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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Newcastle United

Harry Kane celebrates goal
Kane's goal was his 28th in the Premier League this season

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris said qualifying for the Champions League next season "means more than a trophy" after Spurs beat Newcastle at Wembley to confirm their top-four place.

Harry Kane scored the game's only goal to take his side third with one game remaining, four points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, who could only draw with Huddersfield.

Spurs will finish the campaign without silverware but the win means they qualify for the Champions League for a third successive season.

It also guarantees they will finish the season as London's top club for the first time since 1995, despite playing their home games at Wembley while their White Hart Lane home is redeveloped.

"We can be proud of our season," goalkeeper Lloris said.

"It has been tough. We felt we have played 37 games away from home. You can say whatever you want but Wembley is not our stadium.

"To finish above Arsenal and Chelsea means a lot. Maybe from the outside no-one expected us to be in the top four again this season. We showed character and we showed we are strong as a team.

"It means more than a trophy to be honest. We can be proud of our season."

Mauricio Pochettino's side disappointed for much of the game against Newcastle but Kane beautifully guided a shot into the top corner from the edge of the box in the 50th minute.

Newcastle had created the better openings in the first half with Jonjo Shelvey hitting the post from a free-kick and Jamaal Lascelles' header forcing a good save from Lloris.

The home fans had become increasingly frustrated before Kane's goal as Spurs continued the lacklustre form of recent weeks which had put their Champions League qualification in jeopardy.

Newcastle continued to impress after going behind and Jacob Murphy should have equalised but he smashed his shot from inside the area over the bar moments after coming off the bench.

Kane helps Spurs limp over the line

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Pochettino proud as Spurs reach Champions League

Spurs had taken only four points from their previous four league games and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United last month.

That form meant that, even with Spurs' win, the race for the top four would have gone to the final day were it not for Chelsea surprisingly dropping points at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino's side missed half-chances and misplaced passes throughout and their only real moment of quality was Kane's goal.

The home fans' nervousness regarding their league position was clear with the groans in the first half and they also cheered loudly when the result at Stamford Bridge became clear.

"The pressure was for us and maybe it was not a great game," Pochettino said. "But to finish in the top four and maybe top three, we have to be realistic and be thankful to the players for their achievement.

"It is a massive achievement to qualify again.

"Next season it will be fantastic for Tottenham to be playing in a new stadium and in the Champions League."

Kane himself had been wasteful, skewing a left-footed volley wide early in the first half and completely missing his kick when trying to convert when through on goal with the ball dropping over his shoulder.

With the World Cup just over a month away, the England striker has looked below par in recent weeks but has still scored four goals in his past six league games.

Pochettino admitted Kane was not at his best but said he will be in "perfect condition" at the World Cup.

The Englishman's goal does mean Spurs still have an outside chance of finishing second this season, if Manchester United lose their two remaining games.

Newcastle prove they are not on the beach

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Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle: We deserved more - Benitez

Newcastle have now lost four consecutive games since passing the 40-point mark by beating Arsenal in mid-April but this performance was not one of a team who were already thinking of the end of the season.

They defended well for the most part, with Spurs limited to just a handful of chances, and attacked with intensity.

Shelvey was unfortunate with his free-kick and Lascelles came close with his header while strikers Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle both had difficult chances in the first half.

Kane's clinical finish showed a top-class striker is the biggest difference between the two sides and will only add to Benitez's claims pre-match that the club need to break their transfer record to sign one in the summer.

Winger Murphy's opportunity was the clearest in the second half and manager Rafael Benitez said his side deserved more from their first visit to Wembley for 18 years.

"We put them under pressure," the Spaniard added.

"We were unlucky but it was a great performance. We wanted to do well. It has been a good season for us and we want to finish on a high.

"These games that we have lost we were not worse than the other teams. It has been the same throughout the season. The games are close. Today was another example."

Man of the match - Mohamed Diame (Newcastle)

Mohamed Diame
Mohamed Diame played a key role in keeping Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen quiet and was unfortunate to be on the losing side

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  • Spurs have won their past 18 home Premier League games against promoted sides since a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City in April 2012.
  • Newcastle United have now lost four consecutive Premier League games on three different occasions this season.
  • Since losing their opening Premier League home game at Wembley this season, Spurs have lost just one in the past 17 (W12 D4).
  • This was Spurs' first league double over Newcastle since 2004-05.
  • After failing to score in his first four Premier League games at Wembley, Harry Kane has since netted 13 in his past 14 appearances.
  • Son Heung-Min has been directly involved in more home goals in all competitions for Spurs this season than any other player (14 goals, 9 assists).
  • Since winning 3-1 and 4-3 at Arsenal and Leeds United respectively in the space of four days in December 2001, Newcastle have won one of their 51 away Premier League matches against sides starting the day in the top four (D8 L42), a 1-0 win at Arsenal in November 2010.

What's next?

Tottenham host Leicester on the final day while Newcastle are also home against Chelsea (both 15:00 BST kick-offs).

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2TrippierSubstituted forAlderweireldat 83'minutes
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 17Sissoko
  • 12WanyamaSubstituted forRoseat 88'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 20AlliBooked at 57mins
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLamelaat 77'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 18Llorente
  • 21Foyth
  • 27Rodrigues Moura da Silva

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 22YedlinBooked at 90mins
  • 6Lascelles
  • 20Lejeune
  • 3Dummett
  • 10DiaméBooked at 80mins
  • 8Shelvey
  • 11RitchieBooked at 73mins
  • 17Pérez Gutiérrez
  • 15KenedySubstituted forMurphyat 71'minutes
  • 9GayleSubstituted forJoseluat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Murphy
  • 14Hayden
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Joselu
  • 23Merino
  • 25Haidara
  • 26Darlow
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
54,923

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 0.

Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey following a set piece situation.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Booking

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Joselu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose replaces Victor Wanyama because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Joselu (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Toby Alderweireld replaces Kieran Trippier because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Booking

Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Son Heung-Min.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Joselu replaces Dwight Gayle.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Florian Lejeune.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Kenedy.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City373142105277897
2Man Utd36245767283977
3Tottenham37228769323774
4Liverpool372012580384272
5Chelsea37217962352770
6Arsenal371861373512260
7Burnley371412113537-254
8Everton371310144355-1249
9Leicester371211145255-347
10Newcastle37118183647-1141
11Crystal Palace371011164355-1241
12Bournemouth371011164360-1741
13Watford37118184463-1941
14Brighton37913153450-1640
15West Ham36911164567-2238
16Huddersfield37910182857-2937
17Southampton37715153755-1836
18Swansea3789202754-2733
19West Brom37613183154-2331
20Stoke37612193367-3430
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