Premier League
25 November 2017
Game week
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2 - 1
Selhurst Park (London)


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53' X. Shaqiri (G) (assist by: R. Shawcross)*
R. Loftus-Cheek (G) 56' (assist by: A. Townsend)
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M. Sakho (G) 90'+2
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That's all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
Palace pick up just their second victory of the season after a late winner from Sakho deep into injury time here! A terrific game, with both teams really going for it in the second half. Shawcross should've scored for Stoke just minutes earlier and that would've probably have given Stoke the victory, but he somehow misses it. Then Palace pile on the pressure late on and nick a winner, to send Selhurst Park into raptures.
90'+4 That's the final whistle!
90'+2 GOOOAAALLL PALACE! They’ve done it! Sakho with the vital final touch to put the ball into the back of the net. Zaha does brilliantly to work some space down the left, he whips a cross into the box which Cabaye takes down and his shot fires off the near post, it then bounces perfectly to Sakho who has a simple tap-in just a couple of yards out.
Palace are camped inside the Stoke half at the moment, the Potters just can't break out, they are piling on the pressure in added time.
90' There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played here.
88' Both teams are throwing everything at this game, trying to get the winning goal, but there are just a couple of minutes left on the clock. Is there one last chance?
86' HOW DID HE MISS? Shawcross somehow doesn't score for Stoke, after appearing to have an open goal from just a couple of yards out! Shaqiri whips a terrific ball into the box and the Stoke skipper was completely unmarked, he then just has to tap the ball into the back of an empty net, but he gets it all wrong and ends up making a superb clearance instead. He can't believe it.
84' James Tomkins is shown a yellow card for a late sliding challenge on Shaqiri, the Stoke man was just too fast for the Palace defender and Tomkins brought him down with a clear foul.
81' Zouma is limping at the moment after a coming together with Zaha, it looks to be a thigh problem but he is continuing here, as it looks like he can run the problem off.
79' Good spell from Stoke here, they are keeping Palace camped inside their own half as the Potters continue to pile players forward and look to create another goalscoring chance. They are now able to go slightly more direct with Crouch on the pitch to win the headers, perfect for knock-downs to the likes of Jese and Shaqiri who are playing off the striker.
76' CHANCE STOKE! Jese with a great opportunity just seconds after coming onto the pitch! Crouch with a terrific knock down from a long ball, which fell perfectly to the feet of Jese, but he drilled his effort just wide of the Palace goal.
74' Stoke make their second substitution, with Mame Biram Diouf not looking too happy to come off the pitch, but he is being replaced by the on-loan PSG man, Jesé.
72' Not long to go here at Selhurst Park, neither side has really threatened to score since the two goals minutes apart earlier in the second half, with both keepers looking comfortable, still lacking quality in the final area of the pitch.
70' STAT: Palace have scored two or more goals in three consecutive top-flight matches at Selhurst Park for the first time since August 1991. Can they get another here today and pick up their second victory of the season?
67' Stoke make their first change of the afternoon, with Ramadan Sobhi the man making away and on as his replacement is Peter Crouch.
Shaqiri is abruptly brought down around 35 yards out from goal by Milivojevic, after another superb run forward. The winger takes the resulting free-kick, but opts to go for goal himself and he gets it all wrong, firing it high over the crossbar.
65' The game is end-to-end at the moment, with a terrific pace to it as both teams are eager to get on the score-sheet once again.
63' Kevin Wimmer is shown the first yellow card of the game for a bodycheck on Benteke as Palace tried to break forward on the counter-attack.
61' Things have settled down again after a hectic few minutes when the two goals went in. Hughes may be thinking about making a change of his own now as Palace are looking dangerous going forward and are being spurred on by this superb home support.
59' STAT: Xherdan Shaqiri has now scored three goals and assisted five so far in 2017-18. He was directly involved in just six goals last season.
56' Townsend whipped a low ball into the box, picking out Lofus-Cheek perfectly at the far post and the on-loan Chelsea man did the rest.
GOOOAAALLL! PALACE EQUALISE! Less than three minutes later Palace have levelled the scoreline. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is completly unmarked at the far post as a low dipping cross came into the box and he met it perfectly to fire it past Grant and into the back of the net. Poor defending by Stoke just moments after taking the lead, but Palace will be delighted.
53' Shawcross with the assist but all the magic came from Shaqiri, a terrific goal from a wonderful player.
GOOOAAALLL STOKE LEAD! Shaqiri with a superb individual goal to give the Potters the lead here! A fantastic solo run, skipping past four Palace defenders with none of them getting close enough to the Swiss player, who then unleashing a powerful strike at goal from the edge of the box which gives Hennessey no chance. Excellent finish.
52' CHANCE PALACE! Benteke with a great chance for the hosts, after finding space between the Stoke defence, he was fed the ball by Cabaye, but the striker looked a tad rusty as his shot from close range found the side netting.
50' With Benteke on the pitch now for Palace, they can start to put the ball into the penalty area more often, with the striker having excellent quality in the air and can compete against the Stoke central defenders, unlike Zaha and Townsend in the first half.
48' Bright and fast start by both sides here in the opening few minutes of the second half, both sets of supporters are getting well behind their sides and making a cracking atmosphere here at Selhurst Park.
46' Palace have made a substitution at half-time, with James McArthur being replaced by Christian Benteke.
The second half is underway!
It's goalless here at Selhurst Park with both sides showing plenty of desire, but missing the quality to make the breakthrough. Shaqiri and McArthur having the best chances for their respective teams, but neither keeper has really been tested other than that.
45'+2 That's the half-time whistle!
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes of added time played here.
42' STAT: Palace have never lost to Stoke in four previous Premier League meetings at Selhurst Park, winning three games and drawing the other.
40' Can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle? Both teams have had chances to score but they have lacked the final quality touch to finish the chance off.
38' CHANCE PALACE! A goalmouth scramble in the six-yard box after James McArthur wins the initial header over Kurt Zouma, but his header deflects off the Stoke defender, it then bounces right in the middle of the goal just a couple of yards out. Lee Grant does brilliantly to dive off his line and pounce on the ball, making it stick straight away with the Palace man lurking for the rebound.
35' Palace starting to show a bit more urgency here and are looking to get in front before the break. However, it is far too easy for Stoke at the moment in defence, they are clearing everything with ease and look very comfortable.
32' We're past the half an hour mark here at Selhurst Park and it is certainly Stoke who are in the ascendency and looking the more dangerous side, they are creating far more opportunities and keeping Palace penned inside their own half.
30' STAT: Palace have collected five points from their opening 12 Premier League games - only Everton in 1994-95 have escaped relegation from such a poor start to the season.
28' Ramadan was caught by a late one from Cabaye but no foul was given. However on replay it looks a certain foul and the referee should've spotted that. The Stoke man looks in some discomfort following the challenge.
26' Palace are starting to look a little exposed at the back, with Stoke starting to find more and more space in behind and between the lines.
24' CHANCE STOKE! Shaqiri with an excellent chance to open the scoring here and he should've scored! Darren Fletcher intercepts the ball in midfield, spots Shaqiri making a run behind the defence and plays a perfect pass straight into his path. However, the Swiss international seems to get the ball stuck under his feet and has to cut inside, before firing a weak shot at goal which forces Hennessey into a good save.
22' Despite an entertaining game of football so far, neither side has tested the opposing goalkeeper, with both yet to make a save. Quality lacking in the final third so far.
20' Terrible free-kick! Shaqiri's set piece is overhit and misses every single Stoke player that has come forward for the free-kick, it ends up going out for a throw-in on the other side of the pitch. Mark Hughes is not impressed in the slightest.
19' Free-kick in a decent position for Stoke as Joel Ward gets the wrong side of Ramadan Sobhi and pulls him down. The referee has no hesitation in awarding a free-kick close to the edge of the penalty area down the left wing. Shaqiri is standing over the ball...
16' CHANCE PALACE! Zaha gets his first opportuntity to run at the Stoke defence, as he defeats two Stoke players before pulling it across the box where Loftus-Cheek is waiting but Eric Pieters reacts quickly to get across and block the shot, just in time!
15' STAT: The Potters, like Palace and Everton, have conceded 24 goals; only West Ham, with 26, have let in more.
13' Palace haven't been able to gets the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Wilfried Zaha on the ball yet, arguably two of the most skillful and dangerous players in an Eagles shirt. When Palace don't have Christian Benteke on the pitch, they have to look for another route to goal and at the moment they haven't quite figured that out yet.
10' Better from Stoke, they did well to withstand the early couple of minutes pressure by the hosts and they are now looking comfortable in possession themselves, stringing plenty of passes together in the Palace half.
8' Decent chance Stoke! Joe Allen does brilliantly to skip past three Palace defenders in the penalty area, they caught get close enough to him to make the tackle. The Welshman pulls the ball back to Xherdan Shaqiri on the edge of the area, he takes a touch and then has his shot well blocked and out for a corner. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
7' Roy Hodgson's side are unbeaten in their last three home games, winning one and drawing two. However, Mark Hughes' side are unbeaten in their last two away league games, winning one and drawing the other.
4' Andros Townsend did brilliantly to work space in the penalty area, he looked ready to fire a shot at goal from a tight angle but instead took another took and was eventually crowded out by the Stoke defence. He made the wrong decision there.
3' This is a good bright start by Palace, they are dominating possession here and spraying the ball around the pitch well, keeping Stoke camped inside their own half.
2' The atmosphere inside Selhurst Park is terrific, with the home supporters really getting behind their side as they look to try and make a good early start. Palace are bottom of the table with just five points so far, a further five points off safety.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out here at Selhurst Park and kick-off is almost upon us, stay tuned for all of the match action!
Head-to-head: Stoke's 1-0 home victory over Palace when the sides last met in February ended a seven-game winless run against the Eagles in all competitions. However, the Potters have not won at Selhurst Park since a 3-1 victory in the Championship in October 2007.
The Potters are unchanged from the side that drew against Brighton on Monday. Whilst Palace have made two changes to their starting line-up, with Wayne Hennessey back in goal for the Eagles and James Tomkins replaces Scott Dann in the heart of the defence.
STOKE SUBS: Haugaard, Jese, Afellay, Martins Indi, Adam, Crouch, Edwards.
STOKE (3-4-2-1): Grant (GK); Zouma, Wimmer, Shawcross (C); Pieters, Fletcher, Allen, Diouf; Sobhi, Shaqiri; Choupo-Moting.
PALACE SUBS: Speroni, Van Aanholt, Dann, Benteke, Fosu-Mensah, Sako, Puncheon
PALACE (4-4-2): Hennessey (GK); Ward, Tomkins, Sakho (C), Schlupp; Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur, Loftus-Cheek; Townsend, Zaha.
The team news is in here, this is how the two sides will line-up today...
Crystal Palace have Patrick van Aanholt and Jordon Mutch available following injury. Whilst, Christian Benteke may start after making his return from a knee injury as a substitute last week. Meanwhile, Stoke manager Mark Hughes may be without Xherdan Shaqiri, who was substituted with a tight hamstring at Brighton on Monday night.
Stoke are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches and have drawn both their previous games 2-2 against Leicester and Brighton, they sit 13th in the table.
Roy Hodgson will be hoping Crystal Palace can earn just their second win of the season when they host Stoke today. Having lost seven games in a row to start the season, the Eagles' form has improved slightly in recent weeks, with five points from their last five Premier League games. However, they are still five points adrift from safety at the bottom of the table.
Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at Selhurst Park.


J. Ward
E. Pieters
J. Allen
L. Milivojević
J. Tomkins
K. Wimmer
K. Zouma
Y. Cabaye
R. Loftus-Cheek
E. Choupo-Moting
A. Townsend
W. Zaha
M. Sakho
W. Hennessey
J. Schlupp
R. Shawcross
M. Diouf
J. McArthur
X. Shaqiri
D. Fletcher
Ramadan Sobhi
L. Grant

Additional info

M. Dean
S. Long
D. Cook
Fourth official
R. East


Match Stats

Crystal Palace Stoke City
36 Attacks (Dangerous) 39
5 Corners 2
9 Fouls 4
7 Free Kicks 11
7 Goal Kicks 8
2 Offsides 2
1 Shots (blocked) 0
2 Shots (off target) 6
2 Shots (on target) 3
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
37 Throw Ins 41

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