Spurs snap winless streak to open new stadium
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Spurs snap winless streak to open new stadium

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen (right) celebrates his first goal at the new Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium wth Lucas Moura and Toby Alderweireld.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen (right) celebrates his first goal at the new Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium wth Lucas Moura and Toby Alderweireld.

Tottenham celebrated the opening of the club's state-of-the-art new stadium by ending a five-game winless Premier League run with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Second-half goals from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen ensured Spurs got off to the perfect start at their new home and moved Mauricio Pochettino's side back up to third at the expense of north London rivals Arsenal.

The Gunners have a game in hand over Tottenham, but victory also maintained a slender one-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea and opened up a three-point advantage over Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.

The hosts were nearly caught cold in the opening minutes when Kieran Trippier lost the run of Jeffrey Schlupp and the Ghanian fired wastefully over.

That was Palace's only effort of the first 45 minutes as Tottenham dominated without much cutting edge.

Pochettino's men were left lamenting their luck when Toby Alderweireld's last minute own goal cost them a deserved point at Liverpool on Sunday, but they had fortune on their side moments later to the huge relief of most of the near 60,000 in attendance.

Son's shot was headed straight down Guaita's throat until a big deflection off Luka Milivojevic left the Spaniard completely wrong-footed as the ball rolled into the bottom corner.

Kane could have capped a momentous night for the club by grabbing his first goal on the new ground, but put too much power on his effort that sailed high and wide.

However, the England captain was involved in the goal that sealed a vital three points as he broke into the area 10 minutes from time and the ball fell kindly for Eriksen to force home from close range.

 

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