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A first goal with history: Werner thanks his Tottenham teammates

A first goal with history: Werner thanks his Tottenham teammates

With his first goal in a Tottenham shirt, Timo Werner began the turnaround against Oliver Glasner's Crystal Palace. This made it easier for him to endure another scene.

Relaxed celebration: Timo Werner after the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.
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Timo Werner said in mid-February that he had become happier since he started playing for Tottenham. Indeed, one can at least speculate whether the 57-time national team player will score the goal he scored against Crystal Palace on Saturday in the first half of the season wearing an RB Leipzig shirt.

The fact that he scored for Tottenham for the first time in the 77th minute, when he sent a low cross from Brennan Johnson into the net to make it 1-1 and thus start the turnaround, had history: in a first half, in which there was little closeness between Spurs, Werner missed. Hugely great opportunity. After running towards goalkeeper Sam Johnston alone from almost the halfway line, he tried in vain to get around him.

“It would have been terrible to have missed two chances like that.”

But Werner did not let himself be troubled, thanks in part to his team-mates. “They stood behind me in the first half and said I have to keep going,” Werner said after the 3-1 home win, which Christian Romero (80) and captain Heung-Min Son (88) mastered. “It's always a great feeling when you have a group around you that doesn't say anything about it. They supported me, it helped me and the whole team helped me. It would have been terrible if I had missed two chances like that in one game.”

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Werner last scored on October 28 when Leipzig beat 1. FC Köln 6-0 from the penalty spot. In the Premier League, the former Chelsea player celebrated his 11th appearance in his 62nd appearance. Coach Ange Postecoglou, who will be without striker Richarlison in the coming weeks, praised his loan signing as a “very good performance”. Werner posed a “permanent danger” to the guests surrounding the new coach, Oliver Glasner.

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While they have already been eliminated from all cup competitions, Tottenham are still fighting for Champions League participation in the league. With one game less, they are five points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, who won 3-2 at Luton Town – and are Tottenham's next opponents next Sunday.