed effort straight to Lloris.
76' Newcastle come back once again, and this time it's Shelvey who fires a dangerous pass into the box. It almost manages to find Yedlin, but Lloris reads the flight of the ball well and rushes out to beat the American to it.
74' Kenedy, who has arguably been Newcastle's most creative player, sprints down the left wing and crosses. His pass is a decent one, but Dier is there to get a head on the ball and guide it into the hands of Lloris.
72' If Tottenham are to extend their lead, you feel it's going to come through Eriksen. According to Opta, the Dane has created five goalscoring chances in this match, more than any other player.
71' Tottenham are unable to clear the danger from deep down their left flank, allowing Eriksen to pick up the ball and cut inside. He then tees up Dembele to shoot, but the Belgian's 25-yard effort is poorly executed and sails high over the crossbar.
C. Atsu
M. Ritchie
69' Meanwhile, Ritchie has made way for Atsu for the home side.
M. Dembélé
Lucas Moura
68' Tottenham have made their first substitution of the game, with Dembele coming on to replace Lucas.
H. Kane
Yellow Card
68' Kane loses out to Kenedy and then shows his frustration by pushing the Brazilian to the ground, resulting in a yellow card for the Spurs striker.
67' Davies is caught by Ritchie and Tottenham are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position deep inside the Newcastle half of the pitch. Eriksen steps up and unleashes a curling cross, but it's slightly overhit and misses the head of Dier.
66' More good play from the home side almost results in a chance on goal from close range for Rondon, but Kenedy's low cross is sent slightly too near to Lloris and is cut out by the Frenchman.
64' It's been a decent spell of possession for Newcastle, who have started the second half well and are moving the ball around nicely inside the final third of the pitch. It certainly feels as if there are more goals in this, but who will grab the next one?
62' Rondon makes a nuisance of himself as he muscles his way down the right flank and towards the box. An attempted cross fails to find Perez but deflects out to Kenedy, who then unleashes a shot that sails well wide of its intended target.
60' Newcastle almost equalise! A corner pinballs around the penalty area as Tottenham once again fail to fully clear the danger. Perez is eventually able to shoot from close range, but Lloris is there to pull off a great stop at the near post.
S. Rondón
59' That was Joselu's last involvement in the game, as he's been replaced by new loan signing Rondon.
59' A lofted pass is fired deep into the Tottenham half of the pitch by Ritchie and goes close to finding Joselu, who battles with Aurier on the edge of the box but can't quite find a way past the Ivorian.
Yellow Card
58' Joselu clumsily slides into the back of Dier and brings the England international crashing to the ground, leaving the referee with no choice but to show him the second yellow card of the game.
57' Chance for Sanchez! Aurier twists and turns over on the right wing before unleashing a cross that Dubravka can only tip to Sanchez. The defender quickly shoots, but his acrobatic volley is overhit and fails to hit the target.
56' What a save by Dubravka! Tottenham move the ball around patiently on the edge of the penalty area before Davies fires in a bouncing cross. It perfectly picks out Sissoko, who immediately shoots but has his thumping effort wonderfully stopped by Dubravka.
54' Alli is causing all sorts of problems for Yedlin, who is really struggling to deal with the England midfielder's impressive movement. This time he runs into the box and tries to find Lucas, but Diame is there to poke the ball behind for a corner that's well defended.
52' Huge let off for Tottenham! The chances are coming thick and fast, with Kenedy the latest to go close. The Brazilian is left all alone and only has Lloris to beat, but his first touch is terrible and allows the goalkeeper to rush out and smother the danger. He really should have done much better with that!
51' Another great chance for Tottenham! Alli makes a brilliant run into the penalty area and latches onto a deft flick from Kane, but he can't make decent contact with the ball and knocks it into the hands of Dubravka before he can shoot.
50' Sissoko and Aurier link up deep down the right wing before the latter swings a dangerous cross into the box. It finds Alli, who goes close to teeing up Lucas just in front of goal but narrowly loses out to Clark.
48' Diame hits the post! Tottenham are all over the place at the back as Newcastle pile bodies forward. A looping header from Shelvey somehow finds Diame inside the penalty area, who then unleashes a rocket of a shot that smashes the woodwork.
46' We're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
If Newcastle are to equalise, you feel it's going to come from a set-piece. As was shown during the build-up to Joselu's goal, Tottenham haven't looked entirely convincing dealing with crosses into their box, and on several occasions the home side have gone close to making them pay with impressive set-piece play.
It's been a thoroughly entertaining game so far, with both sides finding some joy inside the final third of the pitch. Tottenham deserve to be ahead thanks to two well-worked goals but Newcastle are still offering a threat themselves, with Kenedy and Ritchie in particular doing well out wide.
45' + 2' Kenedy is dispossessed on the halfway line, presenting Tottenham with one final chance to counter-attack before the break. A quick pass is fired up towards Kane, but Lascelles does really well to dispossess the striker with a firm but fair sliding tackle.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
44' A Newcastle free-kick from just inside their own half of the pitch is fired up towards the edge of the penalty area and finds Joselu. The Spaniard tries to nod the ball down to Perez, but Alli does well to read the danger and cut it out.
E. Dier
Yellow Card
42' Newcastle quickly counter-attack after winning back possession, but Dier cynically brings it to an end with a poor challenge on Kenedy and earns himself a yellow card.
41' Space opens up for Kane, allowing the striker to break down the left wing and into a decent position. He then cuts inside and tries to pick out Aurier, but his pass across the edge of the box is poor and only finds a black and white shirt.
40' And now Newcastle almost equalise! The ball pinballs around the penalty area as Tottenham struggle to clear the danger. It eventually falls to Clark, who immediately unleashes a half-volley that bounces just wide of the goal.
38' Sanchez goes close! Kane is left free inside the Newcastle box, where he spins, shoots and wins his side a corner. Eriksen's cross is a great one and finds Sanchez once again, but the centre-back's glancing header narrowly misses the far post.
37' Diame stops Vertonghen in his tracks and this time it's Newcastle's turn to counter-attack. Shelvey quickly slips a pass through the back line and into the penalty area, but it's overhit and finds Lloris instead of Joselu.
35' Diame is put under pressure by Alli and loses out to the England midfielder. Tottenham quickly break away through Eriksen, who tries to set up Kane on the edge of the box, but the striker's first touch is heavy and denies him the opportunity to spin and shoot.
33' Aurier commits a clumsy foul on Dummet, resulting in a free-kick for Newcastle. Shelvey's cross finds Lascelles just outside of the penalty area, but the captain can't quite pick out a team-mate with his downward header and the visitors comfortably hold on.
31' Tottenham lose the ball in the middle of the pitch, allowing the hosts to quickly break away. Shelvey sends a pass over to Kenedy and the Brazilian then unleashes a cross, but Sissoko is there to throw his body in the way.
29' A looping cross causes all sorts of problems for Dubravka, who beats Alli to the ball but can only punch it as far as Aurier. The full-back then shoots after missing the opportunity to find a team-mate, but his effort is poor and sails well wide.
27' It's Ritchie who sends a good ball into the box and towards Clark, where it's half cleared by the Tottenham defence. Dummett then unleashes a thumping low shot from 20 yards out, but it ends up flying a few yards wide of the far post.
26' This time it's Perez who breaks down the left wing and tries to latch onto a lofted pass from Clark, and he does well to force Vertonghen into poking the ball behind for a corner. What will they be able to do with this?
24' Problem for Joselu? The Spaniard darts down the left flank in search of a bouncing loose ball, but he's unable to keep it in play and then goes down holding the back of his leg. He's going to continue for now but looks to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
22' Shelvey commits a clumsy challenge and Tottenham are awarded a free-kick on the halfway line. It's taken quickly and eventually worked over to Sissoko, who tries to beat Kenedy but loses out to the Brazilian.
20' It's proving to be a tough period of the game for Newcastle, who are really struggling to break out of their own half of the pitch. Tottenham haven't quite been at their best so far but are nonetheless managing to keep the home side pegged back.
S. Aurier
18' Aurier has already looked a little suspect defensively but put the ball on a plate for Alli there. His cross from midway down the right flank was wonderfully executed and always looked as if it was going to find his team-mate in a dangerous position.
D. Alli
18' GOAL! Tottenham are back in front! Another spectacular cross is launched into the box, this time by Aurier, and easily finds Alli, who beats Yedlin in the air before sending a downward header straight into the bottom corner of the net.
17' Newcastle bring an end to another Tottenham attacking move before trying to break away on a counter-attack of their own, but Aurier cynically brings down Shelvey as he sprints forward. The home fans appeal for a yellow card, but the referee only gives him a talking to.
15' Sissoko breaks down the right wing as he tries to carve out a pocket of space for himself. He's unable to do so, though, as both Kenedy and Dummett stick to the Frenchman like glue, denying him the opportunity to cross.
13' Tottenham move the ball around patiently before Dier tries to roll a pass into the box and towards Kane, but Newcastle have a sea of players camped on the edge of their penalty area and easily bring the attempted attack to an end.
M. Ritchie
11' That really was a sublime pass from Ritchie, but where were the Tottenham centre-backs? They were all at sea, allowing Joselu to creep into the penalty area and easily get his head onto the ball.
11' GOAL! What a response! A beautiful cross from Ritchie is perfectly placed, setting up Joselu, who is all alone, to easily nod a header past Lloris and into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
10' Newcastle quickly push forward from the restart as they try to find a way back into the game, but Tottenham get plenty of bodies back and are able to snuff out the danger. Do the hosts have what it takes to get themselves on the scoresheet?
J. Vertonghen
8' GOAL! Tottenham have taken the lead! A curling free-kick flies into the penalty area and finds Sanchez, who rises high and nods the ball over to the far post. Vertonghen is there to meet it, and despite Dubravka seemingly managing to keep the ball out with a diving save, the referee awards the goal after looking at his watch.
D. Sánchez
8' That was a really good, towering header from Sanchez, but Newcastle will be really disappointed with their defending, as they left far too much space available inside the box.
6' A disastrous pass from Diame can only find Kane, and the north London side immediately hit the hosts on a quick counter-attack. Lucas is then set up shoot, but Dummett is there to block the strike before it can test Dubravka.
4' The visitors try to push forward once again, but they're comfortably carved open on the break and Newcastle go close to testing Lloris. It's Joselu who breaks into the box and looks to shoot, but he loses his footing at the vital moment and Tottenham are able to deal with the danger.
2' Tottenham immediately go on the front foot and win themselves a free-kick deep down the right wing. Eriksen steps up and cuts a pass back to Davies, who shoots but has his effort easily blocked.
1' We're off! It's Tottenham who get us underway.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
It’s well publicised that Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in the month of August, despite, according to Opta, playing 13 games, 898 minutes and attempting 44 shots in total. Will he finally be able to bring an end to that frustrating record today?
As for Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino has decided to throw the likes of Lloris, Vertonghen, Dier, Alli and Kane straight into the starting 11 despite their World Cup exploits, although Kieran Trippier has joined the likes of Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela on the sidelines. Young duo Walker-Peters and Amos are both on the bench, with the latter doing particularly well during pre-season.
There’s no place in the Newcastle line-up for new signings Schar, Ki, Muto and Rondon, with all four only able to start on the substitutes’ bench. Instead of the latter, Benitez has decided to hand a starting spot to Joselu, who only managed to score four times last season, while Kenedy, on loan from Chelsea once again, features out wide.
Tottenham Hotspur substitutes: Michel Vorm, Kyle Walker-Peters, Toby Alderweireld, Luke Amos, Mousa Dembele, Son Heung-min, Fernando Llorente.
Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies; Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko; Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen; Harry Kane.
Newcastle United substitutes: Karl Darlow, Javi Manquillo, Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng, Christian Atsu, Yoshinori Muto, Salomon Rondon.
Newcastle United XI (4-4-1-1): Martin Dubravka; DeAndre Yedlin, Jamal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Kenedy; Ayoze Perez; Joselu.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
Newcastle have been beaten in their last two league meetings with Tottenham, failing to score in both of those games, but have lost just one of their eight home matches played in 2018. Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been beaten at St James Park during that time, but Spurs have an impressive away record themselves, having lost just one of their nine games on the road this year.
They may not have made any new signings but Tottenham certainly have a stable and well-balanced side, and tying star striker Harry Kane down to a new contract at the start of the summer was a huge boost for the club. Christian Eriksen, another on the radar of Europe’s top sides, is also still with Spurs, and both are set to feature from the start this afternoon.
If Newcastle’s transfer activity was underwhelming then Tottenham’s was totally nonexistent. The north Londoners became the first Premier League club to fail to make a single summer signing since the window was introduced in 2003, and it’s left some fans worried about whether or not they’ll be able to improve on last season’s third-place finish, especially with Liverpool looking so strong.
The arrival of Rondon on loan from West Bromwich Albion in the final stages of the transfer window was a major boost for Newcastle, and Benitez desperately needs his new signing to hit the ground running. They failed to score a single goal in their final three pre-season outings and face a daunting start to the campaign, with games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal quickly following today’s tough clash.
Once again it was a frustrating transfer window for Rafa Benitez, with limited funds leaving him unable to bring in as many bodies as he would have liked. It wasn’t all doom and gloom, with the likes of Yoshinori Muto, Ki Sung-yeung and Salomon Rondon moving to Newcastle, but it could end up being a long and difficult campaign for a Magpies side that flirted with the relegation zone towards the end of last season.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s Premier League game between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park.