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Crystal Palace 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Dele Alli
England manager Roy Hodgson was at Selhurst Park to see the goal from Dele Alli

An incredible 25-yard volley from Dele Alli helped Tottenham come from a goal behind to defeat Crystal Palace.

The hosts went ahead when Wilfried Zaha's cross was turned into his own net by Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen.

But Harry Kane gave Tottenham a deserved equaliser when he powerfully headed in Nacer Chadli's dinked cross.

Alli then flicked the ball up, then back over his own head and volleyed into the bottom corner, before Chadli curled in a late third goal.

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Tottenham have never finished in the top three of the Premier League, and this was a huge test of their character - and they passed it with flying colours.

This well-deserved victory keeps them only five points behind surprise leaders Leicester, but they had to show their fighting spirit. They were frustrated by a well-organised Palace team, who took a shock lead through Vertonghen's first-half own goal.

But three pieces of skill saw Spurs fight back for the win. Kane's header maintained a remarkable run of form that has now seen him score 12 times in his past 14 Premier League appearances.

Alli, who is only 19, showed wonderful composure to take a touch 25 yards out, flick the ball back over his head to deceive Palace's Mile Jedinak, and then volley past Wayne Hennessey.

A third goal, a stunning finish from Chadli, in the third minute of injury time made the match look a bit more comfortable then it was and was harsh on a battling home side.

Tottenham's first goal came after a well-worked move down the left flank involving Danny Rose (3), Christian Eriksen (23) and Nacer Chadli (22) before Harry Kane outjumped Damien Delaney to head into the net

Palace's season continues to unravel

It is now six league games without a win for Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace, although they did manage to end one poor run as their goal was the side's first in 482 minutes - though it was scored by Tottenham's Vertonghen.

However, Pardew can remain upbeat. With the score at 1-1 his side forced Hugo Lloris into a fine save to deny Wilfried Zaha.

The Eagles then hit the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds as Scott Dann headed Jason Puncheon's free-kick against the underside of the bar, before substitute Mile Jedinak also hit the crossbar with a shot on the turn.

Palace's defeat sees them drop to 11th and Pardew thinks a new signing would lift their spirits. "We're looking to bring a player in and there's no doubt about that," he said.

"The boys would like to see someone else enter the dressing room."

'People will see that goal around the world'

Glenn Hoddle
Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle led the praise for Dele Alli's stunning goal

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli described his goal by saying: "It was natural instinct. It was a great ball and I just took a touch and hit it," said the 19-year-old.

"It all came naturally. I didn't have time to think. I didn't know what to do in my celebration!"

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "Dele Alli's goal was fantastic and it showed his quality. It is a goal that will be seen around the world on television. We knew he was a player of unbelievable potential, but today he showed unbelievable maturity and quality."

Tottenham striker Harry Kane: "I've never scored a goal like that and I haven't seen one as good as that for a long time."

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "It was horrible to watch, and I don't often say that about a beautiful goal. As soon as he flicked the ball over his head I feared the worst. It was a great moment for him and he is a great talent."

Gareth Bale
Former Tottenham forward Gareth Bale, who is now at Real Madrid, was among those impressed by Alli's effort

Man of the match - Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Nacer Chadli and Dele Alli
Dele Alli (right) scored, created a goal for Nacer Chadli (left) and had four shots on target, more than anyone else in the match

What they said

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "We wouldn't have lost the game if it hadn't been for their goalkeeper. At 1-1 he made two great saves and it was just not our day.

"Wilfried Zaha was a problem for them and on another day we could've won this game.

"We haven't done much wrong, but they have great individual talent and they won it with a couple of special moments."

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "After the first half I was a bit disappointed but we sorted out some problems and with the maturity we showed in the second half we fully deserved the win.

"After 95 minutes the result was fair. It was a fantastic performance.

"We have the youngest squad in the Premier League, but the way the players showed their maturity it looked like the oldest."

The stats you need to know

  • Crystal Palace have won just two of their past 10 matches against Tottenham in all competitions (won two, drawn two, lost six).
  • Palace have won just four of their 12 home league matches this season.
  • Tottenham are now unbeaten in 11 matches away from home in the Premier League.
  • Tottenham have won 14 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season; more than any other team.

What next?

It is FA Cup fourth-round action next up for both of these sides. Palace host Premier League rivals Stoke next Saturday, while Spurs face a trip to League One strugglers Colchester United.


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 23Souaré
  • 11Zaha
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forCampbellat 85'minutes
  • 28Ledley
  • 42Puncheon
  • 18McArthurBooked at 61minsSubstituted forJedinakat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Wickham


  • 1Speroni
  • 9Campbell
  • 14Lee
  • 15Jedinak
  • 22Mutch
  • 29Chamakh
  • 34Kelly


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 16TrippierBooked at 79mins
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5VertonghenSubstituted forWimmerat 75'minutes
  • 3Rose
  • 19Dembélé
  • 15DierSubstituted forChadliat 56'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forBentalebat 88'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 10KaneBooked at 90mins


  • 6Bentaleb
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 22Chadli
  • 27Wimmer
  • 28Carroll
  • 33Davies
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dele Alli following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

  6. Booking

    Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Rose.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

  15. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Joel Ward.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Christian Eriksen.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Damien Delaney with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).