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Juan Foyth

Defender Juan Foyth scored his first goal for Tottenham to give Spurs a hard-fought away win at Crystal Palace.

The 20-year-old Argentine, who conceded two penalties on his Premier League debut against Wolves last week, headed in from close range when he reacted quickest after Harry Kane’s header had been partially blocked.

Palace have now failed to win in seven games in all competitions and were left rueing James Tomkins’ failure to hit the target with a free header when it was goalless.

The hosts pushed for an equaliser late on, but Spurs captain Hugo Lloris did well to deny Jeffrey Schlupp, ex-Tottenham man Andros Townsend and substitute Alexander Sorloth as the visitors held on.

The result leaves the Eagles 16th, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference, while fourth-placed Tottenham are two points behind leaders Manchester City, although the top three are all in action on Sunday.

It was not all good news for Tottenham, however, as England international Kieran Trippier, who on Thursday was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the friendly against the United States and the Nations League game versus Croatia, limped out of the game after only 22 minutes.

Midfielder Erik Lamela also had to leave the field when he suffered a badly cut head as he slid in to challenge Schlupp.

From villain to hero

Foyth, who joined Tottenham from Argentine club Estudiantes in August 2017 in an £8m transfer, had only played in cup games before making his league debut at Molineux last weekend.

However, it was not the best of starts as he conceded two penalties – scored by Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez – as Spurs held on to win 3-2.

Foyth was not in the 18-man matchday squad for Spurs’ 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday, but a hamstring injury to Davinson Sanchez gave Foyth another chance.

He made a nervous start when he needlessly conceded a corner under no pressure with a misplaced pass to Lloris, although Palace could not capitalise from the set-piece.

But he became the match winner in the second half, reacting quickest as Palace failed to attack the second ball after Kane’s header had deflected into Foyth’s range.

Tottenham had 65% of the possession and had the best chances in the first half, but Dele Alli headed wide when unmarked, Kane had a 25-yard shot pushed away and Lucas Moura headed over.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 40minsSubstituted forKellyat 60’minutes
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forSørlothat 70’minutes
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 7MeyerSubstituted forSchluppat 67’minutes
  • 10Townsend
  • 14J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 9Sørloth
  • 15Schlupp
  • 31Guaita
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon
  • 44Riedewald

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2TrippierSubstituted forAurierat 24’minutes
  • 21Foyth
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 33Davies
  • 17Sissoko
  • 12Wanyama
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forWinksat 83’minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 20Alli
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 71’minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 8Winks
  • 15Dier
  • 18Llorente
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 23Eriksen
  • 24Aurier
Referee:
Jonathan Moss

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Hand ball by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Juan Foyth.

Attempt saved. Alexander Sørloth (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Luka Milivojevic tries a through ball, but Jordan Ayew is caught offside.

Booking

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Erik Lamela.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Alexander Sørloth (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Lucas Moura.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Alexander Sørloth replaces James McArthur.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko tries a through ball, but Lucas Moura is caught offside.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Juan Foyth.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Max Meyer.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range to the top left corner following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Martin Kelly replaces James Tomkins because of an injury.

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