Bennett scores 1st-ever goal at new Tottenham stadium

Bennett scores 1st-ever goal at new Tottenham stadium

Actually hosting a match at the stadium will be a big boost for Spurs given the delays the project has had to endure. Five key things to know...

Food outlets and bars will remain open for up to two hours after them final whistle to help ease the rapid flow of spectators after matches.

Sunday's match was the first of two test events required in order to receive relevant safety certificates from Haringey council, with the second of these coming when a "legends" team plays Inter Milan on Saturday.

The first of those took place on Sunday, with an arena which has cost over £1 billion to complete playing host to an U18 clash between Spurs and Southampton.

It was then pencilled in for January or February but was postponed further, and the club has since provisionally confirmed Palace as their first opponents.

Spurs' J'Neil Bennett wrote his name into the history books by scoring the first ever goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a wonderful curling strike from the edge of the box that flew into the bottom corner.

Pochettino made a guest appearance during half time of the inaugural match and the Argentine spoke in awe of his new home.

"We all now need to feel the ambition of the club at every level. I got the same feeling when we left White Hart Lane on the last day, we were crying and now in the first day in the new stadium we feel the same emotion", Pochettino said. We are almost crying.

"It's going to be awesome and a massive impact for the team, for the players and the club to have the possibility to finish this season [at the stadium]", added Pochettino.

"It's our new house and when we start to feel that it's our home it's going to be magic".

"We're going to have one of the most handsome stadiums in the world, and that's great, but we have to accompany that progression: I think it will be very hard to take a step up without recruiting", the Frenchman said. "I really believe that the future of the club is going to be fantastic".

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At present the club are third in the Premier League table but only three points above fifth-placed Manchester United, and they have some ominous fixtures fast approaching.

After the global break Spurs travel to Liverpool before facing two home fixtures against Crystal Palace - the first at the new stadium - and Huddersfield.

The week after the Palace game, Tottenham will play Manchester City at home in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.

"It's so exciting", Pochettino told Spurs TV on the pitch at half-time.

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