Premier League

August 18, 2012

Full-time

Newcastle

2 - 1

Tottenham

Premier League

16:30 +00:00, August 18, 2012

St James' Park

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    Tottenham, though, will feel hard done-by. Their lack of a top striker was clear and Modric was missed, but there were encouraging signs there for Villas-Boas.

  • 90'

    FULL-TIME: Newcastle 2-1 Toottenham - Alan Pardew takes the spoils on the opening day, as goals from Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa help the Magpies to a win.

  • 90'

    Van der Vaart crosses well and there are two players over at the back post, but Krul bravely punches clear.

  • 90'

    Kyle Walker wins a dangerous free-kick on the right-flank. A chance to send in a cross.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added-time...

  • 89'

    Anita, Tiote and Jonas keeping the ball well in midfield. Tottenham need to wrestle the ball back.

  • 88'

    Bale now strikes a long crossfield ball into the crowd on the far side.

  • 87'

    Defoe now shoots wildly into the crowd. Doesn't look like it will be Spurs' day at this point.

  • 86'

    Harry Kane replaces Sandro

  • 85'

    Obertan replaces Demba Ba

  • 84'

    Lovely cross from Demba Ba finds Cisse who chests down. Gallas clears as far as Jonas whose powerful effort is saved by Friedel.

  • 83'

    The free-kick into the box comes to nothing as Newcastle clear well.

  • 82'

    Simpson slides in on Lennon and concedes another free-kick. He is on a tightrope now.

  • 81'

    Kyle Walker looks to create an immediate opportunity for Tottenham, but outruns himself, crossing into the crowd behind the goal.

  • 80'

    GOAL Newcastle 2-1 Tottenham Ben Arfa from the spot!!! - Tucked calmly into the bottom right-hand corner.

  • 79'

    PENALTY - Hatem Ben Arfa has Van der Vaart and Lennon beaten all ends up and squeezes between them. Definite penalty.

  • 78'

    A break in play as Sandro receives treatment. He was caught as Tiote shot at goal.

  • 77'

    Tiote showing a rare glimpse of his attacking talents. A lovely drag-back to fool Livermore before firing just wide.

  • 75'

    GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham Defoe pokes home!!! A back-post cross is deflected off Santon, Krul keeps the ball out but Defoe is on hand to prod home.

  • 74'

    Jonas once more does a fine job for his side in defence, sweeping up around the back post after a corner from the right.

  • 73'

    Anita looks to demonstrate his passing ability with a long, raking ball for Papiss Cisse. Slightly overhit.

  • 72'

    Anita replaces Cabaye

  • 71'

    Fine save! Defoe is slid through by Walker and his low shot is powerfully struck, but Krul gets down well to block.

  • 70'

    Lennon is busy, but twice he cannot find an end product. First, Simpson robs the ball off him in the corner, before the winger crosses behind for a goal-kick.

  • 69'

    Van der Vaart immediately looks to take control and finds Assou-Ekotto beautifully. The full-back's cross cannot find its destination.

  • 68'

    Sigurdsson off for Van der Vaart

  • 67'

    Sandro looks to slide in Sigurdsson in the right-hand channel, Perch shepherds the ball out.

  • 66'

    Van der Vaart being readied. Who will make way? Logic says Sigurdsson, but will Villas-Boas risk both.

  • 65'

    Newcastle happy just to keep the ball. They have the lead and are content with that.

  • 64'

    Tiote has been much better since half-time. He has started to make his presence felt in that midfield area.

  • 62'

    Tottenham have done well for the last few minutes, but they need to start creating opportunities. AVB looks pensive.

  • 61'

    Assou-Ekotto, though, can get a shot away from 35 yards. Saved comfortably by Friedel.

  • 60'

    Instantly Spurs press forward and the ball looks to run for them on a couple of occasions, but they just cannot get shots away.

  • 59'

    How can Spurs respond? Van der Vaart is warming up, but is he the answer?

  • 58'

    Alan Pardew is sent from the touchline after pushing the assistant referee. He will spend the rest of the game in the stand.

  • 57'

    Sigurdsson looks to curl a shot into the far corner. Not far wide, but he doesn't look impressed.

  • 56'

    Cabaye is warned after another foul. Kaboul blasts the free-kick into the wall.

  • 55'

    That was sumptuous from the Senegalese striker. He was linked away in the summer, but he has shown loyalty to Newcastle and started the season with a fine goal.

  • 54'

    GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Tottenham Ba scores a screamer!!! That is beautiful, Walker doesn't deal well with a cross and Ba brings down the ball and bends the ball into the corner.

  • 53'

    Newcastle playing the ball around well now. Tiote and Cabaye dropping deep.

  • 52'

    Gareth Bale has Newcastle's defence in all sorts of danger and beats two players for fun, but can't dig out a right-footed cross in time. Goal kick.

  • 50'

    Ben Arfa goes on a surging run and almost goes round Assou-Ekotto with ease. The full-back just about stands up to the test.

  • 49'

    Sloppy from Bale. Sigurdsson and Lennon were waiting for a ball on the left flank, but the Welshman's scooped pass is mishit.

  • 48'

    Almost danger at the other end though. Aaron Lennon bursts past a couple of tentative tackles and squares across goal for Defoe, but Perch just gets in to clear.

  • 47'

    Positive start for Newcastle, getting the ball in and around the area. No real chance, but there is an urgency there.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF at Sports Direct Arena...

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    Kevin Keegan on ESPN TV suggests we may see Vurnon Anita early in the second half. They could do with an extra presence in midfield.

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    Andre Villas-Boas will be very content so far. Tottenham have hit the woodwork twice and they are keeping the ball well. Newcastle need to change things up.

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    Not the best 45 minutes we will see this season, but pleasantly enjoyable. Some interesting battles on the pitch as both teams look to open the season with a win.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

  • 45'

    Cabaye booked for denying Bale the chance to counter

  • 45'

    That's better. Simpson crosses from the right and Demba Ba rises, but is beaten in the air by Gallas. Corner.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added-time in the first-half...

  • 44'

    A lot of work to do at the break for Alan Pardew, I would venture. They need a way of integrating their strikers.

  • 43'

    The movement of Tottenham's attacking unit, though, has been a threat. Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale and Defoe swapping and changing.

  • 42'

    Tottenham's high-pressure forcing Newcastle back, but neither side really could claim to be on top.

  • 41'

    Ben Arfa does so much right, but that is really poor. A simple pass to release Jonas is played into touch.

  • 39'

    Remember Defoe's goal against Italy? Well, he has tried it again as a Tottenham counter came to an end. This time the ball flies well over the bar.

  • 38'

    A let-off for Newcastle as this game looks to fully kick into gear.

  • 36'

    Off the bar! Lennon turns Santon inside out and Bale heads back across goal onto the crossbar.

  • 35'

    Jermain Defoe runs into a blind alley down the right and James Purch comes across to rob the ball.

  • 34'

    Tottenham look to do exactly that and they are playing the ball around at the back.

  • 33'

    Scrappy in midfield now. Both sides need to settle back down and regain their composure.

  • 32'

    Defoe denied by the post. Running towards goal, he squares up Steven Taylor and pulls a shot against the post.

  • 31'

    Not coming there, though. Cheik Tiote smashes a shot from 30 yards well over the bar.

  • 30'

    The game has slowed down a bit now, but you get the feeling that the first goal may be coming.

  • 29'

    Sigurdsson has acres of space 30 yards out and lines up a strike, but his shot is poor. Scuffed wide of the near post.

  • 27'

    Simpson hobbling a bit, but he will be ok. Going to be a tough game for him up against Bale.

  • 26'

    From the resulting free-kick, Krul gets down low to save from Sigurdsson.

  • 25'

    Simpson brings down Bale and he is a lucky man. He would have been booked there had he not already been on a card.

  • 23'

    Ben Arfa now penalised for a pull-back on Sigurdsson. Tottenham's frustration increases.

  • 22'

    Cabaye brings down Lennon and AVB wants a yellow card. He has a point, considering the bookings picked up by his side.

  • 21'

    So close! Demba Ba's shot is poked in the opposite direction by Papiss Cisse and the ball creeps inches wide of the post.

  • 20'

    Newcastle starting to get Cabaye and Ben Arfa into the game and look better for it.

  • 19'

    Sandro for another trip on Hatem Ben-Arfa.

  • 18'

    The ball drops for Gareth Bale on the volley 25 yards out, blocked by Steven Taylor.

  • 17'

    Livermore for a trip on the advancing Ben Arfa

  • 16'

    Tottenham very comfortable thus far. A very impressive start for the North Londoners.

  • 15'

    We might be seeing Vurnon Anita, with Tiote struggling. He instructs the bench to wait though. A warrior...

  • 14'

    Simpson booked for flattening Bale.

  • 13'

    Assou-Ekotto is very casual in diffence. Cisse is penalised for shoving him over, but the Cameroonian needs to be more alert.

  • 12'

    Jonas once more does a good job on Kyle Walker. The full-back looks to whip in a cross, but the Argentine is there to block and win a goal-kick.

  • 11'

    Spurs also pressing very high, they are making it difficult for Newcastle to play out. Cisse and Ba not seeing the ball thus far.

  • 10'

    Tottenham looking to play out of defence. Livermore dropping deep and the centre-backs splitting.

  • 9'

    Jonas is working very hard for Newcastle already. He has the important role of harnessing Kyle Walker this afternoon.

  • 8'

    Brilliant pass from Sandro and Sigurdsson is in, but Krul smothers well. Offside given, but he was well onside.

  • 7'

    Cabaye swings in a free-kick from the left, headed well clear by Gallas.

  • 6'

    Cautious start from both teams then, easing their way into the season.

  • 5'

    Worrying moment for Newcastle. Tim Krul takes a heavy touch and is almost robbed by Jermain Defoe. That's a big escape for the Dutchman.

  • 4'

    It was a fine tackle and clean, however, Tiote looks to have done himself some damage. He receives treatment on the sidelines.

  • 3'

    Tiote with his first crunching tackle of the season, blocking Kyle Walker's attempted clearance.

  • 2'

    A second corner comes in from the right but Lennon cannot control and the ball flies behind for a goal-kick.

  • 1'

    Kyle Walker runs at Davide Santon on the right flank, but the Italian stands up well.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF in Newcastle...

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    Reminder, for those of you in the United Kingdom, this game is live on ESPN TV.

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    Here come the teams onto the hallowed turf, led out by captains William Gallas and Jonas.

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    Shola Ameobi has had to pull-out during the warm-up and Sylvain Marveaux has been called onto the bench. However, they couldn't find him so Romain Amalfitano is included.

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    No Vertonghen for Tottenham today, he will start from the bench. Vurnon Anita should make a sub appearance for Newcastle too.

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    Newcastle and Tottenham kick off the 2012-13 Premier League season with much to prove. Can Newcastle repeat last season's heroics? How good can AVB's Tottenham be?

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    Spurs team to face Newcastle: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Sandro, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale, Defoe.

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    Newcastle team v Spurs: Krul, Simpson, Perch, Taylor, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye, Jonas, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

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    ESPN pundit and former Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan tips his old side to edge Tottenham in his first column of 2012-13.

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    Andre Villas-Boas has replaced Harry Redknapp in the White Hart Lane hotseat.

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    Both clubs were agonisingly close to qualifying for the Champions League last season but while Newcastle have kept their squad intact, it's been all change at Spurs with a new manager and new faces.

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    It's back. Join us at 1730 BST for our first live Premier League game of the season as Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur.