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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