Spurs begin season with entertaining win at Newcastle

Spurs begin season with entertaining win at Newcastle
By Reuters

11/08/2018 at 14:23Updated 11/08/2018 at 14:25

* Tottenham Hotspur opened campaign with 2-1 win at Newcastle

* Jan Vertonghen header opened the scoring for Spurs

* Joselu responded with equaliser three minutes later

* England midfielder Dele Alli restored lead with header

* Newcastle handed a debut to striker Salomon Rondon

* Newcastle face promoted Cardiff next, Spurs host Fulham


Aug 11 (Reuters) - Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli were on target as Tottenham Hotspur began their Premier League campaign with an entertaining 2-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.

All three goals came in a frantic opening 20 minutes on Tyneside with Vertonghen and Alli heading goals for the north London team, who finished third last season, either side of Joselu's equaliser.

The only surprise was that, after Alli's 18th-minute winner, there was no further score with both goalkeepers, Martin Dubravka and Hugo Lloris, forced to make a string of impressive saves.

Newcastle's Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon nearly enjoyed a dream debut after coming off the substitutes bench but his late effort was deflected on to the crossbar after a desperate block from Vertonghen.

(Reporting by Tom Hayward, editing by Ed Osmond)