Jeffrey Schlupp scored a late Crystal Palace equaliser after a mistake by Hugo Lloris to deny leaders Tottenham victory before their top-of-the-table game at Liverpool on Wednesday.
Harry Kane put Spurs on course for a sixth win in seven league games with a shot from 30 yards which Vicente Guaita should have saved.
Spaniard Guaita had kept Spurs at bay with three excellent stops to deny Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Kane before being caught out by the England captain’s long-range swerving attempt.
But Palace, who hit the post through Eberechi Eze, deservedly equalised when Schlupp bundled in the equaliser after Lloris could not hold Eze’s free-kick.
In the dramatic ending, Spurs substitute Ben Davies hit the bar while Guaita made a spectacular save to keep out a free-kick from Eric Dier.
Spurs frustrated by Guaita
Tottenham’s 22nd competitive game of 2020-21 looked for so long as though it was going to be a case of job done ahead of their biggest test of the season in midweek.
But Jose Mourinho’s side were frustrated by Guaita, whose action at the death to deny Dier was one of the finest saves of the Premier League season.
Dier’s set-piece appeared to be heading for the net until the Palace keeper flung himself across his line to divert it away with one hand.
Despite stretching their unbeaten league run to 11 matches, this will feel like two points dropped for the visitors.
In a highly competitive London derby, they had looked every bit a team at the top of the table as Guaita got down to deny Ndombele from close range before tipping over Reguilon’s rasping attempt and then stopping Kane’s header all in the space of a few first-half minutes.
Kane’s ninth league goal, after another assist by Son Heung-min, was a gift, Guaita misjudging his shot and failing to make what should have been a routine save.
Palace responded well but looked set to end the game without any reward for their endeavour until Schlupp pounced after Lloris’ error – the first goal Spurs have conceded in the Premier League since the start of November.
Asked after the match about the France keeper’s mistake, Mourinho said: “Hugo is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.”
Gutsy point for battling Palace
This was a thoroughly deserved point for Palace who marked the return of fans to Selhurst Park with a gutsy performance full of character.
Even before they fell behind, Wilfried Zaha forced Lloris into a good save while, shortly before half-time, the impressive Eze beat the Spurs keeper only for his attempt to hit the post.
Palace had 16 attempts in total, five of which landed on target.
Christian Benteke, fresh from scoring two in the 5-1 demolition of West Brom in the previous game, had two headed chances before Schlupp raced away to celebrate with supporters after making it 1-1.
Guaita’s save at the end to deny Dier raised the roof – and left manager Roy Hodgson beaming.
He will not want to see Kane’s goal again but the keeper bounced back to produce a string of impressive stops when Spurs threatened a second goal.
‘The fans were great’ – what they said
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “We were threatening to get the equaliser; it came quite late but it gave us an awful lot of pleasure and I thought we deserved it as well.
“The supporters were great. I told the players it’s not what they can give us, it’s what we can give them.
“They got behind us and appreciated it and luckily we welcomed them back on a good day.”
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho: “We can look at it in two different perspectives. We had one more point than three hours ago but at the same time you play to win three points.
“If I look to the game, I would split the first half where the feeling is we have to win it, so we lost two points – but then comes 30 minutes in the second half where they deserved to get the equaliser and you accept it because it’s fair.
“Then, in the last 15 minutes we could have won it.”
Unbeaten away run continues – the stats
- Despite surrendering their lead in the second half, Spurs are unbeaten in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W5 D4), their longest such run since April 2018 (also nine).
- Spurs duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have now combined for 12 goals in the Premier League this season – only Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in 1994-95 have linked up for more in a single season in the competition (13).
- Following 1-1 draws in both of their meetings in 2020, Crystal Palace have avoided defeat in consecutive Premier League games against Spurs for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
- Spurs have only lost one of the 21 Premier League games in which they’ve opened the scoring under Jose Mourinho (W15 D5), with that lone defeat coming against Wolves back in March.
- Since Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of Spurs, Harry Kane has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League player (43 – 29 goals, 14 assists).
- Crystal Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances against Spurs.
- Spurs striker Harry Kane has scored five goals in seven Premier League away games at Selhurst Park, the joint-most of any visiting player against Crystal Palace at this venue, along with Jermain Defoe.
There’s a full midweek programme in the Premier Leaguer and Palace make the trip across London to face West Ham on Wednesday (20:00 GMT), while Spurs are involved in a top-of-the-table showdown at Liverpool at the same time.
- 3van Aanholt
- 4MilivojevicBooked at 20minsSubstituted forRiedewaldat 73′minutes
- 25EzeSubstituted forTownsendat 89′minutes
- 9J Ayew
- 3ReguilónSubstituted forDaviesat 84′minutes
- 17SissokoBooked at 38mins
- 23BergwijnSubstituted forAlliat 85′minutes
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 67′minutes
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 18Lo Celso
- 27Lucas Moura
- Kevin Friend
Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Christian Benteke.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Vicente Guaita.
Attempt saved. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).
Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend replaces Eberechi Eze.
Offside, Crystal Palace. Jairo Riedewald tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.
Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).
Foul by Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur).
James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Serge Aurier.