But the game was to take a nasty twist for Newcastle within minutes of the restart when, after referee Andre Marriner had blown for a foul by Alli, Shelvey appeared to stand on the prone player#8217;s ankle as he walked by, prompting the official to show a straight red card.
However, there was nothing the Republic of Ireland international could do to keep his side level nine minutes later when Eriksen picked out Alli#8217;s run into the box and the England midfielder guided the ball home.
Skipper Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for standing on Dele Alli as Newcastle#8217;s return to the Premier League was ruined by Tottenham.
His impending suspension and injuries to defenders Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune made it a bad afternoon for manager Rafael Benitez and watching owner Mike Ashley.
Benitez had admitted in the run-up to the game that his players would have to battle for their lives throughout the entire campaign, and they did just that before Shelvey#8217;s premature exit.