John McGinn’s beautifully composed finish, after Tyrone Mings’ long ball forward caught out the Spurs defence, put Dean Smith’s side ahead.
Tottenham were sluggish for long periods before their new £53.8m club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele equalised from outside the penalty area moments after new Villa keeper Tom Heaton had denied Davinson Sanchez with a flying save.
With four minutes remaining, Kane’s emphatic finish from 10 yards put the hosts ahead before the England captain sealed the points from the edge of the penalty area.
Kane gets Spurs out of jail
Despite the scoreline, this was far from a straightforward victory for last season’s Champions League runners-up.
Tottenham were sluggish for long periods and were heading towards a surprise defeat before scoring three times in the final 17 minutes.
Despite failing to sign Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, Spurs have strengthened significantly this summer as they look to improve on last season’s fourth place.
But they started in similar fashion to their lacklustre form at the end of the 2018-19 season, when they won just one of their last five domestic games.
Pochettino was missing several important players because of injury and fitness, including Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, and new additions Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani lo Celso.
They lacked invention and sharpness before Ndombele equalised after Villa failed to clear their lines when Heaton had stuck out a big hand to keep out Sanchez.
Villa still looked good value for a point before Kane, who had never scored in August until last season, struck twice in the final four minutes.
He made it 2-1 after Jack Grealish, a Spurs transfer target 12 months ago, lost possession, and then wrapped it up with a clinical finish which left Villa crestfallen.
It was hardly vintage Spurs but at least they are up and running before next Saturday’s visit to champions Manchester City.
Villa’s harsh reminder of life in the Premier League
For long periods, Villa were good value to take at least a point back to the West Midlands.
Instead the team which finished fifth in the Championship table last season were handed a cruel reminder of the realities of Premier League football.
Villa have been away from the top flight for three years but they quickly made up for lost time by scoring with their first shot, McGinn keeping his cool to slot past Hugo Lloris after Moussa Sissoko and Danny Rose failed to get a challenge in on the Scotland midfielder.
New signing Trezeguet created space for an opening but could not finish while Grealish also had a chance, before Tottenham turned the game on its head in the closing stages.
Despite defeat, Smith will seize on the positives. His side played with freedom and a spirit which suggests they are capable of holding their own at this level.
A game for the debutants to remember – the stats
- With Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele each finding the net, this game was the first match to see both sides have a player score a Premier League debut goal since Burnley (Scott Arfield) v Chelsea (Diego Costa) in August 2014.
- Ndombele is the first player to score on his Premier League debut for Tottenham since Eric Dier against West Ham in August 2014.
- Kane has scored six goals in six Premier League appearances against Aston Villa.
- Villa’s Jack Grealish has lost each of his last 19 Premier League games, the longest run of consecutive defeats suffered by a player in the history of the competition.
- Tottenham have won 37 Premier League games after finding themselves behind at half-time, more than any other side.
- Villa are winless in their last 19 Premier League away games (D3 L16), losing their last eight in a row.
More to follow.
- 6D Sánchez
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forSkippat 90+2′minutes
- 8WinksSubstituted forEriksenat 64′minutes
- 11LamelaBooked at 87minsSubstituted forNkoudouat 88′minutes
- 27Lucas Moura
- 27El Mohamady
- 14HourihaneSubstituted forSoares de Pauloat 82′minutes
- 17TrézéguetSubstituted forJotaat 59′minutes
- 21El Ghazi
- 9WesleySubstituted forKodjiaat 74′minutes
- 6Soares de Paulo
- Chris Kavanagh
- Shots on Target
Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Douglas Luiz.
Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jack Grealish.
John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Douglas Luiz replaces Conor Hourihane.
Foul by Jota (Aston Villa).
Substitution, Aston Villa. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Wesley.