Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham: Premier League – as it happened
Ed Aarons was at Selhurst for us. His report has landed, and here it is. Thanks for reading this MBM!
“It is a dream debut for me, I work very hard for this moment,” an extremely content Odsonne Édouard tells BT Sport. “I enjoy battles,” adds Wilfried Zaha with a wry smile, like you needed to be told.
The Patrick Vieira era begins in earnest, then. Tottenham were beyond abject today, and down to ten men for most of the second half, but take nothing away from Crystal Palace, who were superb. A goal and an assist for the irrepressible Wilfried Zaha, then the mother and father of all debuts by Odsonne Édouard, who upon coming on with seven minutes to go, took all of 28 seconds to score his first goal for his new club, then added a second with his only other chance for good measure. A perfect day for the Selhurst faithful, as their team secure their first win of the season and rise to 11th, on five points. Spurs remain top, though they won’t be there for too much longer.
FULL TIME: Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Odsonne Édouard, ladies and gentlemen!
GOAL! Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Edouard 90+3)
Yes sir, he’s got another! Olise runs at Davies down the right. He feeds Gallagher infield. Gallagher shuttles it on to Edouard, on the spot. He takes a touch before whipping into the top right. Lloris gets a hand on it, but can’t keep it out. Two chances, two goals!
90 min +1: Wilfried Zaha is named man of the match by BT Sport co-commentator Jermaine Jenas.
90 min: There will be added three minutes. Enough time for Edouard to score another six goals. “Honestly, what took him so long?” asks Mary Waltz.
89 min: Gallagher is booked for lunging into Davies.
88 min: It took 28 seconds for Edouard to score his debut goal. 28 seconds!
86 min: Meeting a left-wing cross, Moura sends a weak header wide right. That’s as close as Spurs have come. They have been so poor today.
GOAL! Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Edouard 84)
What a dream debut! Seconds after coming on, Edouard takes possession of a low Zaha left-wing cross, spinning on the spot and threading a shot into the bottom right, despite falling backwards. What an introduction to English football from a player who has already proved his worth in Scotland!
83 min: Edouard comes on for his Palace debut. The former Celtic striker replaces Benteke.
82 min: Moura is booked for slamming the ball into the ground in impotent frustration. You can understand his ire; he’s been the only Spurs player anywhere near on form today.
80 min: Reguilon hassles Andersen down the left and wins a corner. Spurs do nothing with it, and Palace zip off up the other end. Ayew makes good down the left, then sets up Gallagher in the middle. Once again, Gallagher blazes wildly over. He’s been impressive on the whole, but his shooting today has been appalling.
78 min: Kane tries to make something happen down the right, but Guehi isn’t having any of it, getting his body in the way and winning a determined tussle. Goal kick.
77 min: Bedlam at Selhurst, always one of the most atmospheric grounds in the Premier League.
GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Zaha 76 pen)
Zaha gives Lloris the eyes, sends the keeper the wrong way, and rolls a lovely penalty into the bottom right. The very least Palace deserve.
75 min: That doesn’t stop Spurs arguing about it awhile. But even after a VAR check, the decision stands.
Penalty for Palace!
74 min: The corner leads to another corner, which leads to a couple of shots. Spurs clear. Palace come again, Gallagher crossing from the right. Davies has his arm stuck out. The ball whacks his hand, and it’s a no-brainer of a decision.
72 min: Gallagher steals the ball in midfield and sends Zaha away down the left with a lovely outside-of-boot pass. Zaha cuts inside and shoots. Blocked. Palace come again through Mitchell, who reaches the byline on the left and chips across the face of goal. The ball sails over Lloris and is going to drop into the top right. Reguilon somehow manufactures a goalline clearance, the ball skimming off the top of his head and out for a corner.
70 min: Davies tries to release Kane down the left. No good. Goal kick. Kane hasn’t been involved at all. Almost as though his mind is elsewhere.
68 min: Alli clips Ayew to the ground out on the right. Another chance to load the box. Milivojevic takes. Emerson clears. Palace are knocking at the door without yet suggesting they’ll bust it open.
67 min: Kouyate is replaced by Milivojevic.
66 min: Zaha tears at warp speed down the left, and loops long for Ayew, who traps and shapes to shoot. By the time the ball drops to his foot, Alli is across to block. What wonderful last-ditch defence.
64 min: Spurs are super-rattled. Davies attempts to trap a simple pass and hoicks it into the stand. Then Alli needlessly clatters into Gallagher, and it’s a free kick out on the right. Palace load the box. Gallagher sends it in. Kane clears. That may well be the first time Kane’s touched the ball in either box. That may well be his first touch at all.
62 min: Worth remembering that Spurs still haven’t conceded a goal in the Premier League this season. It’s now over six hours since they’ve let one in, all told. They’ll do well to keep that record in tact this afternoon.
60 min: Nuno tries to shore up his tattered back four by replacing Winks for Davies. Ayew flashes a shot wide. Just before the red card, Kouyate had hoicked an effort over the bar after a Lloris flap. Spurs are all over the shop.
RED CARD: Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur)
58 min: This had been coming, it’s fair to say. A second yellow for Tanganga, who overruns the ball and lunges in late on Ayew. He was lucky not to see red a few minutes ago, and now he’s stomping off down the tunnel in high dudgeon.
56 min: Zaha, on a rolling boil, is engaged in a continued full and frank exchange of views with Tanganga. Good fun, this, though of course won’t somebody think of the kids, etc., and so on.
55 min: Gallagher curls the resulting free kick into the mixer. It’s a good delivery, but met by nobody. The ball flies out to the right of goal for a goal kick.
53 min: Wahey! It’s all kicking off! Moura goes down, but the game isn’t stopped. Zaha skates off up the other end. Tanganga crashes him to the ground with a late hit. Zaha springs to his feet and gets right up in the Spurs defender’s grille. Both players throw hands. Both are extremely fortunate not to be sent off. Just a pair of yellows once it all calms down.
51 min: Zaha crosses from the left. Benteke shapes to shoot. Gallagher takes it instead, and pearls a shot goalwards. Reguilon sticks out a leg and deflects the ball onto Rodon. It pings out for a corner. Nothing comes of it.
50 min: Can we surprise you? Nothing comes of the corner.
49 min: Palace ping the ball about in a very pretty style. Suddenly Ward slides a pass down the inside right channel for Gallagher, who wins a corner off Rodon.
47 min: Moura dribbles down the inside right. He cuts inside, then takes Tottenham’s first shot of the afternoon. It’s straight down Guaita’s throat, but small acorns and all that.
Palace get the second half underway. No changes by either manager, which may raise a few eyebrows in the Spurs end.
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HALF TIME: Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Palace have been the better team, but the bar’s set low. On the plus side, it’s Saturday, and the Emma Raducanu match will be live on Channel 4 later.
45 min: Free kick for Palace out on the left. The hosts load the box. Gallagher takes, and doesn’t beat the first man. Reguilon clears.
43 min: The corner is no good.
42 min: Palace should be leading. Zaha swans past Emerson with indecent ease, then makes Hojberg look a bit daft before pulling back from the byline towards Gallagher at the near post. Gallagher swipes from close range. Lloris saves, though he should never be given the chance. Corner.
41 min: A lot of space for Gallagher, 25 yards out. He converts more rugby points. He surely had to hit the target at the very least, so much time was afforded him.
40 min: On the touchline, Nuno Espirito Santo has the good grace to look slightly concerned. Spurs haven’t been much cop and Palace are slowly getting on top.
38 min: Benteke traps and turns on the edge of the Spurs box ... then clanks a ball down the inside left. Intended for Zaha, it whistles out for a goal kick. Dinking or rolling might have been a better idea.
36 min: ... but Lloris wins a free kick as he punches it clear. It’s Tanganga who barges him, but you know how these things always pan out.
35 min: Palace step on the gas a bit and win a corner ...
33 min: It’d take Sam Matterface an infinite amount of time hitting typewriter keys at random to come up with something as good as that.
31 min: BT Sport commentator Darren Fletcher rather delightfully describes this game as “very 0-0”. Gnomic perfection.
29 min: Skipp tries to find Kane upfield with a floater. It’s a floater all right. Goal kick.
27 min: Kouyate crashes to the floor in front of the Palace dugout, the result of a late and unnecessary Alli barge. Palace aren’t happy. The referee isn’t particularly interested.
25 min: Lloris takes a goal kick. Up the other end, Guaita deals with a backpass. Just a reminder that the goalkeepers are in attendance.
23 min: Zaha dribbles with purpose down the left, only to be bowled over by Skipp. For some reason, Palace aren’t awarded a free kick, and Zaha is accordingly livid.
21 min: Gallagher converts for some rugby points.
20 min: Alli clumsily bundles Ayew to the ground, 25 yards from the Spurs goal. Free kick in a dangerous position here.
18 min: Moura wanders infield and is clipped by McArthur. A free kick in a central position which they inexplicably play short and waste. This is really messy at the minute.
17 min: Moura and Kane are doing a lot of probing down the right. McArthur and Mitchell aren’t having any of it. A lot of tussling and little else.
16 min: Nothing much going on.
14 min: Dier, with help from the physio, is making his way towards the tunnel at glacial pace. A more serious injury than it looked at first; hopefully it’s less serious than it looks right now. But that’s a long trudge made with painful baby steps, and makes worrying viewing for Spurs.
12 min: Dier can’t continue, and is helped off down the touchline. Rodon comes on in his place.
10 min: Palace free kick out right. They don’t whip it in, electing instead to feed McArthur infield. McArthur thinks about shooting, then floats a dismal ball into the mixer, and it’s cleared. What a waste, with the box loaded and Dier still limping.
9 min: Gallagher loses possession in midfield, allowing Moura to advance again. Moura feeds Hojbjerg, who should be shooting but instead dithers.
7 min: Dier takes a knock from Ayew when chasing a poor throw out by Lloris. A hospital throw? A hospital throw. After a grimace and rub, Dier is good to go again.
5 min: Emerson makes good down the right. Corner. Winks takes. No good.
4 min: Moura advances at pace down the middle. He threads a pass left for Reguilon, whose subsequent cross is useless.
2 min: A scrappy start.
After the knee - black lives matter - Spurs get the ball rolling. This is happening.
A minute’s silence to remember the souls lost on 9/11. Perfectly observed.
The teams are out. Palace in diagonal red and blue stripes, Spurs in white. Everyone at a packed Selhurst Park glad all over. We’ll be off in a minute or two.
Exclusive insight gained by watching pre-match interviews with Patrick Vieira and Nuno Espirito Santo. Both are up for it, and are at pains to express their respect for the opposition as well.
That team news in full. No changes for Palace. Spurs make three switches: no Son Heung-min, Davinson Sanchez or Steven Bergwijn; yes Emerson, Harry Winks and Lucas Moura. Palace’s new signings Will Hughes and Odsonne Edouard are on the bench.
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Gallagher, Kouyate, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke, Ayew.
Subs: Butland, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Olise, Hughes, Clyne, Edouard, Kelly, Riedewald.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Emerson, Tanganga, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Winks, Lucas Moura, Kane, Alli.
Subs: Doherty, Gil Salvatierra, Rodon, Gollini, Ndombele, Davies, Scarlett, Markanday, Omole.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).
Top-of-the-table Tottenham – a satisfying tongue-roller right up there with They Like To Say Salsa – travel to Selhurst Park to see if they can make it four 1-0 wins in a row. They might have to do it without Son Heung-min, who has a sore calf; they’ll definitely have to do it without Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez and Giovani Lo Celso, who are all sat on a quickly cobbled together naughty step somewhere in Croatia for Covid-related reasons, after nipping off to South America. Spurs nevertheless remain favourites, and so Crystal Palace would possibly be content enough with a third 1-1 in a row in this fixture, coming off the back of draws with Brentford and West Ham, though the arrival of Odsonne Edouard means a first win of the Patrick Vieira era is no pipe dream. It’s on!
Kick off: 12.30pm BST.