World Cup stars Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli lead tired Tottenham

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The home side gradually settled into the game after a whirlwind opening half-hour, but with Diame in particular guilty of repeatedly squandering the ball, they struggled to build momentum.

Only Dubravka's heroics prevented former Newcastle player Moussa Sissoko from adding to Tottenham's tally when he produced a fine save to keep out the Frenchman's close-range 56th-minute effort.

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.

It's easy to imagine the conversation Mauricio Pochettino might have had with Benitez as they shook hands on the touchline as it could be argued that both their respective clubs had a disappointing window.

But overall, it was an average performance from the former Newcastle midfielder, who is once again expected to go down the pecking order in the Tottenham squadron this season. The likes of Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Alli only returned to training on Monday, prompting questions if they would be fit enough to perform at their highest levels.

Spurs had nine players in Russian Federation until the final weekend and they only returned to training on Monday, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris having differing levels of fitness.

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Newcastle: Dubravka 7, Yedlin 7, Clark 7, Lascelles 6, Dummett 6, Diame 6, Shelvey 8, Ritchie 7, Perez 6, Kenedy 6, Joselu 6.

"I'm a happy man with goal-line technology definitely", he said. Eriksen's corner delivery is met by Sanchez who flicks it on to Vertonghen at the back post.

But five of them started the match, while Mousa Dembele came off the bench, and first-half goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli secured a 2-1 triumph on Tyneside. Newcastle's defence is carved open once more.

Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled their new, aquatic-coloured away kit that draws inspiration from their roots in the local area on the day they begin their 2018-19 Premier League campaign. The best came in the 85th minute when Salomon Rondon had a shot deflect off the crossbar.

Tottenham fans appear rather less dissatisfied, despite their club failing to make a single addition to Pochettino's squad since the end of last season. Harry Kane continues his August curse with no goals and a yellow card.

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