* Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in new stadium

* Son Heung-min’s deflected 55th-minute shot put Spurs ahead

* Christian Eriksen wrapped up the points in the 80th minute

* Pre-match ceremony marked opening of the new 62,000 seater

* Spurs had dominated possession in the opening period

* Harry Kane and Eriksen both spurned chances to score

* Tottenham face Huddersfield next, Crystal Palace at Newcastle

By Martyn Herman


LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur marked their long-awaited homecoming with a vital 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the first Premier League game at their new stadium on Wednesday to revive their faltering top-four hopes.

It was hardly a classic to mark the official opening of Tottenham’s spectacular 62,062-seat stadium, but second-half goals by Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen ended a slump which had seen them reeled in by the chasing pack.

Victory lifted Spurs back into third spot having been overtaken by local rivals Arsenal at the weekend.

After a six-month delay the one billion pounds ($1.32 billion) arena finally opened for business but until Son opened the scoring in the 55th minute the occasion was in danger of falling flat.

The South Korean cut in from the right and his left-foot strike took a hefty deflection to beat keeper Vicente Guaita.

Eriksen then sealed Tottenham’s first win in six league games when he scored from close range in the 80th minute.

Victory lifted Spurs to 64 points from 32 games with Arsenal on 63 having played a game less. Chelsea also have 63 while Manchester United are on 61 in the race for Champions League spots.

($1 = 0.7601 pounds) (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)


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