Son Heung-Min breaks Asian record as Spurs edge past Palace

Toby Alderweireld Tottenham

But they had to wait until the 64th minute to find the victor today, with Son Heung-Min's superb effort from the edge of the box flying past Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni to make it 1-0 with just over 25 minutes remaining.

Paulo Gazzaniga, the third-choice Tottenham goalkeeper, kept his team in the game, while Wilfried Zaha spurned a gilt-edged chance following a 57th minute breakaway.

The South Korea forward pounced on a weak clearance to curl in a shot from just inside the area in the 64th minute, as a depleted Spurs side eked out a victory over the league's last-place team.

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With players such as Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld out injured, Dier admits that it was always going to be tough for Tottenham despite Palace's struggles this season.

Said Hodgson: "Spurs' goal was a painful blow".

"It was hard circumstances for him, and he came in and did really well".

The main talking point in a quiet first half came when Harry Kane picked up a knock following a challenge from Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Tottenham dominated the first half without being able to break down a stubborn Palace side and they were grateful to Gazzaniga who saved well from Dann's header.

The goal came after 64 minutes when the ball fell to Son Heung-Min on the edge of the box after a cross was not properly dealt with and the South Korea worldwide curled an outstanding finish past Speroni and into the corner.

The keeper was a continued thorn in Palace's efforts to get a goal, as he continued to deny the Eagles the goal many had believed they deserved, leaving Roy Hodgson's men rock-bottom of the Premier League after 11 games.

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