Christian Atsu Cameos As Newcastle United Suffer Opening Day Defeat To Tottenham

Anthony Martial

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 visitors took an eighth-minute lead when Christian Eriksen's corner was headed toward goal by Davinson Sanchez, allowing Vertonghen head the ball over the line before Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal was able to claw the ball back.

Newcastle face Cardiff City in their next top-flight game.

"The World Cup was a great experience but it's all about Tottenham and the Premier League now".

Harry Kane was among those returning to action after a significantly truncated pre-season, and the England captain understandably lacked sharpness following his Golden-Boot-winning exploits.

Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yueng, Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon are all hoping to make their debuts but deadline day arrival Federico Fernandez won't be involved just yet. It sounds insane but we defended well with the ball.

The visitors needed just eight minutes to get their noses in front when, after Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had turned away an Eriksen shot, the Denmark global delivered the resulting corner for defender Davinson Sanchez to attack.

Mohamed Diame smashed the outside of the post in the second half after a wonderful piece of control, as Newcastle pushed to get back into the game.

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

Newcastle brought on Rondon with half an hour remaining, and he almost grabbed a point in the closing stages, seeing his effort deflect off Vertonghen and onto the bar. You know me. It's not because they were at the World Cup that they are going to play in the team.

To put his August curse into more perspective, Kane has had 46 shots in 14 games Premier League games in August, bit has failed to score in every single one.

And former Arsenal star Merson is backing both of the teams to share the spoils in an uninteresting goalless draw in the Premier League opener.

The Englishman prides himself on being a goal-scoring midfielder and is constantly under the spotlight to deliver, but is part of a Spurs side that have been pushing at the top end of the table in recent times.

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