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Opening Defeat For KG's Palace

Tottenham Hotspur battled to a hard-fought 1-0 win over English Premier League new boys Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

South African Kagisho Dikgacoi started for the home side and saw out the 90 minutes as his side looked for a bright start to life in the top-flight.

Spurs, meanwhile, had to do without star winger Gareth Bale who remains out with a foot injury.

Spurs had the better of the possession in the opening few minutes though as they probed for an opener and Moussa Dembele lashed a ferocious strike just over the crossbar in the 13th minute.

Gylfi Sigurdsson then took advantage of a defensive lapse to get a shot on target but Julian Speroni pushed the attempt over the crossbar with 10 minutes left in the half.

Spurs had two more chances in the first period but Roberto Soldado was unable to get enough on Aaron Lennon's cross into the area while Nacer Chadli nodded over with seconds to go.

The visitors would edge ahead four minutes after the break though as Dean Moxey blocked Lennon's cross with his arm and Soldado made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

Mile Jedinak was doing a brilliant job of breaking up Spurs' play but Sigurdsson would fire a shot just wide after being found by Soldado while Kevin Phillips saw the ball taken away from him by an alert Hugo Lloris.

Dikgacoi would get arguably the best chance of the match for Palace when the ball fell for him in the 89th minute but Lloris did brilliantly to save his shot with his legs. The midfielder chased down the ball for another attempt but the Frenchman was again on hand to deal with the attempt from a tight angle.

That proved to be the last real chance for the hosts though as Spurs left with the spoils.

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