Dele Alli and Ben Davies were on the scoresheet as Tottenham opened their Premier League campaign with a comfortable victory over 10-man Newcastle United.
Newly-promoted Newcastle were more than holding their own until captain Jonjo Shelvey was shown a straight red card for a senseless stamp on Alli at the start of the second half.
From there, Spurs took control and broke the deadlock on the hour-mark when Alli slid in from Christian Eriksen’s sublime cross. The Dane was the architect once again when he set up Davies as Spurs doubled their advantage minutes later.
Newcastle lost Paul Dummett and debutant Florian Lejeune to injury on a miserable return to the top flight, and it could have got worse when Harry Kane struck the post in the dying stages.
Rafa Benitez’s side will aim to bounce back when they visit Huddersfield next Sunday, while Tottenham host title rivals Chelsea on the same day.