November 5, 2017 / 1:59 PM / 8 months ago

Soccer-Tottenham edge past Palace with Son winner

* Tottenham scrape past bottom club Palace 1-0

* Dele Alli was ruled out for Spurs with a hamstring injury

* Tottenham gave debut to keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, Lloris injured

* Gazzaniga twice saved well from Scott Dann headers

* Wilfried Zaha spurned a great chance for Palace

* Son Heung-min fired Tottenham ahead after 64 minutes

* Tottenham away at Arsenal next, Palace host Everton


Nov 5 (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur rode their luck before South Korean forward Son Heung-min earned them a 1-0 victory over bottom club Crystal Palace to consolidate their place in the Premier League’s top four on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side, fresh from beating European champions Real Madrid in midweek, found Palace a difficult nut to crack at Wembley and could have been behind before Son curled in the winner midway through the second half.

Tottenham remained in third position with 23 points, level with Manchester United who play at fourth-placed Chelsea later.

Palace have four points from 11 games but could count themselves unfortunate as Scott Dann was twice denied by Tottenham’s debutant keeper Paulo Gazzaniga while Wilfried Zaha wasted a great chance shortly before Spurs scored.

Gazzaniga, playing in place of the injured Hugo Lloris, also saved well from former Tottenham player Andros Townsend early in the second half while Son could have given a nervy Tottenham breathing space but dragged a good chance wide. (Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)

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