Palace 3-0 Tottenham: Zaha, Edouard down 10-man Spurs

Date published: Saturday 11th September 2021 2:22 - News Desk

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Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Odsonne Edouard were enough to seal a well-deserved victory for Crystal Palace against Tottenham Hotspur, who finished the game with 10-men.

Zaha’s penalty with 15 minutes to go put Palace ahead. This was before Edouard netted a brace in the final ten minutes to earn the hosts all three points.

Tottenham won their first three Premier League games but this result ends their perfect start to the season.

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Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were under-strength and off the pace in south London and there was no coming back after Japhet Tanganga was sent off just before the hour after picking up two yellow cards in the space of five minutes.

Spurs arrived at Selhurst Park as the only team with a 100 per cent record from their opening three games but the international break did not treat them kindly.

Son Heung-min was one of three players to pick up an injury while Argentinian pair Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso and Colombia’s Davinson Sanchez are in Croatia in order to avoid a hard quarantine following their decision to travel to South America for some World Cup qualifiers last week.

Things got worse in the 12th minute as Eric Dier limped off after he got injured when his captain Hugo Lloris had played a risky pass.

It left the visitors with a skeleton of the team that had begun the season so well and they struggled to impose themselves on the game as Palace dominated proceedings.

Zaha was proving to be a menace on the left and was at the heart of everything Palace did well.

He had two efforts in quick succession, which were both deflected wide, and then created Palace’s best moment of the first half.

The Ivorian beat Emerson Royal and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and pulled the ball back for Conor Gallagher, but his low shot from close range was kept out by Lloris.

Spurs registered their first shot on goal shortly after the restart as Lucas Moura tested Vicente Guaita’s handling from distance before a real flashpoint at the other end.

With Palace on a quick break, Tanganga cynically wiped out Zaha and the pair immediately clashed, sparking a huge melee.

They were both booked, with Zaha perhaps lucky to escape a red card after appearing to grab his opponent by the face.

Instead it was Tanganga who walked five minutes later after lunging tackle on Jordan Ayew earned him a second yellow card.

That decision gave the hosts further control and they probed for an opener. But in the end they were given a helping hand in breaking the deadlock.

Gallagher’s cross hit the outstretched arm of Ben Davies and the linesman immediately flagged, with Zaha sending Lloris the wrong way from the spot.

Edouard, a deadline day signing from Celtic, settled the game with his first touch after coming off the bench.

Zaha caused more damage down the left and his cross was swept home by the Frenchman.

It soon turned into a great afternoon for Edouard as he made it 3-0 at the end, converting after Gallagher had played him in.

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