Full Time:Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspurs

Premier League Game

Full Time:Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspurs

Premier League Game

25 February 2018 Sunday 14:52
Full Time:Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspurs

So Spurs earn the eventually winner and it would be hard to argue that their dominance did not deserve it... Palace battled hard and were a whisker away from pinching a vital point, but it was just not to be as Kane bagged his 35th goal of the season.


90+1 minWe are going to have four minutes of added time here...

89 minThere it is! You cannot say it hasn't been coming either. The corner is whipped in where Kane is allowed to drift free of Delaney and head back across goal and into the roof of the net!


88 minMore and more pressure now as Aurier crosses into the box, leaving Palace to somewhere scramble the ball away for a corner...

86 minSUBSTITUTE: Palace makes a change now purely in hope of taking out some time. Lee replaces Townsend.

84 minMISS! Davies sends a perfect cross to the back post where Aurier is left unmarked. The full-back just has to tap the ball into an empty net, but somehow manages to get the ball stuck under his feet.

83 minCLOSE! Kane shows great skill inside the area to nut-meg one man, before his shot is deflected and almost upends Hennessey although the keeper adjusts brilliantly to keep out the effort down low.

81 minWan-Bissaka has enjoyed a solid senior debut at right-back and the youngster does well to leap and head clear with Son threatening to break in behind the defence.

79 minSUBSTITUTION: Spurs make another change as Son comes on for Dembele. Spurs are going for it in the final stages...

77 minStill Spurs press forward in hope of an opener. Palace have so many players back, though, leaving the edge of the box congested and no way through for Pochettino's men.

75 minWill we see a defining goal in the final 15 minutes? A point would be a great achievement for Palace if they can hold out.

73 minCLOSE! A scramble inside the area eventually sees the ball break free for Davies, who turns and shoots towards the far post. Hennessey sees it late through bodies but gets down low to make a terrific save.

71 minThe ball into the middle is a terrible one, however, as Eriksen sends the corner over every player in the box and out for a Palace goal kick. Are Palace dreaming of a late goal here?

70 minVan Aanholt slips on the edge of the box and the ball falls to Eriksen. Possession is soon moved out to Davies, whose cross is cleared for a corner.

68 minFrustration starting to mount for Spurs and Sanchez embodies the mood as he shunts an easy return pass straight out for a throw!

66 minSUBSTITUTE: Spurs make their first change of the game as Lamela is brought off in place of Lucas Moura.

64 minCLOSE! Aurier soon makes amends as he comes back to produce a miracle recovering tackle to deny Sorloth. The frontman breaks through the middle and the full-back is somehow able to get a vital toe-poke to prevent the striker from pulling the trigger.

62 minIt's really just the final ball that is lacking here. Kane rolls his marker and is able to feed Aurier on the overlap. The full-back should slot Lamela in behind, but his pass is poor and Palace are spared once more.

60 minEriksen turns in a corner towards the near post, which Dier is able to get a foot too. The centre-back cannot quite turn his shot towards goal and Palace escape with a timely goal kick. A breather, finally!

58 minCLOSE! Space opens up on the right allowing Aurier to break beyond the defence. The full-back lashes a shot into the middle, which eventually falls for Eriksen, who then sees another attempt hacked away by Tomkins.

56 minPalace need to rectify their midfield, there's very little pressure on the ball at the moment and it's allowing Spurs to setup camp on the edge of the area. The Eagles are really struggling to get out here.

54 minCHANCE! Oh my... Eriksen chips a ball back into the danger zone for Kane, who is left totally unmarked with just Hennessey to beat. Somehow, the striker passes his effort wide of the post without testing the stopper. This might be one of the misses of the season... He's offside too but the linesman has not spotted it.

53 minMuch the same pattern as the first period starting to develop here... Spurs are sitting deep inside the Palace half as they try to prise open the hosts' defense.

51 minCHANCE! The ball is sent into the middle and a kind deflection pops the ball up for Eriksen to hit in the middle of the area. The playmaker makes a real hash of his chance, though, skying over the bar when he perhaps should have punished Palace.

50 minPalace have to do more of this... Benteke is sent away on the break and he outmuscles Sanchez, but Dier covers well and is able to win the ball back for Spurs.

48 minSpurs have assumed control again in the opening moments. Kane sees himself driving towards goal, but a trademark shot from distance is sent whistle high and wide without testing Hennessey.

SECOND HALF! We are back moving again at Selhurst Park...

Palace started poorly and was woeful on the ball, but they have improved as the game has worn on. The hosts have offered glimmers of ability on the breakthrough Townsend and Sorloth, but they are really yet to test Lloris in the Spurs goal.

That was certainly a more entertain first half than the scoreline perhaps suggests. Spurs have dominated but have been missing some quality in the final third. Kane has been fairly quiet and the visitors have arguably tried to force the issue at the wrong moments.


45 minOne minute of added time here...

44 minSpurs focus their movement down the right channel through Aurier, but he hasn't come up with the goods just yet. Lots of the ball for Spurs, but they're lacking that final touch. The ball is soon given away cheaply and Townsend can cut inside on the right, only to shoot straight at Lloris with Benteke screaming for the ball in space.

43 minTottenham are camped inside the Palace half at the moment, but Hodgson's side is showing an impressively compact shape to keep out the visitors.

41 minPalace just dropped a touch deeper in the last five minutes, they really need to get one or two midfielders up in support of their frontmen. At the moment their midfield is too concerned with preventing the center-backs to offer anything going forward.

39 minIt feels like only a matter of time now for Spurs, who find a nice pocket of space on the edge of the area. The ball is sent wide for Aurier, who sees his delivery cleared by Tomkins at the near post.

37 minManchester United defender Fosu-Mensah has done well at the back today, apart from that iffy challenge on Kane. This time the center-back comes across to make a timely interception to thwart Eriksen on the overlap.

35 minPalace are definitely offering something here despite Spurs' dominance on the ball. It's Townsend who breaks this time to earn a corner, but van Aanholt cannot profit with his volley when the ball drops out of the air on the edge of the box.

34 minSorloth shows brilliant strength to brush aside Dembele of all people on the counter over on the left. It then takes a brilliant sliding challenge from Sanchez to stop the towering striker in his tracks.

32 minSpurs have just edged into the ascendency here as they mount a number of attacks. Palace is holding well so far though...

30 minCLOSE! Sorloth gives the ball away needlessly on the edge of the box allowing Kane to nip in and grab possession. The linesman has his flag raised for offside just as the striker goes down under a poor challenge from Fosu-Mensah. That would have been a stonewall penalty had it not been for the offside flag...

29 minSpurs are able to converge on the home box for the first time in a while, where the ball breaks kindly for Alli. The youngster gets a shot away on the turn, leaving Tomkins to make a good block before the attempt can test Hennessey.

28 minThis has been an intriguing, busy start at Selhurst Park, but we are yet to see either keeper properly test, apart from that one chance that fell to Kane after van Aanholt's poor back pass.

26 minAgain Spurs give possession away poorly and Eriksen's misplaced pass allows Townsend to counter. The winger delivers into the middle for Sorloth, although Sanchez gets across to cut out the danger with a diving header.

24 minWanyama finds himself in advanced position over on the right, but his cut inside can only muster a shot that goes flying high and wide without troubling an unmoved Hennessey in the Palace goal.

22 minSpurs have been a tad sloppy in the last five minutes, with some lazy forward passes inside the Palace half. The hosts break and win a free kick off Lamela. Townsend whips the delivery towards the near post, but Davies is up highest to clear.

20 minThe home side are just starting to gain some traction in the game and play with some decent variety. This time a long ball picks out Sorloth at the back post, although he cannot head accurately into the path of strike partner Benteke.

18 minThat's exactly the sort of counter Palace need to utilize this afternoon if they want to get any change out of Spurs. The hosts do brilliantly again, this time from the right as Townsend comes inside to feed McArthur, but his first-time shot cannons into a defender on the edge of the box.

16 minVan Aanholt produces some wonderful natural width on the left and he makes light work of Aurier. The cross into the middle is a perfect one for Benteke, but he decides not to gamble and Lloris comes off his line to claim the ball.

15 minDembele is the pendulum in the middle of this Spurs side today, keeping things ticking over. The ball gets switched out to Aurier, who then feeds Eriksen on the overlap. His cross into the middle is aimed for Kane, but Tomkins gets a strong challenge in to clear.

14 minThis has been a fairly sloppy start for Palace, especially when you consider how they tend to get underway at home. The hosts have been full of mistakes on the ball in these early moments.

12 minPalace are given a bit of breathing space as they win a free kick inside the Spurs half. Milivojevic sends the delivery into the box, where Tomkins rises above Davies to head tamely into the arms of Lloris.

10 minCHANCE! All Spurs in the opening 10 minutes in south London and this looks like it could be a long afternoon for the hosts. van Aanholt almost comes a cropper by knocking the ball back for Hennessey, allowing Kane to intercept. It looks like the striker will slot home coolly, but his effort goes straight into the body of the home stopper.

8 minCLOSE! Alli drops deep and produces a smart turn to dupe Riedewald into bringing him down. Eriksen sends the ball into the middle, where Davies almost breaks in behind unchallenged with Townsend and Hennessey all at sea inside the box.

6 minThis game is being played at a busy pace already, as Spurs knock the ball about with purpose in the opening exchanges. Palace is pressing with energy too.

5 minSpurs are already beginning to tick in front of the Palace box, as Eriksen and Lamela almost combine neatly to feed Alli in behind, only for Tomkins to get a vital foot in.

3 minCLOSE! The ball is swung jestingly into the middle and a scramble ensues at the front post. The ball almost drops kindly for Sorloth, but Dier just about manages to hoof clear under pressure.

2 minAn industrious start as you might expect at a freezing cold Selhurst Park. Van Aanholt does well down the left to win a corner off Alli.

1 minKICKOFF! Here we go then. Spurs get us moving in white, while Palace are in their usual home colors too.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SUBSTITUTES: Trippier, Rose, Son Heung-min, Vorm, Sissoko, Foyth, Lucas Moura

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STARTING XI: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane

CRYSTAL PALACE SUBSTITUTES: Lee Chung-yong, Souare, Delaney, Lokilo, Henry, Rakip, Kirby

CRYSTAL PALACE STARTING XI: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Riedewald, McArthur, Townsend; Benteke, Sorloth

Updated: 25.02.2018 20:35
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