Crystal Palace vs Tottenham LIVE: Premier League result and final score as Spurs go five points clear

Premier League leaders Tottenham recovered from a sluggish first half to win 2-1 at Crystal Palace and extend their lead at the summit to five points.

Ange Postecoglou’s side found life tough at Selhurst Park initially, but moved through the gears in the second period and went ahead when Joel Ward put through his own net in the 53rd minute following James Maddison’s centre.

Captain Son Heung-min made the points safe 13 minutes later with a close-range finish for his eighth goal this season to ensure high-flying Spurs extended their unbeaten top-flight start to 10 matches.

Jordan Ayew struck late on for Palace, but victory moved Tottenham five points clear of Manchester City, who visit rivals Manchester United on Sunday, and while that gap is unlikely to remain come the end of the weekend, this latest test passed by Postecoglou’s new-look team will only increase the optimism growing in N17.

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Tottenham overcome a new problem on way to extending Premier League lead

22:30 , Jamie Braidwood

It was only on Monday night when Ange Postecoglou declared that Tottenham had played their “worst 45 minutes of the season”, but by Friday there was perhaps an immediate contender to surpass it. Frustrated by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and without a shot on target, Tottenham went into the break with a problem to solve. But, by the end, as Spurs picked and probed and then found a way through, the struggles of the first half were a distant memory. After all, Tottenham are now five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Report from Selhurst Park

Tottenham overcome a new problem on way to extending Premier League lead

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

22:08

Tottenham hold on to maintain their unbeaten start with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Spurs dominated for the majority of the game, but were given a few early scares by Palace as Vicario made a couple of good saves to deny Ayew and Edouard. It took the visitors until the 53rd minute to find the breakthrough, with Maddison's off-target shot being turned into the back of his own net by Ward. Son then doubled their lead with Spurs' only shot on target in the game, finishing off a lovely move by firing it into an empty net. Palace staged a late fight back, with Ayew pulling one back with a lovely rifled finish, and Franca missed a great chance to equalise in the dying seconds. It's a win that takes Spurs five points clear at the top of the table, and they now turn their attention to Chelsea. Palace's winless run goes on as they stay in 11th. They travel to struggling Burnley next weekend. That's all for today, goodbye!

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22:03

FULL-TIME: CRYSTAL PALACE 1-2 TOTTENHAM.

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22:03

GREAT CHANCE! Was that the last one for Palace? It's curled in by Ward on the right and Mateta glances it on to Franca on the left of the box. He's quickly put under pressure by Porro and he blazes it over the bar.

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Yellow Card Jordan Pierre Ayew

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21:58

Yellow Card Brennan Price Johnson

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That goal has given the hosts a massive confidence boost and Ayew manages to win a corner. Johnstone rushes up for it, but Vicario gets a glove on it and the Palace keeper has to track all the way back to his own goal.

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21:58

Yellow Card Joachim Christian Andersen

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21:56

VAR is having a look at a possible handball against Ayew as he brought the ball down. They're taking a long time over this, much to the home fans' frustration. After two minutes, they decide it did come off his chest and the goal stands!

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21:54

Assist Joachim Christian Andersen

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21:53

Goal Jordan Pierre Ayew

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21:53

Romero gifts the ball back to Palace and Ahamada lifts it over the top for Mateta. He can't quite bring it under control, and that allows Van de Ven to shepherd him out of play.

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21:51

BLOCK! We're into the first of eight added minutes here and Johnson drives down the right before laying it off to Son. He takes the shot first time, but Guehi throws himself in front of it.

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And Bentancur, who makes his first appearance since February after his ACL injury, comes on to a warm reception from the fans. He replaces Kulusevski.

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Spurs are making a late double change here. Maddison goes off for Gil.

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21:48

Palace sloppily lose the ball before they can get out of their own half once more. Spurs are back to keeping comfortable possession under little pressure from the hosts.

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21:45

It's better from Palace here as Andersen finds himself high up the left to curl a low cross into the box. He's looking for Guehi in the box, but Van de Ven gets a vital block in front of him.

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21:44

Kulusevski puts Clyne under pressure at the corner flag and it pays off as he gives it away to Sarr. He takes it to the byline before squaring it towards the near post, but it's too close to Johnson.

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21:43

The corner is taken short to Maddison, who fizzes it into Emerson. He loops a cross into the far post for Johnson, who heads it down for Son, but Guehi hooks it away.

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21:41

Kulusevski makes another weaving run as he cuts inside from the right. He attempts to pick out Son's run, only for his blocked pass to return to him. He shoots this time, but it's blocked by Guehi.

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And Edouard is also going off, with Mateta replacing him.

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21:38

Substitution Jefferson Andrés Lerma Solís Matheus França de Oliveira

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21:38

Romero has stayed down in the box holding his head, but the Palace fans aren't happy when the referee pulls play back. They think the defender was wasting time, and he's quickly back on his feet after the whistle.

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Son has scored six away goals in the Premier League this season - the most of any player in the competition.

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Maddison tries to thread it through to Johnson, but it's deflected to Emerson instead. He takes on the shot from range, only to see it charged down by Andersen, and Porro slices at his follow-up attempt.

GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur (SON 66’)

21:32 , Jamie Braidwood

That’s a wonderful second for Tottenham and surely the three points are heading back to north London now! After Sarr’s switch, Maddison’s quick two touches releases the overlapping Johnson - who had replaced Richarlison moments before. Johnson takes a moment before pulling the cross back to Son and the Spurs captain, now with eight Premier League goals this season, was typically clinical with his left foot.

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21:33

Palace are trying to work it forward, but they're struggling to keep hold of the ball in the final third. Spurs are quickly winning the ball back, and falling into their comfortable rhythm.

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21:29

Palace are actually going to make a double change here. Mitchell goes off with the physio and is replaced by Clyne.

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21:29

Substitution William James Hughes Naouirou Mohamed Ahamada

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There's a slight delay to the restart as Mitchell needs some treatment on his right knee. He jarred it trying to block Son's shot, and it's not looking good for the defender.

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Assist Brennan Price Johnson

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Goal Heung-Min Son

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21:23

Substitution Richarlison de Andrade Brennan Price Johnson

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Palace have scored three own goals in the Premier League in 2023 (Andersen x2 and Ward today), with only Brighton (four) putting through their own goal more times in the competition this year.

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21:20

Richarlison gets away from Ward and tries to whip a cross into the box. It's cut out by Guehi, but Palace barely make any ground before they lose possession again.

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21:19

Substitution Jeffrey Schlupp Jesurun Rak-Sakyi

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21:18

Spurs are back to keeping the ball in front of Palace here, and they're struggling to pass their way forward again. The hosts are happy to sit back and just let them have it.

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21:15

Bissouma is caught on the ball and Edouard comes away with it, only to see his shot deflected over the bar. Hughes whips another corner into the box, picking out Guehi, but he glances his header well wide.

GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (WARD OG 53’)

21:13 , Jamie Braidwood

Tottenham lead and it comes after a horror own goal from Joel Ward! Tottenham work the ball around the side of the Palace defence and it breaks to Maddison in the box: the England international fizzes a volley across goal but Ward sticks out a leg to divert it into his own net.

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Own goal Joel Edward Philip Ward

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Schlupp fizzes a dangerous low cross into the six-yard box, but none of his team-mates get on the end of it. At the other end, Palace break up another Spurs attack, and Johnstone just manages to clear his lines before Maddison closes him down.

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21:10

It looks like Porro's throughball is overhit, but Kulusevski just manages to keep it in play, almost tripping the linesman in the process. He loses Guehi with some clever footwork before seeing his cross blocked by Mitchell.

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21:08

Spurs have come out on the front foot, but Palace are still standing strong defensively. Anderson hooks it forward for Edouard to chase, but he fouls Van de Ven as the defender races past him.

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Palace get us back under way for the second half!

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Substitution Benjamin Thomas Davies Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Júnior

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21:02

Hodgson will be very pleased with how his side played in the first half. They waited for their moments and looked a real threat every time they broke on the counter. He'll be urging them for more of the same, but they need to take their chances. Spurs were poor, and Postecoglou might be debating making a change to add something different to their forward play.

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20:56

It's goalless at the break between Palace and Spurs. The league leaders were on top in terms of possession in the first half but struggled to cause their hosts any real problems, with Richarlison and Maddison both firing well wide of the target. Palace made their moments count though, with Ayew and Edouard both forcing Vicario into a couple of good early saves, but they couldn't take any of the chances they did create.

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20:50

HALF-TIME: CRYSTAL PALACE 0-0 TOTTENHAM.

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20:50

Kulusevski tees up Porro for a cross, but Mitchell blocks it right in front of him. Sarr runs onto the loose ball and tries to curl it to Richarlison at the far post, but Johnstone is there to collect it.

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20:48

This time, Maddison does offer an option up top as he darts off the back of Andersen. Van de Ven spots the run and sends it forward for him to chase, but the heavy pass rolls straight out of play.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

20:46

Spurs are just trying to regain control of this game as they slow the pace of the game right down with another spell of possession between their defenders. There's barely any movement ahead of them.

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20:44

Palace are just starting to up the pressure here as they win a series of corners in a row. Hughes' latest cross is only half-cleared as far as Ward, who is urged to shoot by the crowd, but his effort is deflected over the bar.

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20:42

Son does well to slide it through to Maddison just before he's tripped by Lerma, but Palace have bodies in the box. Three defenders swarm around the Englishman, and Guehi's touch takes it back to the keeper.

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20:40

Richarlison's cross is blocked, but it comes back out to the left as Davies recycles it. He drills a low cross into the six-yard box, but this one is too close to Johnstone.

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20:38

Van de Ven is back on as Spurs struggle to pass their way down the right. Kulusevski's clever flick hits Lerma, but Bissouma trips over the ball before he can look for Son.

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20:35

Van de Ven is caught on the ball as he tries to check back and he gets a kick to the shin from Edouard. He goes down needing treatment, and the physio is waved on.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

20:34

It's slow from Spurs, who are still seeing a lot of the ball, but it's all in front of Palace. There's no intent to speed up play, and they're struggling to get it forward.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

20:33

There's a slightly nervy moment at the back for Spurs as the ball bobbles in front of Van de Ven. Ayew is bearing down on him quickly, but the defender sorts his feet out quick enough to clear it.

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20:30

Palace's patience pays off as they get another chance to counter here. Edouard knocks it onto Schlupp, who drives forward before trying to pick out the Frenchman once more, but Van de Ven gets a foot in.

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20:29

Romero tries to cut Palace's defence open with another long ball, but Andersen stops this one from reaching Son. Maddison follows in, but Guehi stands strong to block his path.

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20:26

Hughes' free-kick is curled into a dangerous area, and Spurs are slow to react as it drops. Guehi keeps it alive, knocking it out to Schlupp, but he curls his cross straight out of play.

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20:24

Spurs are still seeing a lot of the ball here, but they're struggling to do much with it. Palace are frustrating them with their compact shape, and the visitors can't get it into the final third.

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20:22

Spurs work it well down their left again, with Richarlison playing a one-two with Maddison as he cuts inside. He has Porro ahead of him, but tries to go it alone, dragging his shot well wide of the near post.

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20:19

It's swept out to Kulusevski on the right, and he cuts inside before hanging a cross into the far post. Richarlison rises to keep it in play and cushion a header down for Maddison, but he volleys his shot over the bar.

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20:18

Maddison is tripped by Ward as he tries to open up some space and Spurs have a free-kick. Bissouma steps up to take it, blazing his effort high over the bar and into the stands.

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20:16

Palace are keeping their shape well here and they're making it difficult for Spurs to pass their way forward. Maddison tries to weave his way into the final third, only to be forced back to the halfway line.

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20:14

Palace have won just one of their last 16 Premier League games against Spurs (D2 L13), a 3-0 home win in September 2021.

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20:12

Richarlison threads it forward to Maddison, who has acres of space to run into down the left. It looks like he might shoot from inside the area, but he squares it instead, and Guehi makes a vital clearance.

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20:10

VICARIO SAVES AGAIN! Schlupp can't control Ward's whipped cross, but he gets enough on it to help it to Edouard. He has space on the edge of the box to fizz a low shot on goal, and Vicario gets down to get a strong hand to it.

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20:09

GOOD SAVE! Palace move it upfield much quicker this time, and Hughes' route is blocked so he helps it out to Ayew. He gets it out of his feet before firing a shot at the near post from just outside the box, but Vicario gets behind it.

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20:07

Son does brilliantly to keep the ball in play, and he pulls it back from the byline, but it's just behind Richarlison. Palace struggle to clear their lines though, and Johnstone just gets it away before Son closes him down.

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20:05

There isn't a lot of movement directly ahead of Romero, but he spots Maddison making a run off the back of Andersen. He sends it long over the top, but Johnstone is alert to come and pluck it out of the air.

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20:02

Son gets the game under way for Spurs!

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20:00

The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away!

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19:58

Ange Postecoglou makes two changes from their win over Fulham on Monday. Bissouma returns after serving a suspension in that game, with Davies also brought in. Sarr has recovered from a problem he picked up in that game to retain his place. Hojbjerg starts on the bench, as does Bentancur after recovering from an ACL injury. Destiny Udogie misses out through injury.

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19:54

Hodgson makes just one change to the side that lost heavily to Newcastle United last time out. Schlupp is fit again and comes straight in from the start, which means a more central role for Edouard today. Mateta drops to the bench.

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19:50

TOTTENHAM SUBS: Giovani Lo Celso, Rodrigo Bentancur, Oliver Skipp, Emerson Royal, Brennan Johnson, Bryan Gil, Fraser Forster, Eric Dier, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

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TOTTENHAM STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Guglielmo Vicario; Pedro Porro, Cristian Romero, Micky van de Ven, Ben Davies; Yves Bissouma, Pape Sarr; Dejan Kulusevski, James Maddison, Richarlison; Son Heung-Min.

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19:46

CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Jairo Riedewald, Matheus Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Remi Matthews, Chris Richards, Naouirou Ahamada, Nathaniel Clyne, Rob Holding, Jesuran Rak-Sakyi.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

19:42

CRYSTAL PALACE STARTING XI (4-3-3): Sam Johnstone; Joel Ward, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell; Jefferson Lerma, Cheick Doucoure, Will Hughes; Jordan Ayew, Odsonne Edouard, Jeffrey Schlupp.

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19:38

Spurs are flying high, and currently sit two points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table. They have the chance to extend that lead to five points with another win here. They're still unbeaten in the Premier League this season (W7 D2), and have won the last three on the bounce. The two games that they've dropped points in both came away from home though.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur

19:38

Roy Hodgson takes charge of his 500th game at the helm of an English club here today as he looks to get his side back on track. Palace have won just one of their last six outings in all competitions (D2 L3), a 1-0 win over Manchester United at the end of last month. During that run, they've scored just two goals but failed to find the back of the net in four of those games.

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