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Palace lose it late against Liverpool

November 23 2019

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to league leaders Liverpool.

It was Palace's fourth defeat in five matches during a difficult run of games against top-six sides, but they deserved more from this game.

Roy Hodgson's men thought they had taken the lead just before the break when James Tomkins headed in Luka Milivojevic's free-kick at the back post. But after a VAR check, it was ruled out as Jordan Ayew was adjudged to have fouled Dejan Lovren.

Four minutes into the second half, Sadio Mane grabbed the opener for Liverpool with a shot that went in off both posts that Patrick van Aanholt failed to hack off the line.

Palace equalised in the 82nd minute with a well-worked team goal involving substitute Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend who set up Wilfried Zaha to slot home from six yards.

But Roberto Firmino snatched a winner three minutes later as the Palace defence were unable to clear the danger from a Reds corner.

Zaha then fluffed an excellent opportunity to notch another equaliser when he fired over from close range.

Palace: Guaita, Ward (Kelly 70), Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Kouyate (Schlupp 72), McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew (Benteke 78).

Not used: Hennessey, Dann, McCarthy, Meyer.

Liverpool: Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Origi 65), Henderson (Milner 81), Firmino (Gomez 90), Mane.

Not used: Adrian, Keita, Salah, Lallana.

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