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FC Luzern 1-1 Crystal
Palace (5-6 P)
9 July 2019
A tight affair that began at electric speed ended from just 12 yards tonight as the Eagles ran-out as victors over FC Luzern by six penalties to five after the clash’s 90 minutes ended 1-1.
It may have only been their second minute of competitive football since running riot against AFC Bournemouth on the final day of last season, but Crystal Palace picked up right where they left off in red hot fashion against their Swiss Uhrencup opposition.
Within a minute-and-a-half of the whistle’s shrill opening call, Christian Benteke was rising through the air in trademark fashion to meet a delicate Max Meyer dink which left shot-stopper Marius Muller floundering and his net standing naively unguarded. Naturally in such circumstances, Palace’s Belgian frontman powered home with ease.
BSC Young Boys 2-0
13 July 2019
The Eagles were unable to claim the Uhrencup trophy this afternoon as they finished their pre-season tour of Switzerland with a 2-0 loss against local side BSC Young Boys.
Under the warm afternoon sun of picturesque Bern, Palace lined up with a strong starting XI – a side and setting enough to inspire relaxed confidence despite the form and prowess of the south Londoner’s opposition today.
However, juxtaposed to their immediate, perfect start on Tuesday night, the Eagles’ powerful composition was unfortunate with an opening four minutes that saw them fall a goal down and face the same uphill battle experienced by FC Luzern just three nights earlier.
With Vicente Guaita racing from his box to close down a loose Patrick van Aanholt pass, Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu was blessed with an open goal facing him 20 yards further down the pitch. As Scott Dann rushed to close his shooting angle, the Cameroonian midfielder took his chance with confidence and left the Palace backline powerless.
Barnet 6-2 Crystal
16 July 2019
The Hive Stadium
Goalscorers: Boateng, Wickham
A Crystal Palace squad which handed minutes to a range of Development talents extended their run of pre-season fixtures this evening as they lost 6-2 to an inspired Barnet side who found momentum after a late first-half surge.
Palace sent the Bees’ net bulging through the boots of David Boateng and Connor Wickham early in the game but were undone by the home side’s Mo Bettamer and Jack Barham when the pair bagged late in the opening 45 to menace a surprise comeback. David Totunda then gave Barnet the lead at the opening of the second half before earning their fourth to seemingly confirm victory for the Bees.
With Simeon Akinola later adding a fifth and a young trialist the sixth, the result would only fall one way and Palace were left to see out the final few minutes behind at the Hive stadium.
Nottingham Forest 1 –
0 Crystal Palace
19 July 2019
In a game of wildly differing halves, Crystal Palace lost 1-0 to Championship club Nottingham Forest this evening as Albert Adomah netted for the home side to ensure victory despite a battling offensive onslaught from the Eagles.
Sporting their striking black kit, Palace’s forward charges were as eye-catching as their attire and saw the south Londoners pepper the host’s goal with a collection of tantalising efforts.
Until its first goal, however, the game took time to warm up and initially neither side tested the other too keenly. On balance, Forest looked the dominant of the two but Wayne Hennessey was scarcely troubled between the sticks for his first 20 minutes of action.
Perhaps tonight’s opening chapter should have read differently, though, as Sabri Lamouchi’s side made simple chances seem challenging and failed to kick-start their account on several clear occasions.
Bristol City 0 – 5
27 July 2019
Goalscorers: Townsend, Schlupp, Benteke, McArthur, Wickham
A dominant display from Roy Hodgson’s Palace saw the Eagles comfortably overcome Championship outfit Bristol City 5-0 at Ashton Gate.
The signs of what was to come from the Eagles over the 90 minutes was clear from the off with a tenacious, trademark midfield battle won by Luka Milivojevic which gave Palace the chance of a three-on-three break. However, as Christian Benteke looked to utilise his pace and power down the left-hand side, the pass unfortunately clipped the Belgium striker’s heels.
The opener that Palace had been threatening did arrive on 13 minutes, with a move that began thanks to another Milivojevic interception in the middle of the park, with the Serbian finding Schlupp with an incisive pass through the City midfield. A neat Cruyff turn from the Ghanaian handed possession to Max Meyer with the German picking out Patrick van Aanholt on the left-hand side of the penalty box.
The Dutchman, as he has done so often in his Palace career, looked to rifle the ball into the back of net after finding space in the box. However, a smart block from Niclas Eliasson ended up causing a couple of unsettling bobbles for the Bristol City defence, that fortunately for the south Londoners ended up at the feet of Townsend to smash home from just yards out.
The Robins barely had time to regroup after Palace had taken the lead before they found themselves two goals down. Less than a minute after the opener, Schlupp got in behind the defence before clipping nicely over Bentley, who despite getting a touch, failed to prevent the ball from looping into the net – a retreating City defender tried his best to hook the ball off the line but Schlupp’s attempt ducked in just below the bar to double the Eagles’ lead.
The second half started in the same way the first 45 went with Palace probing and looking threatening, and it only took eight minutes into the second half for Palace to find their third. An incredible deep cross from club captain Milivojevic exquisitely found Benteke between two Bristol City defenders and the Belgium international powerfully headed home.
Palace found the net for a fourth time on 70 minutes, and although there was an element of fortune in how the ball fell to Meyer in the box – a ricochet via James McArthur – there was nothing fortunate about the delightful dinked finish from the midfielder.
Meyer was again involved on 76 minutes for a fifth Palace goal, with the German delaying a pass to Townsend on the byline to the perfect moment for the rushing winger to comfortably cutback to an unmarked Connor Wickham to turn home from close range.
AFC Wimbledon 2 – 2
31 July 2019
Goalscorers: Pierrick, Pierrick
Academy forward Brandon Pierrick scored a brace at AFC Wimbledon tonight in south-west London, but twice the spirited hosts pegged Palace back, including a stoppage time scramble to secure the draw.
The first-half was an entertaining one, with both sides creating chances – albeit Palace having the lion’s share.
The returning Sakho and Sam Woods looked an assured pairing as they patiently built-up play from the back, with Jairo Riedewald soaking up pressure in defensive midfield. Dreher glided effortlessly around the centre of the park, and Daly’s pace was causing headaches for the hosts’ entire defensive line, whilst Connor Wickham’s enormous presence provided a constant threat.
As early as the eighth minute, Wickham won a towering header down the right flank, and Daly – who had switched sides – accelerated past his man to gather the ball before striking wide of the far post.
AFC Wimbledon ‘keeper Nik Tzanev made several smart saves, including thwarting a sublime Wickham chip after sumptuous footwork from Dreher who had found a pocket of space, a third of the way through the half.
It was Palace’s 17 year-old forward Brandon Pierrick who broke the deadlock in the 31st minute, after Tavares floating cross found the leaping Wickham whose knock down fell at Daly’s feet in the box. The oncoming Tzanez failed to clear the ball, and it landed in Wickham’s path who calmly found Pierrick to coolly slot home, and take the lead into the break.
Pierrick struck his second for the visitors on 72 with a drilled finish along the deck from the edge of the box, assisted neatly by David Boateng. Chances kept coming for the visitors in the dying minutes, as Pierrick’s replacement Lokilo created a golden opportunity for Wickham whose header faded wide.
Crystal Palace 0-4
3 August 2019
A frustrating afternoon saw Crystal Palace fall to a cruel-looking scoreline at the hands of Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin today at Selhurst Park as the visitors enjoyed a fair-share of luck to run out as 4-0 victors.
Christian Benteke’s 10th-minute effort is ruled out for offside.
Scott Dann heads against the post before Jordan Ayew finds the side netting.
Shortly before half time, Marvin Plattenhardt scores with a deflection off his back.
Vedad Ibisevic doubles the visitor’s lead minutes into the second half.
Hertha’s dominance proves enough to win the game for the Bundesliga club with Maximillian Mittelstadt and Davie Selke scoring an insurance policy third and fourth.