scored two late goals as came from behind to beat newly promoted Aston Villa.

John McGinn’s beautifully composed finish, after Tyrone Mings’ long ball forward caught out the Spurs defence, put Dean Smith’s side ahead.

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 runners-up.

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 .

Villa’s harsh reminder of life in the

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 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.

Spurs were a shadow of the team that beat and Ajax on the way to last season’s final and Villa had opportunities to extend their advantage.

New signing Trezeguet created space for an opening but could not finish while Grealish also had a chance, before 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 ’s Tanguy Ndombele each finding the net, this game was the first match to see both sides have a player score a debut goal since Burnley (Scott Arfield) v (Diego Costa) in August 2014.
  • Ndombele is the first player to score on his debut for since Eric Dier against in August 2014.
  • Kane has scored six goals in six appearances against Aston Villa.
  • Villa’s Jack Grealish has lost each of his last 19 games, the longest run of consecutive defeats suffered by a player in the history of the competition.
  • have won 37 games after finding themselves behind at half-time, more than any other side.
  • Villa are winless in their last 19 away games (D3 L16), losing their last eight in a row.

What’s next?

can expect a much sterner test next Saturday when they visit champions (17:30 BST) while Villa entertain Bournemouth (15:00) on the same day.

More to follow.

Line-ups

  • 1Lloris
  • 16Walker-Peters
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 3Rose
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forSkippat 90+2′minutes
  • 8WinksSubstituted forEriksenat 64′minutes
  • 17Sissoko
  • 11LamelaBooked at 87minsSubstituted forNkoudouat 88′minutes
  • 27
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 12Wanyama
  • 14Nkoudou
  • 15Dier
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 23Eriksen
  • 24Aurier
  • 29Skipp

Aston Villa

  • 1Heaton
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 22Engels
  • 40Mings
  • 3Taylor
  • 14HourihaneSubstituted forSoares de Pauloat 82′minutes
  • 17TrézéguetSubstituted forJotaat 59′minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 10Grealish
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 9WesleySubstituted forKodjiaat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Soares de Paulo
  • 8Lansbury
  • 12Steer
  • 15Konsa
  • 18Targett
  • 23Jota
  • 26Kodjia
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
60,407

Match Stats

Home TeamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home31
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home14
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 1.

Attempt blocked. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by .

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Douglas Luiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Hotspur. Oliver Skipp replaces Tanguy Ndombele.

Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 1. ( Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Attempt missed. ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Hotspur. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Erik Lamela.

Booking

Erik Lamela ( Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Hotspur 2, Aston Villa 1. ( Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela ( Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by .

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Foul by Danny Rose ( Hotspur).

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Douglas Luiz replaces Conor Hourihane.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld ( Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Rose with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

Attempt missed. Davinson Sánchez ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tanguy Ndombele.

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

Attempt saved. ( Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Danny Rose ( Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jota (Aston Villa).

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Wesley.

Goal!

Goal! Hotspur 1, Aston Villa 1. Tanguy Ndombele ( Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by following a corner.

Attempt saved. Davinson Sánchez ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Attempt blocked. ( Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker-Peters.

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela ( Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Rose.

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld ( Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross following a corner.

goal

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