Crystal Palace won their first game of the season, ending Tottenham’s perfect start in the Premier League. Odsonne Edouard scored twice on his debut.
Wilfried Zaha gave the Eagles the lead when Ben Davies was penalized for handball, and substitute Edouard added a second and third late in the game.
Edouard, a deadline-day acquisition from Celtic, made a good impression on the Selhurst Park faithful, turning in Zaha’s cross and then directing in Conor Gallagher’s pass 28 seconds after coming on.
The outcome puts Palace in 11th place in the table, which they merited after a superb performance against the league leaders.
Even before Japhet Tanganga’s departure, the hosts were in command, with the Spurs defender picking up two yellow cards in the space of five minutes before the hour mark.
After absorbing a clattering challenge from Palace’s Jordan Ayew, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team had to reorganize their defense for the second time that afternoon. Eric Dier hobbled out on 12 minutes.
Even so, until their late capitulation, the Spurs, who barely posed a danger of their own, appeared to be in good shape.
Is Edouard the solution to Palace’s woes?
Palace’s offensive issues have been well chronicled during the last two seasons, when they had one of the poorest goal-scoring records in the Premier League.
They also came into this encounter with the lowest number of shots on target in the Premier League, with only five.
While they showed early promise by pressing forward for long stretches of time, they lacked the creativity and technique needed to break down a well-drilled Spurs defense.
Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saved a close-range effort from Conor Gallagher in the first half, but Ayew’s stinging strike, which was blocked by Dele Alli, was their best chance to score after that.
That is, until Zaha netted a penalty and Edouard entered the fray to add a new perspective.
His goal came 28 seconds after he came on as a substitute, making him the fastest player to score in the Premier League. He took a touch to prepare himself before slamming the ball into the bottom right corner.
It was more of the same eight minutes later, heightening optimism that Palace had finally found a solution to a long-standing problem.
Flat Spurs come up short.
Spurs had few redeeming qualities on a dismal afternoon.
With Son Heung-min missing due to injury, the visitors were outplayed from start to end, managing only a single attempt on target in a muted display.
Emerson Royal had a difficult start to his Tottenham career, with Zaha repeatedly twisting and turning him inside out.
Tanganga’s rashness, which saw him receive a caution after fiercely challenging Zaha and then another after mistiming a tackle on Ayew, earned him chants of “cheerio” from the home crowd.
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