Crystal Palace 2 (Edouard 24′, Eze 76′)
Leeds United 1 (Struijk 10′)
- Palace – Guaita (GK), Ward (C), Guehi, Olise (Hughes 85’), Ayew (Milivojevic 65’), Eze, Zaha, Schlupp, Andersen, Edouard (Mateta 86’), Doucoure (Mitchell 65’). Subs not used: Johnstone (GK), Tomkins, Ebiowei, Riedewald, Gordon.
- Leeds – Meslier (GK), Koch, Cooper (C), Aaronson (Klich 76′), Roca (Gelhardt 84′), Bamford (Summerville 62′), Harrison, Adams, Rodrigo, Struijk, Kristensen (Ayling 84′). Substitutes aren’t used for lessons (GK), Llorente, Gyabi, Gnonto, and Greenwood.
Venue: Selhurst Park
Referee: Paul Tierney
Booked: Doucoure, Guehi, Olise (Palace) Struijk, Kristensen (Leeds)
Despite going into an early lead at Selhurst Park, Leeds United suffered defeat away from home against Crystal Palace in this Premier League encounter.
The opening half of the game started with a rapid pace and the Whites had the upper hand in the beginning. The intensity and pressure forced an error from the Palace backline as the goalkeeper Vicente Guaita struggled to control a powerful back pass which led to the ball landing on Jack Harrison who in turn was substituted by Patrick Bamford, but the striker was unable to take advantage.
In the opening 10 minutes, the pressure will pay off. A brilliant strike from Brenden Aaronson led to the goal as he cut through several bodies, before slamming his shot on the line. When the ball rebounded, Pascal Struijk was alert and calm enough to shoot in the corner of the goal, putting Jesse Marsch’s team ahead.
Leeds continued to exert pressure, and they were still creating lots of opportunities. Tyler Adams broke free in midfield and was able to play Bamford into the goal. United’s number nine was forced to make a superb diving stop from Guaita who left the score at a level.
Palace Then began to gain an advantage in the game and eventually equalized with under 25 minutes left. A free-kick from the right was taken by Michael Olise and found Odsonne Edouard’s head. Odsonne Edouard, fired through the air to strike the ball that bounced up high to in the bottom of the net.
Set pieces then became regular on both sides, with a few minor fouls occurring. The earlier booked Cheick Doucoure received an ultimatum warning following another offense. Marc Guehi followed his teammate into the book for the latter was dragging his opponent down Bamford who was speeding away.
It was the last chance for cards and chances before the break, during an enjoyable second half at South London, as the two teams entered the locker room on the same in terms.
HALF TIME: Crystal Palace 1-1 Leeds United
The second period began with the same tempo and both teams went off from their half-time talks determined to beat the other team.
The first major change was scored by the home side when Jordan Ayew found space in the box to fire but a great slide from Rasmus Kristensen was able to deflect the shot into the net.
In the next corner, Joachim Andersen had a header saved. A few minutes later, Olise was denied a shot in the goal block again with the help of Allan Meslier.
Each coach went to their benches shortly at the end of an hour and made changes to the front line. After putting in a lot of effort throughout the match, Bamford was replaced by Crysencio Summerville. Patrick Vieira swapped Ayew and Doucoure in favor of Luka Milivojevic as well as Trick Mitchell.
After a time of few chances during the game and with just 15 minutes left the home team took the lead. A brief playing around the box opened up a scoring opportunity for Eberechi Eze who drove low into the corner from just outside the box.
Following scoring, Palace had many chances to score as Palace kept their advantage and thwarted Whites Whites until the end of the match to take the three points.
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