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Southampton vs Crystal Palace Match Report

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Zaha shooting against Southampton

Southampton and Crystal Palace were two teams that had almost guaranteed another season in the Premier League, but a win for either side would likely secure their safety. The Saints went 1-0 up from a James Ward-Prowse corner finding Romeu in the middle. Which wasn’t surprising as Palace have one of the worst records in the league for conceding from set-pieces.

Southampton were the better side in the first half with Palace’s defence looking pressed at times. However, The Eagles were rampant after the break and Eze managed to get the equaliser in the 60th minute.

Wilfried Zaha didn’t start which was a surprise to see, but he came on shortly after the goal and managed to steal the game at the death with a great individual goal in injury time. The final score was 2-1 to Palace which takes them up to 41 points in 12th place.

Keep reading to see the key events in the game and our player ratings for the match here.

First half

  • Romeu opened the scoring for Southampton in the first 10 minutes. Ward-Prowse delivered a great corner in and the midfielder was there to head it against the crossbar and watch it bounce in. It was a powerful header, but Guaita should’ve maybe got a glove to it.
  • Some good hold-up play by Mateta led to a Palace attack and Bednarek getting a yellow card. However, the referee also Mateta booked for aggression after the challenge from the Southampton defender
  • Schlupp delivered a great ball into the area from the left and Gallagher arrived late but couldn’t head on target.
  • Guaita looked uncomfortable with a few passes back to him on his left foot. One from Eze he kicked out of play for a corner as he was put under pressure from the Southampton striker.
  • Some nice link-up play between Schlupp and Mateta led to the Frenchman getting a good shot away, but Forster saved it easily at his near post.
  • Ayew was called up for a sliding studs-up tackle on the edge of the Southampton area and rightly received a yellow card.
  • Gallagher crossed the ball and a deflection off Ward-Prowse looked like it was going to take in over Forster for a second but it went just over the bar.
  • A late chance in the first half from a corner from Eze found Ayew who glanced it on goal. Forster parried it away but only as far as McArthur who managed another headed effort on goal, but the Southampton keeper saved it comfortably.

Second half

  • Early pressure from Palace led to a penalty appeal from a cross and a chance for Mateta from another Gallagher ball in.
  • Bednarek was all over Eze on the halfway line with both arms around him and really should’ve had another yellow. Lucky for him that it was still early in the second half so the ref let it go.
  • A chance fell to Schlupp but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet to score a tap in on the edge of the 6-yard box.
  • Ayew played in Clyne on the overlap and the right-back swung in a great ball which found Eze at the back post. He hit it first time with his left foot and it went between the legs of Forster to make it 1-1 to Palace. This was Eze’s first goal in 11 months!
  • Zaha came on for Mateta in the 64th minute although it looked like Eze was going to make way before he got the equaliser.
  • Gallagher was furious after being taken down in the penalty area with the ref waving it away. VAR deemed that there wasn’t enough in it for a penalty, maybe this was because Gallagher was already stumbling when the challenge came in.
  • Another chance for Palace in the 73rd minute as Schlupp came off for Olise.
  • Zaha played a great through ball to Olise who could’ve shot with his right but he tried to cut it back onto his favoured left foot which allowed the defender to make a vital tackle.
  • Will Hughes got a run out after he came on for the goal scorer Eze in the 83rd minute.
  • McArthur played the ball into Zaha who had his back to goal on the edge of the area. He had a lot to do, but he managed to turn with two touches, get a shot away, and watched it hit the post and go in! Taking Palace 2-1 up in the 92nd minute of the match.

This was Crystal Palace’s first win from behind all season something that Patrick Vieira would’ve wanted to change and Zaha did exactly that. A great effort from The Eagles and it was great to see the amount of quality on the bench today.

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Crystal Palace vs Southampton Match Report & Highlights

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Odsonne Edouard scoring against Southampton

Crystal Palace hosted Southampton for the Saturday afternoon match and came away with their third consecutive home win. In-form striker Odsonne Edouard scored the only goal of the match in the first half and then Palace defended well in the second half.

It was The Eagles’ final home match before the league stops for the World Cup so it was a vital win going into the final two Premier League matches.

Keep reading to see the match summary and the highlights at the end.

First Half

  • Palace got an early free-kick after Zaha was brought down just outside the area. Milivojevic took it, but it was too close to the goal for the ball to get enough dip and be on target.
  • A dangerous corner from James Ward-Prowse left the Palace defence scrambling to get the ball clear.
  • Olise was brought down cynically and then delivered the ball into the area, but the keeper comfortably punched it out for a corner.
  • Another foul for Palace when Joel Ward was barged off the ball down the right-hand side. Olise’s delivery was well-defended though.
  • Schlupp managed to turn the defender and sprint into Southampton’s penalty area before cutting it back for Milivojevic who had his shot deflected out.
  • A beautiful touch from Eze allowed him to play Zaha in on the left, who squared it for Edouard, but the Frenchman couldn’t get a touch on it to slot it home. He may well have been offside anyway had it gone in.
  • Palace had a penalty shout as Olise appeared to be brought down in the area. On second look, there wasn’t enough in it for it to be a foul.
  • Che Adams was through on goal with Andersen tracking back. The Southampton striker managed to get a shot off and hit the post, but the linesman finally put up his flag for offside.
  • Palace played it around nicely, with Milivojevic finding Eze who had a long-distance effort saved and out for a corner.
  • Moments later Eze had another effort on goal, although Edouard and Zaha were both screaming for the ball.
  • Palace managed to score, but Olise was offside in the build-up to the goal so Edouard’s nutmeg through the keeper’s legs was chalked off.
  • Palace should’ve been in front with all these chances and another fell to Andersen from a corner, but the header was comfortable for Buzunu.
  • Finally, Palace took the lead through a well-worked goal. Zaha won the ball back and played in Mitchell down the left before cutting it back for Edouard to poke it home. 1-0 to The Eagles.

Second Half

  • Elyounoussi had an early effort on goal in the second half and the Southampton players were shouting for handball. VAR decided no penalty as the ball hit Guehi’s foot before touching his hand.
  • Down the other end, Olise was running at The Saints’ defence and ended up unleashing an effort with his weaker right foot. The shot was blocked and Edouard was offside when picking up the rebound.
  • Palace were under pressure in the second half. Adams won a header against Andersen to find Ward-Prowse who then played a great through ball back to him only for Guaita to make a crucial to keep Palace in the lead.
  • Another chance for The Saints as Armstrong travelled down the left flank and unleashed an effort on goal only for Guaita to make another top save.
  • Moments later Armstrong had another effort on goal, this time hitting the outside of the post and then coming back and hitting Ward for a corner.
  • Zaha had a lot of time running at the Southampton left-back that he took too long and saw his poor left-footed effort easily blocked.
  • Mitchell gave the ball away in a dangerous area and Southampton were able to get an effort on goal, but Guaita made another vital save.
  • Jordan Ayew attacked down the right wing and managed to find a cross into Schlupp, but a Southampton defender blocked it.
  • Olise broke away from his man in the Palace half and made ground before finding Ayew. The Ghana international had so much time, but couldn’t pick out Zaha in the middle! Really should’ve been 2-0 with the match over.

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Crystal Palace vs Wolves Match Report & Highlights

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Eze celebrating his goal with Olise in the background

Crystal Palace managed to get their second win in three matches on Tuesday night when they faced Wolves at home. The Eagles went behind in the first half but returned in the second half with Eze and Zaha getting on the scoresheet.

Keep reading to see the key match points and the highlights at the end.

First half

  • Early on Doucoure almost got his first goal for the Eagles when he smacked the post from a long-range effort.
  • Diego Costa should have scored for Wolves, but Ward stuck with him and Guaita made a vital save.
  • Wolves had another effort on goal, but it was deflected wide for a corner.
  • Olise and Eze stood over the ball for a free kick and Eye took it and fired it wide.
  • Andersen had an effort on goal after Eze’s second delivery in from a corner.
  • A quick cross-in from Wolves led to the first goal of the game, Traore headed home from close range.
  • On the edge of halftime, Schlupp found Zaha but he couldn’t keep his shot down blazing it over with his left foot.
  • Doucoure was the first Palace player in the book after bringing down Traore on a run on goal.
  • Palace got lucky when Ruben Neves smacked the post from the free kick of this foul. That was half-time.

Second half

  • Within two minutes of the restart, Palace equalised through a great team goal that started with Eze in the middle of the pitch and ended with Olise crossing it to him to head home. Clearly, Vieira’s half-time team talk pushed the players to fight back fast.
  • Edouard couldn’t get enough on his shot to work the keeper and the ball didn’t fall right for Olise. Ward followed it up but was penalised for a foul on the Wolves keeper.
  • Zaha showed great strength and resilience when he battled three Wolves players in his own half and came away with the ball. This led to some great build-up play and finally an acrobatic bicycle-kick effort from Edouard who wasn’t far off the goal. It would’ve been one of the goals of the season had it gone in.
  • Andersen played a great ball to Mitchell to attack the Wolves’ penalty area. The ball fell to Eze who set up Zaha, but Jose Sa made a comfortable save.
  • Moments later, Eze played a great through ball to Edouard who then found Zaha in the middle. He had another time to take a touch and then smash it past the keeper, 2-1 Palace.
  • Late on down the other end though, Wolves still posed a threat when Collins missed a sitter. The referee did blow for offside though so it wouldn’t have counted if he did score.

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Leicester vs Crystal Palace Match Report & Highlights

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Olise under pressure from Dewsbury-Hall

The match between Crystal Palace and Leicester was one that we didn’t want to rewatch on Match of the Day. It ended in a 0-0 draw with the match being very scrappy and Palace only having one shot on target in the match.

If Leicester had more confidence on the day they would’ve won easily so Palace were lucky to come away with a point. As Milivojevic said after the game, the positive to take away from the game is that it’s a clean sheet away from home.

Palace now host Wolves at home on Tuesday night and Vieira will hope his team can get into better-attacking positions then.

Keep reading for the brief match summary points as well as the highlights.

First half

  • The ball came to Doucoure on the edge of the area who then found Zaha but he got too much under the ball and it went much too high.
  • Down the other end, Daka, tested Guaita with a powerful shot but the Spaniard easily parried it away for a corner.
  • Guehi had a chance to put Palace ahead but he headed it over the bar when he really should’ve found the target. He looked frustrated with himself.
  • Zaha found Eze in the middle of the pitch with enough time and space to line up a shot and forced Danny Ward to make a save.

Second half

  • Milivojevic and Riedewald on for Mitchell and Doucoure
  • Castagne had an effort from long range but it was a comfortable catch for Guaita.
  • Maddison then watched a scuffed effort dribble past the post.
  • Patient build-up from Palace led to Edouard having a good effort on goal, but Leicester’s keeper saved it easily.
  • Zaha came off for Mateta, the Ivory Coast international wasn’t happy about being taken off, but he never got into the match.
  • Maddison’s corner into Castagne caused a scare for palace fans but Guaita handled it well.
  • Iheahanacho’s effort on goal from a short corner
  • A minute later the Nigerian international caused more trouble with Dewsbury-Hall going close and claiming handball.
  • Maddison went down in the area in stoppage time from a challenge from Milivojevic but the referee saw it clearly and immediately booked Maddison for simulation.

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