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Men's Football Aston Villa nearly spoil Tottenham’s Premier League opening day party

A CLINICAL Harry Kane struck twice in the dying minutes of Tottenham’s season opener at White Hart Lane as the new season kicked off against newly promoted Aston Villa on Saturday. 

Spurs’ new signing Tanguy Ndombele marked his debut in the Premier League with the game’s equaliser. 

The match changed when Christian Eriksen came on in the second half to give Spurs the lift they needed. The Dane dictated the tempo and raised the level of the team with his influential creativity and drive forward. 

Spurs were slow out the blocks after Villa took an early lead through John McGinn, the Scotsman was alert to a ball over the top from Tyrone Mings and gave himself space to shoot low and hard into the bottom corner.

Mings was exceptional at the back despite the 3-1 defeat and his Premier League experience will put him in good stead for the season ahead. 

Mings said: “We’ve just played a team that got to the Champions League final and ultimately we won’t play teams like that every week. 

“We now know we can’t be defensively good for 80 minutes, we have to be right at it for 90-95 minutes. We need to learn quickly because it’s a relentless league. 

“Naturally we sat back and absorbed pressure, I thought we could have been a bit braver in terms of pushing up the pitch.”

Villa looked like a comfortable Premier League side but Spurs’ fitness levels proved vital in the latter stages of the game to secure the win.

Kane started the season how he would have hoped with two goals and said: “Everyone’s got high expectations this year and if we’d started with a loss it would have been a big downer. 

“Villa made it a tough game, going 1-0 up but second half we really put the pressure on.”

Kane was complementary about new teammate Ndombele, who arrived from French side Lyon, adding: “He’s a great player, uses his body well. Loves to play forward and get shots off. He’s a great addition.” 

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