Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
English Premier League—Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur
FINAL SCORE: Crystal Palace 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1
50'—GOAL: Roberto Soldado, pen (TOT)
57'—SUB: Capoue for Dembele (TOT)
66'—SUB: Chamakh for Garvan (CRY)
66'—SUB: Williams for Dobbie (CRY)
66'—SUB: Philips for Wilbraham (CRY)
83'—SUB: Defoe for Soldado (TOT)
86'—SUB: Kaboul for Rose (TOT)
Debutant Roberto Soldado's second-half penalty was enough to get Tottenham Hotspur off to a winning start in the 2013-14 Premier League season against a spirited Crystal Palace side. The statistics will show that Tottenham dominated possession (over 60 percent), but they created few goal-scoring opportunities on the day and were perhaps somewhat lucky to walk away with the three points after a frantic final minutes saw goalkeeper Hugo Lloris make several huge saves at the back.
Still, a win is a win for Tottenham Hotspur, who won't miss traveling to Selhurst Park again this year—a trip that could well cause many teams to stumble this season.
Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Garvan (Chamakh-66'), Dobbie (Williams-66'), Gayle, Wilbraham (Phillips-66').
Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose (Kaboul-'86), Lennon, Dembele (Capoue-57'), Chadli, Sigurdsson, Paulinho, Soldado (Defoe-83').
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Absolutely fantastic game of football from Selhurst Park today, with plenty of key takeaways for both teams. I'll provide some quick wrap-up above, but make sure you keep it on Bleacher Report for full post-match reaction, analysis and more!
FULL TIME!!! TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR WIN 1-0!!
90'+2—TOTTENHAM CLEAR FROM DEFENSE
Final attack for Palace, perhaps? Tottenham very deep inside their own half, just trying to hold on. One minute remaining. Vertonghen looking in agony out there.
90'—AMAZING SAVE/S FROM HUGO LLORIS!!!
Chamakh crosses from the left to Philips, who heads it down to Dikgacoi. He drills it from the six yard box and somehow, Lloris manages to keep him at bay and then again with the second effort save. Fantastic work from the France international, who may have just won the game for his team.
Palace throwing everything at Tottenham now.
Spurs playing a very deep 7-2-1 as they try to hold on.
87'—HUGE CHANCE FOR DEFOE, BUT HE MISSES
Well, that would have done it for Tottenham!!!
Fantastic run from Defoe from the left, beats a couple of defenders and finds himself one-on-one with Speroni but his shot is inexplicably wide to the left.
Defoe doesn't miss those normally—hopefully it won't matter too much here.
Five minutes remaining for Spurs, who still lead 1-0.
86'—CHANCE SIGURDSSON, BLOCKED BY PALACE
Lovely build-up play from Chadli to find Sigurdsson, but it's blocked by a desperate Palace defense. Tottenham will stay on the attack, though.
86'—SUBSTITUTION TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR.
ON Kaboul, OFF Rose.
Vertonghen will most likely move to LB and Kaboul to CB.
Great to see him back in the Premier League.
84'—CORNER PALACE, SAVE LLORIS
Lloris makes an excellent save after a Chamakh corner, and Spurs quickly break down the field through Defoe. Fantastic work from the keeper; that was a much tougher save than he made it look.
82'—KEVIN PHILIPS SHOOTS, BUT WIDE TO THE LEFT
Chance for Philips on the counterattack after a wonderful tackle in the middle of the field, but his chance is always leading wide to the left. Bad miss from the veteran.
82'—SUBSTITUTION: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
ON Jermain Defoe, OFF Roberto Soldado
79'—TURNOVER TOTTENHAM, CHALDI SHOOTS WIDE
Chamakh looking to direct play in the middle, but his pass is well-cleared by Capoue. His pass finds Soldado who quickly breaks up the middle and links with Chadli, who cuts in from the left. The winger moves centrally and shoots from outside the box, but it's wide to the left.
Counterattack could be the nail in the coffin for Palace if they keep pressing as high as they have been in the last 5-10 minutes. Tottenham still lead 1-0, 10 minutes left.
76'—TOTTENHAM ATTACK, CLEARED FOR CORNER
Fantastic one-two from Lennon who plays Soldado through down the right flank. The striker looks to cross it but Moxey (without his hands) clears it for another corner.
Palace try to break quickly from the corner, but Gayle gives away a foul and Spurs will regain possession once more.
75'—HANDBALL ON MOXEY.
There ends the attack, for now. Another handball on Moxey.
73'—PALACE ATTACK, BUT TOTTENHAM CLEAR ONCE MORE
Williams with a nice ball into the box but again, Tottenham manage to clear it through Vertonghen. Tottenham are under some serious pressure at the moment.
Palace throwing absolutely everything at them; home crowd going nuts.
Palace looking for a long throw-in into the box...
71'—CHADLI SHOOTS BUT WIDE TO THE RIGHT
Chadli does well to drive in from the left and shoot from the top of the box, but it's wide to the right and never looked like being any threat to Speroni's goal.
Tottenham still lead 1-0, but Palace attacking.
69'—CHANCE FOR GAYLE!!
Gayle is played through by Chamakh but it's just long. Tottenham clear, but not after Lloris is forced to make an incredible sliding tackle on Phillips. End-to-end stuff.
Palace refusing to lie down; great attitude at the moment.
Home crowd really getting behind them.
68'—SIGURDSSON SHOULD HAVE SCORED, BUT MISSES.
Great driving run from Walker to play through Soldado. With just one defender to beat, he lays it back to the top of the box where Sigurdsson shoots and somehow manages to miss the goal to the left hand side. Should have scored, but misses all together—would have probably sealed this one for the away team.
66'—TRIPLE SUBSTITUTION FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.
Holloway really going for it at the moment by using all three of his subs at once. Look for Williams to make a strong impact against Tottenham's defense.
OFF—Garvan, Wilbraham, Dobbie.
ON—Chamakh, Williams, Phillips.
64'—CHANCE FOR PALACE DOWN THE RIGHT.
Dikgacoi works some space after getting in behind Rose, but Vertonghen is there to clear. His clearance only makes it as far as Jedinak (surprise, surprise) who plays through Gayle. Nice chance for the striker, but his shot is always going over the bar for a goal-kick.
Here's Soldado celebrating his debut goal for Spurs.
61'—CAPOUE SHOOTS, BUT WELL WIDE
Nice chance for the debutant after some silky footwork creates some space at the top of the box, but his shot is simply horrendous. Misses the bar by about 456 yards.
59'—TOTTENHAM PRESS WIDE THROUGH WALKER
Walker with room to move down the right but his pass is poor, and Palace break quickly. Jedinak moves it well to the left wing, but Tottenham cover well so they opt to take it back.
Moxey stands up Walker one-on-one and crosses it into the middle, but it's cleared. Wonderful bit of skill from Moxey; game starting to open up a lot more now.
Tottenham still lead 1-0.
56'—SUBSTITUTION FOR TOTTENHAM.
Etienne Capoue ON, Moussa Dembele OFF.
Interesting to see how another summer signing for Tottenham (and a very good box-to-box midfielder as well) goes against a very congested central midfield.
53'—PALACE LOOKING TO STEADY IN SPURS HALF.
Palace trying to build attack, but Tottenham simply too strong in defense and force the turnover with ease. They look to attack down the left flank through Rose, but again, Palace's Jedinak is there to clear up; he's been simply outstanding for the Eagles so far in this one.
50'—GOAL TOTTENHAM (SOLDADO, PENALTY).
NEVER LOOKED LIKE MISSING. TOTTENHAM LEAD 1-0.
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