By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United 2 (Ba 55, Ben Arfa pen 80)
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Defoe 76)
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+3mins: Martin Atkinson's whistle blows and Newcastle have got the season off to a winning start! Spurs were on top in the first half but Newcastle were much better in the second period, taking the lead through Demba Ba's glorious strike and then, after Jermaine Defoe levelled, regaining the lead through Hatem Ben Arfa who won and scored a penalty.
90mins: There will be three minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game.
84mins: The Magpies look bright now and as Ba skips into the right-hand side of the box and crosses for Cisse, who controls on his chest but is then beaten to the ball by a defender, Gutierrez sends the ball back towards goal with a powerful shot from 25 yards which Friedel does well to tip over.
80mins: NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-1): After Tiote saw a shot deflected wide by Sandro, Ben Arfa eventually took the corner after the Brazilian midfielder receives treatment. It was played short to Tiote and then given back to Ben Arfa, who surged into the box and went down under Gallas' challenge. Ben Arfa won the penalty and it's he who takes it - and he sends Friedel the wrong way with a superbly-taken spot-kick. Parity lasted just four minutes for Spurs and the Magpies are back in front.
76mins - TOTTENHAM GOAL (1-1): A good few days gets better for Jermaine Defoe as he levels for Spurs. Aaron Lennon was given space on the left to control as pass from Bale and send a deep cross towards the Spurs striker, whose initial header was kept out at point-blank range by Krul - but Defoe is a proven poacher and is on hand to prod home from five yards out.
72mins: Defoe gets a shot away from nothing and forces Krul to make a fine block. Steven Taylor is behind the keeper and, as the loose ball spins across the turf, heads the ball back to Krul from virtually ground level to prevent a corner.
71mins: Alan Pardew makes his first change - perhaps as a direct reaction to Spurs' introduction of Van der Vaart - as Vurnon Anita comes on for his Magpies debut in place of Yohan Cabaye, who has barely played in pre-season and has done well to get through 70 minutes.
68mins: Spurs look short on ideas at the moment and so Andre Villas-Boas looks to address that by bringing on Rafael van der Vaart for Sigurdsson - the first substitution for either manager.
61mins: Benoit Assou-Ekotto lets fly from 25 yards out and his effort swerves through the air, meaning Krul can only beat it away, but he gets strong wrists behind it so that the loose ball drops well away from goal and the Magpies clear their lines.
58mins: Sigurdsson tries to reply for the visitors with a long range strike of his own but his effort doesn't have enough bend on it and goes behind for a goal kick.
55mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-0): After a quiet start to the second half in terms of real action, the Magpies take the lead through Demba Ba. Simpson sends over a high cross which causes Spurs some problems and Ba is able to bring the ball down, turn back on himself and send a glorious 18-yard strike past Friedel, who is at full stretch but can't get anywhere near it. That's a great goal and it has arrived at a perfect time for Alan Pardew's side.
46mins: There are no changes for either side at the break as Tottenham get the second period underway, attacking towards the Leazes end in this half. Today's attendance, meanwhile, is given as 52,385.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+2mins: It's half-time and it's goalless, but that doesn't tell the full story of the match. Both sides have had chances - Newcastle's best came when Cisse deflected a Ba shot just wide with Brad Friedel beaten, while Spurs hit the inside of the Gallowgate post through Jermaine Defoe - but this game remains totally in the balance.
45+1mins: Tiote spreads play to Simpson on the right; the full-back crosses well and Ba rises to meet it, only to see his header diverted behind by a challenging defender. Cabaye's resulting corner is cleared.
45mins: There will be two minutes of stoppage time at the end of what has been a rather entertaining first period.
40mins: Newcastle are asking questions here but Spurs are a real threat on the break and as Lennon races upfield and feeds Sigurdsson, who in turn plays in Defoe, another opportunity opens up for the visitors. However, the striker's shot is poor and flies way over the bar on this occasion.
36mins: Steven Taylor makes a vital headed clearance off the line to keep Tottenham out. Aaron Lennon scampered down the right, past Santon, and dug out a lovely cross for Bale at the far post and the Welshman sent the ball back across Krul and seemingly heading for the net - until Taylor jumped high in the air to get an all-important block just before it went over the line. Great defending from the centre-back.
32mins: Jermaine Defoe, fresh from scoring for England in midweek, so very nearly gives Spurs the lead. He latches onto Sigurdsson's pass and cuts into the box before getting a shot away in trademark style, only to see it hit the inside of the post and rebound out to Davide Santon, rather than the posse of blue shirts loitering with intent. Santon hacks the ball away and Newcastle escape but that was almost the opener.
29mins: Now Sigurdsson drags an effort wide after the otherwise faultless Tiote had given the ball away and been dragged out of position as he attempted to retrieve possession. The Spurs man's strike was always going off target, though, and Krul just watched it bobble the other side of his near post.
26mins: Bale runs at Simpson and draws another foul, and the resulting free-kick, taken by Sigurdsson, almost creeps in but Krul does well to turn it around the post. It's still 0-0 but it's been a very watchable game.
22mins: Ben Arfa is involved again as he skips past Livermore and feeds Demba Ba, who goes for goal from 20 yards. His shot isn't the best and looks like it's going wide - but hits Papiss Cisse to totally wrongfoot Brad Friedel. The crowd holds its breath as the ball trickles goalwards... but it rolls agonisingly the wrong side of the post.
19mins: Now Sandro is booked for a trip on Ben Arfa in almost an identical position to the one where Livermore committed his offence two minutes earlier. That means both of Spurs' holding midfielders are on yellow cards - and Ben Arfa is beginning to look like he's in the mood to exploit that.
17mins: Spurs' Jake Livermore becomes the second player to see yellow from Martin Atkinson. Hatem Ben Arfa - who is growing into this game after a slow start - tried to go past him near the halfway line and the recently-capped England international brought him down.
14mins: Danny Simpson is the first player booked for a late tackle on Gareth Bale, who lured the right-back in and then skipped away to draw the foul on the left wing. Sigurdsson's free-kick is overhit, however, and sails out of play for a goal kick.
8mins: Tim Krul makes a brave block to deny Gylfi Sigurdsson after a swift Spurs break, but the flag was up for offside against the midfielder. Krul didn't know that, though, and raced from his goal to throw himself at the ex-Swansea man's feet after Sandro's wild shot had fallen kindly for him.
5mins: New boy Vurnon Anita, who has started on the bench, jogs down the touchline for the first time and is given a great reception by the Leazes end supporters. Almost everybody inside the ground seems to be wearing a replica shirt today - it really is a sea of black and white in the stands.
3mins: Cheick Tiote sets his stall out with a thumping tackle on Kyle Walker - it was some challenge and went down well with the fans, who were already very much up for this opening game of the campaign.
1min: Under a bright blue sky, the players enter the arena to a wonderful atmosphere from a Newcastle crowd who haven't seen their heroes play on home soil since May. The Magpies are in black and white with the visitors in a dark blue change shirt with white shorts and there's been a late change to the United bench - Shola Ameobi was injured in the warm-up so is replaced in the squad by Romain Amalfitano. Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba take kick-off - and we're underway.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, William Gallas (c), Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Jake Livermore, Sandro; Aaron Lennin, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Rafael van der Vaart 68); Gareth Bale; Jermaine Defoe
Subs not used: Carlo Cudicini, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Naughton, Jermaine Jenas, Andros Townsend, Harry Kane
Referee: Martin Atkinson