“Brilliant”, “Go for the cup”: Some Crystal Palace fans are over the moon after 2-0 win vs Tottenham + Match Report

Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham: Eagles dump Spurs out of FA Cup with a stunning win

The FA Cup 4th round tie between Crystal Palace and Tottenham ended up being a massively surprising result. Even with massive changes to their line-up, Spurs were always the favourites in this encounter. However, they lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace.

The game began in expected fashion, with Spurs dominating the ball. The absence of key players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung Min-Son seemed to affect them quite badly.

Within the opening 10 minutes, Crystal Palace surprised the visitors with the opener. The ball was collected by the onrushing Jeffrey Schlupp who drove into the Spurs box with pace and purpose.

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He drove past the defender and had a shot on goal which was saved well by Gazaaniga but the parry went straight to Conor Wickham who took the gift and tucked it into the bottom corner.

As soon as this happened, Spurs began to turn the screws to try and find a goal. This was signified by their possession stats at the end of the game, which totalled at more than 70%.

But even with all of the ball, they were unable to get a clean shot on goal despite creating a multitude of half-chances. It was in the 34th minute that the next event of the game took place.

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A ball into the box from Palace was met by a clearly raised hand from Kyle Walker-Peters. The referee didn’t hesitate to point to the spot.

Andros Townsend stepped up and took responsibility. He successfully sent Gazzaniga the wrong way and made it 2-0 to the home side to bring them closer to the FA Cup 5th round.

Within a few minutes, Tottenham were awarded a penalty when a kick-out from a Palace defender was spotted by the referee. Kieran Trippier stepped up to take the spot-kick given that Spurs had a weakened side.

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He smashed the ball past the left-side post to relieve the Palace fans of a lot of pressure. As the half time whistle went, Palace were 2-0 up and on their way to the 5th round.

As the 2nd half began, it was obvious that Spurs were going to give it a real go but even with 18 attempts on goal, they had just 4 shots on target.

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Spurs created chances like they did in the first half but it seemed like it was just not their night as the final pass or shot was constantly letting them down. Even drastic substitutions from Pochettino couldn’t change this as Palace ended up 2-0 winners.

Here’s what the ecstatic Crystal Palace fans had to say on Twitter:

Written by Nikhil Vinod

As Le Professeur famously said, If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all.
Diving and play-acting is a crime and is destroying the beautiful game.
Massive sports enthusiast with a special affection for football.
Sports Management graduate from Coventry University, UK.

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