Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool: Plenty of thrills as Reds keep title pace
- Can opens scoring
- McArthur levels
- Firmino salts it away
- Reds stay level with City, Arsenal
Crystal Palace and Liverpool have staged their fair share of thrillers in recent years, and Saturday was no different as the Reds picked up a 4-2 win on NBC at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles saw a pair of first half headers from James McArthur keep up with Dejan Lovren and Emre Can’s Reds offerings, before Liverpool’s Joel Matip made it 3-2 by the break.
Roberto Firmino scored in the second half, as Liverpool rejoined Man City and Arsenal atop the Premier League table with 23 points. The Reds’ goal differential is four behind City.
Palace sits 12th, four points clear of the relegation zone.
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An open first few minutes turned into loads of Liverpool possession, and the Reds broke through with a deflected goal in the 16th minute.
Alberto Moreno made a tremendous first touch pass off a Philippe Coutinho pass, and Can turned his shot toward goal for a 1-0 lead.
Palace found an equalizer within minutes off a Liverpool mistake. Dejan Lovren made a horrible attempt at a clearance, and McArthur nodded a header over Lorius Karius to make it 1-1.
But Lovren nodded a header home for Liverpool to cap a three-minute, six-goal run and make it 2-1 Reds.
McArthur that rose to head Wilfried Zaha’s cross home to make it 2-2 after barely more than a half hour.
Palace’s Steve Mandanda flew to push Coutinho’s header off the post in the 37th minute, as the fun didn’t stop. Moments later, Sadio Mane sent a sitter over the frame off Nathaniel Clyne’s pass.
Joel Matip made it so both Liverpool center backs had a goal, heading another Reds set piece behind Mandanda in the 44th minute,
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5 - Crystal Palace v Liverpool has seen five goals scored, the most in a first-half of a PL game this season. Value.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 29, 2016
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The breakneck pace resumed after the break, with a Mane break stopped by the right foot of Mandanda in the 54th minute.
A wild sequence, even for this game, could’ve seen Zaha awarded a penalty. The ball came through for Benteke, who hit the deck, before Karius stopped Cabaye’s shot for a corner kick.
Zaha could’ve been awarded another penalty on 70th minute contact from Can, but Andre Marriner again said no.
The Eagles had a right to feel aggrieved, moreso when Firmino broke through to chip Jordan Henderson’s through ball over Mandanda within 45 seconds of the Zaha non-foul.