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Spurs Win First Game at New Stadium


Ahmed Ahmed

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:51 GMT

Tottenham Hotspur won their first game at their new stadium after a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday April 3rd. Son Heung-Min scored the first ever goal at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before a late Christian Eriksen strike sealed the victory.

Spurs started the game strongly, but it was Palace who nearly took the lead when Jeffrey Schlupp ran through on goal but fired over the bar early in the game. The home side soon upped tempo as Eriksen fired an effort wide. Not long after the Danish midfielder’s shot was brilliantly kept out by Palace goalkeeper, Vincent Guaita.

Son had a shot pushed into the side-netting by Guaita just before half-time, as the teams entered the break goalless.

The visitors nearly stunned the home crowd early in the second-half as Michy Batshuayi curled an effort just wide of the far post.

But the hosts finally took the lead just before the hour mark. Son cut in from the right-hand side and struck a left-footed shot which was deflected into the bottom corner by Palace captain Luka Milivojevic. The South Korean became the first man to score in a competitive game at the new Tottenham stadium.

In the 66th minute, Harry Kane side-footed a shot over the bar as the home side continued to press. Spurs finally put the game to bed in the 80th minute. Kane looked like he was brought down in the box by James McArthur but Eriksen played to the whistle and fired in from close range to put the game to bed.

The result takes Spurs back into third place, a point above Arsenal who have a game in hand.

Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke to Sky Sports saying he hopes the new stadium can inspire the team to win trophies.

 "It's a special moment, a special night. I feel and believe it is the best stadium in the world.

"We knew the game was going to be difficult and tough. You don't know how we're going to react but, playing the way we played in the first half, we were going to score.

"I'm pleased for [chairman] Daniel Levy because of this fantastic project and I dedicate that victory to him.

"The emotion was amazing from the beginning. To win was so important to us. Today we touched the glory. Now we need to touch the glory of lifting trophies. Now is the start of a chapter. We close one chapter and open another chapter and bring victory to our fans."