Both Gareth Bale and Harry Kane scored two goals to inspire Tottenham for their third consecutive Premier League victory at the expense of Crystal Palace.
Real Madrid’s loan striker, Bale, had Kane to thank for both of his goals, opening the goal by tapping from Kane’s cross and heading in a great second from another assist by the England striker.
Meanwhile, Christian Benteke equalized with Palace’s first effort on goal, a fine header from Luka Milivojevic’s cross.
However, while returning Wilfried Zaha hit a tripod for Roy Hodgson’s side after being introduced as a substitute, they failed to cope with the firepower available to the hosts.
Kane, who played the role of provider, opened his account for the evening with a curled 20 meters in the upper left corner, and then sent a cut by Son Heung-min to report his 24th campaign goal in all competitions.
The goal rounded out a nice display of the Spurs and brought a significant landmark, and Kane and Son have now combined more goals in one season than any other duo in Premier League history.
The result lifts Tottenham to sixth place in the table and they are now just two points away from a place with a maximum of four, with Palace remaining in 13th place.
Impressive Tottenham on the march?
Tottenham were at the top of the Premier League table when these sides met in a reversal on December 13th.
But while they stumbled with seven defeats in the magic of 12 games on either side of Christmas, the way this performance sent a sharp warning to their competitors for European places that they seem to have rediscovered the winning formula.
Much can be attributed to the attacking players to whom Jose Mourinho has the opportunity to call. And Lucas Moura, Son, Kane and Bale all had an impact during this win.
Although Moura will not be vying for the titles, the only home player to cover more pitches than the Brazilians was quarterback Matt Doherty.
Moura’s persistence and energy captured Milivojevic, allowing Kane to open Bale easily.
The Welshman, who has now scored six goals in his last six appearances for the Spurs, looks rejuvenated and was great until his retirement in the 70th minute.
The 31-year-old may be approaching the twilight years of his career, but he has once again shown his enduring quality – with great turnarounds and showing athleticism, especially when he climbed above Cheikhou Kouyate and scored his second goal of the game.
Meanwhile, Kane ‘s selfless display and clinical finishing show ensured that he became the first Spurs player to score two or more goals and assist in the same Premier League game for the club since Jurgen Klinsmann against Wimbledon in May 1998.
Had he frustrated Tottenham early with their regimented approach, Hodgson would have angered the way his side was lagging behind.
He did not arrive from the moment of the spell of Kane, Son or Bale.
Nor from the particularly offensive game came the opening of two banks of four visiting players patrolling the space in front of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
Instead, it came from their poorly judged attempt to play from behind, and captain Milivojevic lost possession to Moura, and the rest was done by Kane and Bale.
However, while the Eagles’ boss seemed pleased with their response, and Milivojevic atoned for his mistake, after the equalizer they failed to make any effort in the target.
Although Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jeffrey Schlupp were familiar with how to inject tempo and threat along with Zaha, it proved to be a difficult dinner to be influenced.
Palace’s pass in the last third of the field lacked precision too many times, and that ensured the end of the race without defeat, which left them in a strong position to maintain their status in the Premier League.
‘We are in a positive moment’ – what they said
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho for BBC Sport: “Those were good goals. The first Harry Kane was magnificent. We played good football.
“It seems silly to say, but I’m happy for the goal conceded. My feeling in the 10 minutes of the first half was that if we finished 1-0, we might start the second half the same way.
“We lost a bit of hunger and desire to attack. We were too passive, we had control. We made a mistake and conceded a goal. So I had a positive feeling when we admitted.
“In the second half we had to go with everything. Then there was the feeling that the difference of one goal was not enough, and then we made 2-1 and immediately after that we went to 3-1.
“I was pleased with the attitude, the feeling and the mischievous smile of scoring 100 goals in the season, and we are a defensive team. It was a good week for us – three matches, nine points, no injuries and everyone is coming back. They are in a positive moment. “
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson talks to BBC Sport: “I’m not good at taking positive results from the game when I saw the team lose from four goals to one. I thought we were severely penalized by the quality of the goals and some quality of the game in the last third.
“I don’t think we could have been punished so severely the other day. And we could also add a goal we scored in some part of the game in the second half, which was a good goal.
“I thought we came across a Tottenham team tonight that is in good shape. They had all their great players and their really quality players shooting at all the cylinders. As a result, they sometimes overwhelmed us and as a result won the game. “
- Only Manchester City leader (35) has earned more points at home in this season’s Premier League than Tottenham Hotspur (24).
- Tottenham’s fourth goal was the 100th in all competitions this season, becoming the second club in the European Big Five to achieve that result in 2020-21, after Bayern Munich (106).
- Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson failed to win all six Premier League games with Spurs Jose Mourinho (D3 L3), a joint he faced with a particular manager in the competition without winning (on par with Jurgen Klopp).
- Crystal Palace’s goal was from their first shot of the match, and their only goal.
- Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has scored in each of his last three home appearances in all competitions, the first time he has done so since September 2018 for Real Madrid (four in a row) and the first time for the Spurs since May 2013.
- Harry Kane has been directly involved in 40 goals in 36 games this season in all competitions for Tottenham (24 goals and 16 assists), the most of all players in a Premier League club.
- Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min have now availed themselves of 14 Premier League goals this season, breaking Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s previous record in the competition of 13, set in 1994-95 for Blackburn.
- Since the first Belgian Premier League season (2012-13), only Olivier Giroud (32) has more goals in competition than Christian Benteke (29) from Crystal Palace.
Tottenham will face Croatian Dinamo Zagreb in the first match of the last final in the European League on Thursday, March 11 (20:00 GMT). The next Premier League game comes when they travel to Arsenal for the North London derby on Sunday, March 14 (16:30 GMT).
Crystal Palace will host West Brom fighters in its next Premier League schedule on Saturday, March 13 (15:00 GMT).
- 2DohertyBooked for 90 minutes
- 6D Sánchez
- 8He winksReplaced bySissokou 70 ‘minutes
- 9BaleReplaced byAn appleu 70 ‘minutes
- 27Lucas Moura
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 10KaneReplaced byAlves Moraisu 80 ‘minutesBooked for 90 minutes
- 11An apple
- 45Alves Morais
- 24CahillBooked for 35 minutes
- 3van Aanholt
- 10TownsendReplaced bySlipu 65 ‘minutes
- 44RiedewaldBooked for 48 minutes
- 25EzeReplaced byZahau 45 ‘minutes
- 20BentekeReplaced byMatetau 74 ‘minutes
- 9J AyewBooked in 29 minutes
Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Crystal Palace 1.
End of the second half, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Crystal Palace 1.
Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham Hotspur) was booked.
Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur) has been booked for his foul.
Foul by Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur).
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) takes the free-kick.
Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham Hotspur) takes the free-kick in the attacking half.
Offense by Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace).
Offside, Crystal Palace. Jean-Philippe Mateta tries to trap the ball but Wilfried Zaha gets caught offside.
Offside, Crystal Palace. Patrick van Aanholt tries to head the ball to a team mate, but Jean-Philippe Mateta is caught offside.
Attempted miss by Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace) is a header from the middle of the penalty area. Assisted by Luka Milivojević with a cross from the corner.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Courtesy of Toby Alderweireld.
Offside, Crystal Palace. Luka Milivojević tries to trap the ball but Wilfried Zaha gets caught offside.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Carlos Vinícius replaces Harry Kane.
VAR decision: Goal Tottenham Hotspur – Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Crystal Palace (Harry Kane).
Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Crystal Palace 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) heads from close range to the center of the goal. With the help of Son Heung-Min.Goal confirmed after a VAR review.
Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) shoots with a left foot from the right side of the penalty area. Assisted by Matt Doherty.
Replacement, Crystal Palace. Jean-Philippe Mateta replaces Christian Benteke.
Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) takes the free-kick in the offensive half.
Misdemeanor of Luka Milivojević (Crystal Palace).