Tottenham present Liverpool with golden opportunity to regain Premier League top spot as Vicente Guaita redeems himself to snatch vital point for Crystal Palace December 13, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Jeffrey Schlupp was on hand to poke home a vital equaliser for Crystal Palace as they held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw, but they had Vicente Guaita to thank for the point.
After 281 days, fans entered back into Selhurst Park and the famous old south London ground was rocking when Schlupp reacted quickest in the box after Eberechi Eze whipped in a free kick which Hugo Lloris could only parry away.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son combined for the 13th time this season to open the scoring in the first half with the England captain sending a swirling shot past the despairing Vicente Guaita.
But Palace were fully deserving of a point at home having hit the post in the first half through Eze and had plenty of chances to draw level through Christian Benteke.
If Guaita was culpable for the Tottenham opener, then the Brazilian was responsible for ensuring Roy Hodgson’s men grabbed a point with a reaction save from Kane with just mere minutes remaining.
In fact, the 33-year-old managed to outdo himself yet again with just two minutes of the game remaining when he pulled off an unbelievable flying save to deny Eric Dier after his free-kick was sent spiralling towards the top corner.
Jose Mourinho threw on forgotten man Dele Alli in the hope of snatching all three points, but the England international could not break down the resilient home defence.
The Portuguese had won a whopping 64% of the London derbies he has been involved in in the Premier League, but wily old fox Roy Hodgson got the better of the ‘Special One’ on a rain-soaked evening in SE25.
Yet with the opportunity to move three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table on offer, Spurs were once again denied by a late equaliser in a London derby.
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