Full-time: Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace

  • Tottenham come back to earth after their midweek Champions League heroics against Real Madrid by labouring to an unconvincing London derby win at Wembley Stadium
  • Heung-Min Son finally breaks the deadlock in the 64th minute with a fine effort that curls beyond Julian Speroni
  • The South Korean international is now the all-time highest Asian goalscorer in Premier League history
  • Third-string goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga makes a number of impressive saves on his Spurs debut after Michel Vorm joins Hugo Lloris on the sidelines
  • Dele Alli ruled out of game and withdraws from England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil with a hamstring injury
  • Tottenham draw level with Manchester United in third and temporarily reduce the gap to leaders Manchester City to five points
  • A fifth defeat in seven matches for spirited Crystal Palace keeps them bottom of the table and five points adrift of safety
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Not exactly a convincing display from Tottenham and a world away from their midweek defeat of Real Madrid, but Son's second-half curler and a fine debut from Gazzaniga is enough to secure the win and close the gap to the top two.

A fifth defeat in seven games for Hodgson, while rock-bottom Palace are still without a goal or a point on their travels in 2017-18. However, they can take heart from what was a spirited performance.

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Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace

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Townsend cuts inside with menace and unleashes a left-footed drive that is blocked by Dier.

Sissoko then does well to take possession from Zaha and win a free-kick which relieves any late pressure.

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Pochettino looks to run down the clock by withdrawing Rose in favour of Davies.

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Three minutes of added time for Palace to find an equaliser.

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After Son loses the ball, Townsend skips into the Spurs box and rides a sliding challenge from Dier before seeing his pass inside booted away by Sanchez.

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Tottenham force another corner but still they cannot get a free header at goal and the ball goes out of play off Sanchez.

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Gazzaniga has enjoyed an impressive debut for Spurs and this time he races off his line to intercept a pass towards Chelsea loanee and new England call-up Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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Son races clear once again but this time is well-marshalled by Sakho.

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Vertonghen dispossesses Zaha and plays in Son, who sells Speroni with a look to the far post before shooting into the side netting. That really should have been 2-0.

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No 14th goal of the season for Kane this afternoon. Fernando Llorente comes on in his place.

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Palace still fighting as Zaha rushes forward and finds Cabaye, who drives a shot across goal and wide.

After Gazzaniga is fouled at a corner, Hodgson sends on Bakary Sako in place of Ward.

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Dann does brilliantly to thwart Kane and Zaha misses the target at the other end. Palace certainly not out of this yet.

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After a spot of pinball in the penalty box, Palace's stern resistance is broken.

Son bends an unstoppable curling effort beyond the despairing reach of Speroni.

Heung-Min Son
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Goal: Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace (Heung-Min Son)

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Rose sends a great ball across the face of the six-yard box but there is no Spurs player there to turn it home.

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Cabaye's corner takes a big deflection off Dier and Gazzaniga does extremely well to keep out Milivojevic's close-range header at the back post.

Palace are looking far more likely to break the deadlock at Wembley.

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Aurier gives the ball away far too casually and Palace spring forward on the counter.

Townsend plays a super ball into the path of Zaha, who rounds the onrushing Gazzaniga before shooting wide of an open goal from a tricky angle.

What a chance.

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Schlupp gifts possession to Aurier and is booked for then hauling the Ivorian down.

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Sakho is somehow the furthest Palace player forward and Aurier has to be alert to stop him from connecting with a cross from Milivojevic.

Cabaye's latest corner is caught cleanly by Gazzaniga.

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Tottenham applying plenty of pressure now as they win a succession of corners. Speroni tries to keep Davinson Sanchez's lofted effort in play but cannot do so.

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A wretched pass from Aurier is intercepted by Townsend, who takes on Dier and fizzes in a low shot that is pushed wide by Gazzaniga.