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Football: Defoe begins long goodbye from Spurs with typical goal

Published on Jan 12, 2014 6:05 AM
 
Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe celebrates his goal against Crystal Palace during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London on Jan 11, 2014. Defoe began his long goodbye from Tottenham Hotspur with his first Premier League goal of the season as the home side recovered from a poor first half to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - England striker Jermain Defoe began his long goodbye from Tottenham Hotspur with his first Premier League goal of the season as the home side recovered from a poor first half to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday.

Defoe, Spurs' fifth highest all-time scorer with 143 goals, will be joining MLS side Toronto FC in March in a six million pounds (S$12.5 million) deal and scored in the 72nd minute to guarantee all three points at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham are unbeaten in five league matches since Tim Sherwood became manager last month after the sacking of Andre-Villas Boas and the win took them up to fifth in the table.

Palace are now bottom of the standings despite having dominated an opening half in which Jason Puncheon blasted an eighth minute penalty high and wide into the crowd.

 
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