Guaita the hero, as Tottenham drop points against Crystal Palace

Tottenham’s winning run came to an end after a late equaliser from Schlupp earned a point for Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace. Having been at fault for Tottenham’s opening goal, Guaita made a string of stunning saves, including two in the final minutes to deny Spurs a victory.

Both teams had half-decent chances in the opening minutes of the game as the Eagles decided to defend deep and counterattack on the break. Hugo Lloris was the first to be tested from a fierce deflected shot from Wilfred Zaha, and the goalkeeper did well to save to his right. Guaita was the next to be drawn into an excellent save to deny Ndombele from 10 yards out after catching onto Aurier’s cross.

Tottenham opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after Kane’s long range shot towards the centre of the goal left Guaita wrong footed, and the goalkeeper could only get a hand to it and push it into the net. Guaita produced a brilliant double-save to deny Spurs from doubling their lead, first by diving to deny Bergwijn and then to deflect the followup from Ndombele. Crystal Palace almost equalised in the final minutes of first half as Eze’s shot beat a diving Lloris, but came off the outside of the post.

The Eagles started the second half much better and put Tottenham under immense pressure, especially through Zaha, as Spurs hang on to preserve their lead. The pressure paid off in the 81st minute when Eze’s floating free-kick was spilled by an unsighted Lloris, and Jeffrey Schlupp reacted fastest to bundle the ball into the net. Guaita’s heroics were not yet done for the evening as the Spaniard made a stunning save to deny Kane with his outstretched palm after Davies’s cross clattered off the crossbar. Spurs thought they had all three points after Dier’s free-kick in the final minute of stoppage time seemed destined to the top-left, only to be denied by an acrobatic fingertip save by Guaita!

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