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Tottenham were the club with the most players to reach the semi-finals at this year's competition with nine, featuring as many as six of them in today's win.

Tottenham Hotspur were too good for Newcastle United yesterday. After coming on for Joselu in the 59th minute, Salomon Rondon was full of energy and attracted the attention of Tottenham's defenders. Tottenham started brightly and took the lead when goal-line technology ruled that Vertonghen's header had just crossed the line, only for Newcastle to draw level nearly immediately. Rafa Benitez will make them hard to beat. He managed only four goals in all of last 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. And, oh yeah, Harry Kane still hasn't scored in August.

Atsu did not have the same impact that Ritchie had for Newcastle on the wing, but Muto was playing with the urgency that Perez lacked. Goal-line technology is required for this one.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was proud of his Tottenham stars as they put on a united front to start their Premier League season with a 2-1 win at Newcastle. It's a delightful deep cross from Aurier, he sets it up on a plate for Alli who couldn't miss.

Until that point Spurs were quite in control and had the upper hand on the scoreboard thanks to Jan Vertonghen's close-range effort.

DF Davinson Sanchez, 7 - A lapse of concentration allowed Joselu a free header for Newcastle to equalise but, that apart, the Colombian global was solid and always quick to spot danger. Davies' cross comes at a fair pace to Sissoko but the former Newcastle midfielder makes a sweet connection on his volley and is denied by Dubravka who makes a top reaction stop. He does everything right but is missing that bit of luck needed to score.

It was no surprise that he started against Tottenham, as he is a crucial first-team player for Newcastle and he proved that he has the quality to influence games in the Premier League.

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.

The novelty of Kane's run without a goal in the Premier League season's opening month stretching to 14 matches will not concern Pochettino greatly.

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