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Soldado with debut goal as Palace handball concedes penalty

Aug 18, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

Roberto Soldado couldn't hit a cows backside with a banjo if he tried at the moment... Getty Images

New number-9 Roberto Soldado has put Spurs ahead on his competitive debut, converting a penalty in the 51st minute.

Crystal Palace defender Dean Moxey was covering Aaron Lennon on the right-hand side of the box, and as Lennon sent in a cross it clattered Moxey’s outstretched arm.

Referee Mark Clattenburg gave the penalty, and Soldado stepped right up to take it.  Soldado went left, Palace keeper Julian Speroni went right, and Spurs went ahead 1-0.

The Eagles have been scrappy and stubborn for Spurs to deal with, but the first goal should open things up a bit in a match that has been dominated by Spurs on possession but otherwise few chances for either side.

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