English Premier League

Son strikes as Tottenham beat Palace 1-0 in Premier League

South Korea international wins all three points for Spurs with the winning goal against struggling Palace

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 November, 2017, 10:18pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 November, 2017, 10:21pm

Son Heung-min’s second-half goal secured Tottenham a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.

The South Korea forward pounced on a weak clearance to curl in a shot from just inside the area in the 64th minute, as a depleted Spurs side eked out a victory over the league’s last-place team.

Playing four days after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League, Tottenham were without forward Dele Alli, centre back Toby Alderweireld and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris because of injury.

Spurs have struggled to break down visiting teams that defend in numbers at Wembley Stadium this season, drawing to both Burnley and Swansea in a season when they have also beaten Madrid, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at their temporary home.

They laboured at times against Palace and had backup goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga to thank for saves from Scott Dann and Andros Townsend. Palace winger Wilfried Zaha did get past Gazzaniga, but failed to finish into an empty net from an acute angle.

Tottenham started the day in third place, eight points off leader Manchester City, who were playing Arsenal later on Sunday.