Juan Foyth Scores the Winner as Tottenham Scrapes Past Crystal Palace

Juan Foyth made up from his uninspiring debut last week by scoring the winner against Crystal Palace on Saturday, moving Tottenham level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League table. 
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Tottenham defender Juan Foyth had an uncomfortable debut in the Premier League last weekend.

His second game in England's top flight went a whole lot better.

The 20-year-old Argentine center back scored a second-half goal to earn Spurs a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace that moved them level on points with second-place Chelsea and Liverpool in the standings.

A week ago, Foyth made his first appearance in the Premier League and gave away two penalties in Tottenham's 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

''What a difference a week makes,'' read a tweet from Tottenham after the match.

Signed from Estudiantes in the 2017 offseason, Foyth is getting a run in the first team only because of an injury crisis that has robbed Tottenham this season of nine of its 12 players who featured in the World Cup in Russia.

The latest casualties were Colombia center back Davinson Sanchez, who injured his hamstring in the Champions League in midweek, and England right back Kieran Trippier, who hobbled off injured midway through the first half against Palace.

Without even hitting its stride this season, Tottenham is firmly in contention in the title race.

Five of its last six wins in the league have been by a one-goal margin, with the only league defeat since mid-September coming at home to leader Manchester City.

''This type of game is crucial in the battle for the top four,'' Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. ''This is one of the toughest stadiums to play in. The three points are massive.''