Tottenham Hotspur post world record net profit of over R2.1 billion

Townsend doubtful to start against Spurs

Anyway, the first "proper" goal (with apologies to J'Neil Bennett) at Spurs' new £1billion, 62,000-capacity digs was eventually scored by Son Heung-Min in the 55th minute of the encounter.

Chairman Daniel Levy remains the Premier League's highest-paid chief executive, earning just over £3m in his position in north London.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson was impressed by the new surroundings but felt his team were not overawed and could have left with something if they had prevented Son scoring 10 minutes after the interval.

"The new stadium was built for Champions League football, not the Europa League, so they've got to get into that next year for sure".

Victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday kept the club on course for another top-four finish, a point ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal and three clear of United.

"It's just awesome, an unbelievable stadium and unbelievable crowd as well", he told broadcasters after the match.

"We knew the game was going to be hard and tough. The noise was just so loud", Son, whose 12th league goal of the season came in front of the stadium's steepling 17,500-seat single tier South Stand, told Sky Sports.

The Lilywhites will play a competitive fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time following a year of delays.

Player sales, reaching the Champions League knockout stage and nearly doubling their Wembley matchday revenue are cited as the main reasons for this huge profit margin.

Twenty-two months after they said goodbye to White Hart Lane, Spurs finally open the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and held the flawless housewarming party, with a nod to the farewell observance they paid to their former ground. They are a big threat on the counter away from home. "I can't believe it".

Before the match began, an opening ceremony prolonged kick-off with an array of fireworks helping to launch the stadium.

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