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CRYSTAL PALACE v TOTTENHAM RECAP: Alli nets stunner as Spurs come from behind to down Eagles

Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to defeat Crystal Palace 3-1 on the weekend.

Spurs conceded in the first half before firing three goals home in the second half to come away from Selhurst Park with a convincing victory.

Wilfried Zaha's cross-shot on 30 minutes was knocked past Hugo Lloris by the foot of Jan Vertonghen to give Palace their first goal in six league outings.

Spurs responded on 63 minutes when Harry Kane rose above Damien Delaney to head home Nacer Chablis' cross from the left before the visitors took the lead in style.

Young midfielder Dele Alli superbly controlled a pass from Christian Eriksen, flicked the ball over Mile Jedinak, and volleyed beyond Wayne Hennessey from range to make it 2-1 in the 84th minute.

In injury-time, Chadli completed the fightback when he curled home from outside the area to send Mauricio Pochettino's fourth-placed Spurs to within two points of second-placed Manchester City, where they remain five in arrears of league leaders Leicester City.

For Alan Pardew's Palace, it was a fourth-straight defeat which has forced them down to 11th on the table.


Crystal Palace: 1 (Jan Vertonghen (OG) 30')
Tottenham Hotspur: 3 (Harry Kane 63', Dele Alli 84', Nacer Chadli 90+5')
Selhurst Park, London - 24,867


- That goal from Dele Alli was unbelievable. He only continues to get better and better. Is he destined for the top?

- Where to from here for Palace? They cannot score goals or keep a clean sheet at the moment.


Palace host Stoke City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday and will then be looking for their first league win since before Christmas when they host Bournemouth next Tuesday.

Tottenham will prepare for the weekend's cup meeting at Colchester United prior to next week's league trip to Norwich City.



Palace's Pardew on the goals from Spurs, particularly Alli's:

"It was a great goal. Spurs have that individual talent to produce a goal out of nothing. It's something we're lacking at the moment.

"Not a great goal for Crystal Palace, but it was a great goal."

Tottenham's Pochettino on Alli:

"He showed tremendous quality, it will be shown around the world on every TV.

"I think Dele shows his quality in every game. He's capable of that."

*Thanks to Opta

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