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March 24, 2019
Spurs winger J’Neil Bennett scored the first-ever goal at Tottenham’s new stadium on Sunday. Tottenham took on Southampton in an Under-18 game in the first official test event at the 62,000-seater arena. Spurs’ first senior game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on April 3. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was interviewed on the field at halftime and said “We need to cry because our dream became true.”

LONDON (AP) — Spurs winger J’Neil Bennett scored the first-ever goal at Tottenham’s new stadium on Sunday.

Tottenham played Southampton in an Under-18 game in the first official test event at the 62,000-seater arena.

The opening of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, built on the site of the club’s White Hart Lane ground, had been repeatedly put back because of construction and safety delays.

Bennett neatly curled the ball low into the bottom corner from outside the area to give his side an 11th-minute lead. The match, which Tottenham won 3-1, took place 679 days after the final game at the old stadium.

The first senior game will see third-placed Spurs take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League on April 3.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was interviewed on the field at halftime.

“We all feel the same, so excited. 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 need to cry because our dream became true.”

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

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