Wilfried Zaha scored the winner as Crystal Palace opened its Premier League bid with a 1-0 victory at home to Southampton.
Ralph Hasenhuttl ‘s men made a brilliant start and looked aggressive with their one-touch shooting, soaking up Palace’s fire.
But against the play run from Roy Hodgson’s side, who left new signings from Michy Batshuayi and Eberechi Eze on the bench, they took the lead after Zaha coolly volleyed in Andros Townsend’s cross on their first chance.
The Eagles dominated the defensive battle from that time on, putting tonnes of men behind the ball, compactly defending, and hitting visitors at the break.
Hasenhuttl put Jannik Vestergaard on at the break and with Che Adams, the Saints had their moments stopped by the brilliant save of Vicente Guiana.
Their hopes of saving the game have been raised by overturning a red card given for a heavy boot to Kyle Walker-Peters after referee Jon Moss looked at replays.
But the Saints, with Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond on the fringes, were reduced to a few chances for victory as the home side held on.