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Alli the hero as Spurs beat Newcastle

11 Aug 2018
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

Midfielder makes swift return from World Cup duty to score decisive goal in 2-1 win at St James Park

Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli handed Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United.

Spurs took the lead on eight minutes when Vertonghen headed in, with the Goal Decision System showing the ball crossed the line by just nine millimetres.

Joselu drew Newcastle level just two minutes and 36 seconds later when he headed in Matt Ritchie's cross.

Yet Spurs restored their lead on 18 minutes when Serge Aurier picked out Alli, who has just come back to training from 2018 FIFA World Cup duty, to nod in at the back post.

Mohamed Diame and substitute Salomon Rondon struck the woodwork in the second half as Newcastle sought an equaliser in vain.

See: Newcastle report | Spurs report

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