Tottenham's record signing Roberto Soldado scored on his debut as Crystal Palace were defeated in their first top-flight match since 2005.

The £26m signing from Valencia coolly side-footed a penalty past Julian Speroni after Aaron Lennon's cross was handled by full-back Dean Moxey.

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Spurs were without Real Madrid target Gareth Bale but were rarely troubled.

Palace had their best chance at the end, with Kagisho Dikgacoi firing straight at Hugo Lloris.

Soldado, 28, scored 24 goals in 35 appearances for Valencia last season and had the perfect start to his Premier League career.

Tottenham duo Kyle Walker and Lennon consistently linked well down the right - and their running eventually proved decisive just after half-time.

Lennon found space in the area but his cross clattered into Moxey's outstretched hand. Tottenham did not win a penalty in the whole of the 2012-13 season but referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot and Soldado kept his cool, slotting home as Speroni dived the wrong way.

Without Bale?

Since 1 January 2013, this is only the second time Spurs have won when Gareth Bale has not scored. The previous game was against Stoke on 12 May.

Palace frustrated Tottenham in the first half, with Andre Villas-Boas's team reduced to shooting from distance.

Mousa Dembele fired over the bar from 25 yards and Gylfi Sigurdsson's clipped effort from a similar distance was tipped over by Speroni.

Palace's passing was particularly wayward and they needed a set-piece to create their first chance on target, as Aaron Wilbraham headed straight at Lloris from Owen Garvan's free-kick.

With half-time approaching, Walker played through a scuttling Lennon, who evaded the defenders, only for Speroni to thwart Soldado's attempt.

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The best chance of the first half came from the final piece of action. Lennon chipped a cross to the back post, where new signing Nacer Chadli duly headed the ball into the crowd.

In the second half, Palace boss Ian Holloway made a treble substitution after Tottenham's goal, bringing on Jonathan Williams, Marouane Chamakh and veteran Kevin Phillips.

Sigurdsson should have sealed the match but side-footed wide after Walker had found Soldado in the penalty area.

Moments later, 40-year-old Phillips sprung the offside trap and almost found himself in on goal. Lloris raced out to intercept Dikgacoi's ball over the top, sliding outside of his box and only just managing to hack the ball away.

Spot on

Tottenham did not win a penalty in the whole of the 2012-13 season

Palace looked a different side after the changes, with Phillips a constant menace and Dwight Gayle finally free to show some pace up front.

Phillips had another good chance but his shot dribbled wide from 25 yards.

Substitute Jermain Defoe had an opportunity to seal the match, racing past four Palace players, only to shoot wide.

Palace then had their best chance as the ball dropped to Dikgacoi in the area, but the South African could only shoot directly at Lloris.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 21 Moxey
  • 27 Delaney
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 10 Garvan (Chamakh - 66' )
  • 11 Dobbie (Williams - 66' )
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 18 Wilbraham (Phillips - 66' )
  • 16 Gayle

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander
  • 03 Marange
  • 06 Campana
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 20 Williams
  • 09 Phillips
  • 29 Chamakh

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 03 Rose (Kaboul - 86' )
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 20 Dawson
  • 07 Lennon
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 19 Dembele (Capoue - 57' )
  • 21 Chadli
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 09 Soldado (Defoe - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Friedel
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 16 Naughton
  • 15 Capoue
  • 17 Townsend
  • 28 Carroll
  • 18 Defoe
Ref: Clattenburg
Att: 23,285

Match Stats

Shots

5 17

On target

3 2

Corners

3 7

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.

90:00 +2:31

Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

90:00 +2:29

Clearance by Michael Dawson.

90:00 +0:49

Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:21

Clearance made by Younes Kaboul.

90:00 +0:04

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

89:51

Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

89:30

Mile Jedinak is booked.

89:30 Booking

Booking

89:21

Foul by Mile Jedinak on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded.

89:04

Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

89:03

Clearance by Hugo Lloris.

89:02

The ball is delivered by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

88:58

Kagisho Dikgacoi takes a brilliant shot. Hugo Lloris fumbles the ball.

88:54

Dwight Gayle sends in a cross.

88:41

Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.

87:58

Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.

87:03

Shot by Jermain Defoe missed to the left of goal.

86:18

Shot by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Daniel Gabbidon gets a block in.

85:46

Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

85:18 Substitution

Substitution (Spurs) makes a substitution, with Younes Kaboul coming on for Danny Rose.

84:21

Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.

84:19

Damien Delaney crosses the ball.

84:07

Damien Delaney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Hugo Lloris fumbles the ball.

84:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan Williams.

82:50 Substitution

Substitution Jermain Defoe replaces Roberto Soldado.

82:06

Kevin Phillips takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

81:31

Centre by Danny Rose.

81:21

Clearance by Etienne Capoue.

80:48

The ball is swung over by Nacer Chadli.

80:37

The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker.

79:12

Shot by Nacer Chadli missed to the left of goal.

77:27

Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.

76:50

Foul by Dwight Gayle on Danny Rose, free kick awarded.

76:47

Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

76:43

Joe Paulo Paulinho has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

76:42

Clearance by Marouane Chamakh.

76:38

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line.

76:12

Clearance made by Dean Moxey.

75:43

Clearance made by Dean Moxey.

75:34

Clearance by Damien Delaney.

75:28

Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

75:00

Dean Moxey is penalised for a handball.

74:13

Roberto Soldado manages to make a clearance.

74:06

Jonathan Williams takes the free kick.

73:42

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson on Kagisho Dikgacoi, free kick awarded.

73:33

Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

73:31

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Williams.

73:15

Dean Moxey makes a clearance.

73:12

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

72:09

Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

71:24

Shot by Nacer Chadli went wide right of the post.

68:12

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

67:23

Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.

67:18

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

66:55

Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.

66:52

Nacer Chadli crosses the ball.

66:29

Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

66:18

Jonathan Williams is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

65:50

Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

65:31 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Kevin Phillips coming on for Aaron Wilbraham.

65:19 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Marouane Chamakh coming on for Owen Garvan.

65:04 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Williams replaces Stephen Dobbie.

64:38

Shot by Dwight Gayle cleared the target.

64:14

Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

64:07

Kagisho Dikgacoi makes a clearance.

63:44

Etienne Capoue makes a clearance.

63:28

Stephen Dobbie makes a clearance.

63:09

Clearance by Kyle Walker.

62:49

Clearance made by Damien Delaney.

60:39

Etienne Capoue takes a fantastic shot and goes over the bar.

60:02

Nacer Chadli makes a clearance.

59:56

Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

59:56

The ball is crossed by Dean Moxey.

58:40

Nacer Chadli makes a clearance.

58:16

The ball is delivered by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

57:43

Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

56:41 Substitution

Substitution (Spurs) makes a substitution, with Etienne Capoue coming on for Mousa Dembele.

56:15

Clearance made by Danny Rose.

55:46

Corner from the left by-line taken by Owen Garvan.

55:31

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

55:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Dobbie.

55:11

Clearance by Danny Rose.

54:55

Hugo Lloris makes a clearance.

54:46

Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

54:18

Unfair challenge on Mile Jedinak by Danny Rose results in a free kick.

53:50

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

53:20

Joe Paulo Paulinho makes a clearance.

53:02

Gylfi Sigurdsson makes a clearance.

52:45

Daniel Gabbidon makes a clearance.

52:37

Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.

52:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Wilbraham on Joe Paulo Paulinho.

52:14

Stephen Dobbie restarts play with the free kick.

51:47

Aaron Wilbraham fouled by Michael Dawson, the ref awards a free kick.

51:29

Clearance by Kyle Walker.

50:36

Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

49:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Roberto Soldado - C Palace 0 - 1 Tottenham Penalty taken right-footed by Roberto Soldado and scored. Crystal Palace 0-1 Spurs.

48:33

Dean Moxey is adjudged to have handled the ball.

48:28

Aaron Lennon produces a cross.

47:52

Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.

47:50

Kyle Walker has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

47:43

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Mile Jedinak gets a block in.

47:39

The ball is swung over by Danny Rose.

46:39

A cross is delivered by Dean Moxey.

45:30

Clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:18 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +3:02

Header at goal by Nacer Chadli goes over the frame of the goal.

45:00 +2:59

Centre by Aaron Lennon.

45:00 +2:43

Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

45:00 +1:46

Clearance made by Danny Rose.

45:00 +0:25

Centre by Joel Ward.

45:00 +0:06

Kyle Walker sends in a cross.

44:52

Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

44:49

The ball is swung over by Kyle Walker.

40:41

Dwight Gayle fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick.

40:16

Clearance made by Damien Delaney.

40:13

Danny Rose crosses the ball.

39:32

Roberto Soldado takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Julian Speroni parries the ball but the danger is not over.

37:39

Clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.

37:35

Roberto Soldado crosses the ball.

35:53

Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

35:19

Clearance by Danny Rose.

35:19

Mile Jedinak manages to make a clearance.

34:54

Clearance by Joel Ward.

34:45

Nacer Chadli decides to take the corner short.

34:19

Shot by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Julian Speroni parries the effort to safety.

34:18

Clearance made by Mile Jedinak.

33:23

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes the free kick.

33:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mile Jedinak on Roberto Soldado.

32:59

Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.

32:46

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

32:44

Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

32:15

Kyle Walker challenges Dean Moxey unfairly and gives away a free kick.

31:10

Mile Jedinak manages to make a clearance.

31:07

The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon.

30:52

Clearance by Mile Jedinak.

29:41

Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

29:11

The ball is crossed by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

28:58

Kagisho Dikgacoi manages to make a clearance.

28:54

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

28:30

Nacer Chadli takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Kagisho Dikgacoi gets a block in.

28:06

Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

27:39

The referee blows for offside against Aaron Wilbraham.

27:10

Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Moxey.

26:42

Aaron Wilbraham gets a header at goal. Hugo Lloris safely holds on.

26:40

Free kick taken by Owen Garvan.

26:03

Danny Rose challenges Dwight Gayle unfairly and gives away a free kick.

23:47

Header by Michael Dawson goes to the left of the goal.

23:44

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line.

23:12

Clearance made by Dean Moxey.

23:10

Aaron Lennon crosses the ball.

22:29

Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

22:07

Aaron Wilbraham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose.

21:10

Danny Rose makes a clearance.

20:07

Roberto Soldado takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

20:05

Gylfi Sigurdsson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

19:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Joel Ward.

19:13

Clearance by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

19:12

Danny Rose produces a cross.

17:38

Clearance by Dwight Gayle.

15:52

Clearance by Joel Ward.

13:51

Roberto Soldado manages to make a clearance.

13:49

Roberto Soldado makes a clearance.

13:33

Joe Paulo Paulinho manages to make a clearance.

13:29

Stephen Dobbie takes the free kick.

13:09

Nacer Chadli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dwight Gayle.

12:27

Mousa Dembele takes a brilliant shot and strikes the bar.

11:57

Clearance by Damien Delaney.

11:28

Stephen Dobbie delivers the ball.

11:10

Clearance made by Mousa Dembele.

11:09

The ball is delivered by Owen Garvan.

10:44

Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

10:42

Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

10:16

Joe Paulo Paulinho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Delaney.

9:36

Danny Rose makes a clearance.

9:02

Clearance made by Aaron Wilbraham.

9:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

8:34

A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon.

7:46

Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

7:10

Header by Roberto Soldado goes to the left of the goal.

7:08

Centre by Danny Rose.

6:34

Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

4:48

Owen Garvan delivers the ball.

3:07

Julian Speroni manages to make a clearance.

2:29

Joel Ward manages to make a clearance.

2:22

Clearance by Owen Garvan.

1:09

Dean Moxey makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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