Crystal Palace vs Leicester City

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Crystal Palace secured a much-needed win over Leicester due to captain Luka Milivojevic's excellent strike in an in any other case scrappy sport at Selhurst Park.
Each side struggled to create probabilities in a colorless first half till Milivojevic beat Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel from 25 yards out with a strong, curving shot.
Jamie Vardy earlier had a objective disallowed for a foul on Vicente Guaita because the returning striker caught the Palace keeper, making his Premier League debut, dawdling on the ball.
After the interval, Guaita made a high-quality save to disclaim Vardy - flicking the ball onto the within of the put up and claiming the rebound.
That was as shut as Leicester got here, with Demarai Grey and substitute Rachid Ghezzal each sliding efforts narrowly extensive.
Palace additionally failed to take advantage of the opening they discovered however held agency below concerted stress within the closing levels to assert a doubtlessly important win and transfer 5 factors away from the relegation zone.

Palace break Zaha curse

Palace had misplaced their earlier 13 league matches with out talismanic winger Wilfried Zaha - who was suspended on Saturday - a run stretching again to a Three-2 victory at Sunderland in September 2016.
The hosts nonetheless sorely missed him in opposition to Leicester, with Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew each working exhausting however missing Zaha's creativity.
Regardless of not carrying a lot menace up entrance, Palace acquired by way of with a resolute efficiency from their defence and midfield, and a second of beautiful high quality.
Townsend and Aaron Wan-Bissaka labored the ball down the proper however couldn't discover a means by way of. It discovered its technique to Milivojevic in a extra central place and the Serbia midfielder took a contact earlier than hitting a high-quality, arcing shot into the far nook.
Elsewhere, James McArthur, freed up from his nominal position on the proper of a midfield 4 to run in between the traces, was glorious and brought about Leicester issues.
And Martin Kelly - in for the suspended James Tomkins - epitomised a largely strong defensive show from the hosts, routinely beating Vardy to move clear Leicester crosses.

Luka Milivojevic's beautiful strike on the 39th minute was sufficient to separate the 2 sides. Jamie Vardy went shut late on however was denied by a surprising save from Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita who tipped the previous England striker's effort onto the publish.
Metropolis boss Claude Puel has named his facet, with 4 adjustments to the beginning lineup that misplaced 2-Zero to Tottenham Hotspur final Saturday night. Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy's return was the large information whereas Ben Chilwell was dominated out with a knee harm.

Full-time: Palace 1-Zero Metropolis

A dire day in south London for Metropolis ends in a 1-Zero defeat.
In fact, each side had been very poor, however Milivojevic’s beautiful purpose is the distinction.
Metropolis had a few alternatives within the second half, notably for Ghezzal and Vardy, however they fail to attain for the second sport working.
And a reminder of that Zaha ‘curse’: Palace had misplaced their final 13 video games with out their star man. At this time, they win.

One final likelihood to pump it in...

...and Morgan is offside, so it involves nothing.

Puncheon on for Meyer

That’s Palace’s closing change.
It doesn’t prefer it’s going to occur for Metropolis right here.

4 minutes added

There are 4 minutes for Metropolis to search out an equaliser.

Okazaki on

The Japanese striker replaces Albrighton for the ultimate couple of minutes.

Ndidi strikes over

It’s nearer than standard, not less than.
Ricardo’s cross is cleared and Ndidi hits a piledriver from 20 yards that’s a few yards over.

Nice block by Albrighton

Metropolis are pushing onerous however that provides Palace the possibility to interrupt and Albrighton does excellently to dam Townsend’s shot.

So unfortunate for Metropolis!

What an opportunity, what a save and the way unlucky for Metropolis that that didn’t go in.
Ghezzal zipped the ball into Iheanacho, who performed it across the nook for Vardy.
The no.9 simply beats the defender to the ball, poking goalwards however Guaita will get a hand on it to show it onto the publish, the ricochet bounces straight again into the grateful goalkeeper’s arms.
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