Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Crystal Palace: Wasted chances abound in London derby (video)

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There were a ton of chances and an absence of goals in a London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Mile Jedinak were among the chance-creators, though none could finish. Julian Speroni and Hugo Lloris traded solid saves all match long.

Spurs are tied with Liverpool for ninth in the Premier League, while Palace is now a point clear of the drop zone.

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Eriksen brought the game’s first proper danger when he dribbled in from the left and took a hard knee-high shot that Speroni parried away.

Spurs gave up  a 25-yard free kick just off-center, and Jedinak’s first shot was blocked by the wall before Lloris dove to gather his the Australian’s rebound shot.

Soldado turned a neat cross over the goal in the 25th minute, and Spurs fan surely felt they should’ve been ahead.

Lloris made a tremendous reaction save in the 27th minute, diving left to force a ball out of the box.

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Eriksen’s 33rd minute free kick was saved by Speroni and led to his cross for Soldado, who headed over the goal.

Tottenham kept pouring forward in the second half, and Soldado made a tremendous run before blasting the ball wide.

Jason Puncheon came close to putting Palace on top in the 79th minute, but his goal was ruled offside. And a curious thing happened moving forward, as Palace brought most of the remaining danger. Lloris was key to avoiding catastrophe, though a point won’t make Spurs supporters happy, anyway.

Palace had 12 corners to Spurs’ one.


Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (c), Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Lamela (Chadli, 45′), Bentaleb, Mason (Paulinho, 66′), Eriksen; Kane, Soldado (Lennon, 83′)

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, McArthur, Jedinak, Ledley, Zaha (Puncheon, 66′), Chamakh, Bolasie