Leicester City surrendered a two-goal lead in an entertaining game at Selhurst Park on Sunday, but the Eagles’ substitutes saved the day.
Crystal Palace came back from a 2-0 deficit to draw with Leicester City at Selhurst Park in the Premier League.
Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho scored two goals in the first half to give the Foxes the lead. However, two goals from Palace substitutes Michael Olise and Jeffrey Schlupp ensured a deserved point for Patrick Vieira’s side after a spirited second-half comeback that nearly earned the Eagles all three points.
Palace dominated the game from the start and were particularly bright in the first half-hour, with Kasper Schmeichel put to the test on several occasions, including one when he saved Wilfried Zaha’s effort from his foot. Despite being the better of two teams, the Eagles conceded two goals in quick succession against the run of play, much to Vieira’s dismay.
Leicester appeared to be suffering from the effects of their Europa League match in Poland in midweek, but they were gifted a goal on the half-hour mark when Iheanacho caught the normally reliable Joachim Andersen off guard and slid the ball past Vicente Guaita.
However, Palace rallied in the second half to put on an impressive performance. After Harvey Barnes put in Vardy, Guaita found himself in a nearly identical situation after the Leicester striker first deceived Guiata before finishing it into the bottom corner to double the lead. Before substitute Michael Olise cut the deficit in half in the 61st minute, Odsonne Edouard hit the crossbar from outside the box.
So far this season, Crystal Palace has scored more Premier League goals through substitutes (4) than any other team:
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After creating an opportunity for himself, Edouard came close again, and Palace soon smelled blood, with Vieira introducing Patrick Schlupp as an impact-sub. After a ping-pong situation inside the Leicester penalty area, the former Leicester man did not disappoint, heading home for Palace’s equaliser.
Patrick Vieira’s side will consider it a victory, while Brendan Rodgers and his team will be even more frustrated as the result extends their uncharacteristically slow start to the season. After an exciting match at Selhurst Park, the Hard Tackle now has the upper hand over both teams.
Vicente Guaita: 5.5/10
Holding on to a few of the outside-of-the-penalty-area strikes well. I wasn’t able to do much to prevent the two goals, but I wasn’t challenged very often.
Joel Ward: 6/10
In the first half, he was not cut out to play high up the pitch and was frequently found in no man’s land, allowing Harvey Barnes to play on the left flank. When he needed to get back into the game, he had a decent outlet.
Marc Guehi: 5/10
Guehi fared better than his centre-back partner on the day. In set-piece situations, he was one of Palace’s most reliable players.
Joachim Andersen: 5/10
An absolute blunder to allow Iheanacho to score the opening goal before failing to intercept the pass to Vardy, who put the Foxes up 2-0 at halftime. When Palace came back to dominate in the second half, he showed his passing skills by completing six successful long balls, the most by an outfield player on the day.
Tyrick Mitchell: 6/10
Lookman was well dealt with, and he covered for Zaha as he advanced forward along the touchline. He was aware of his surroundings and was rarely exposed in the back.
Luka Milivojević: 6/10
In passing, he appeared passive at times and lacked incision. Everything was given up for the cause. On the ball, confident, and kept things moving.
James McArthur: 7/10
As Palace came within a whisker of taking all three points, he was outstanding in the final 20 minutes. When he needed to, he drove into the box. On numerous occasions, provided a standard bite and recycled possession. He consistently delivers a 7 out of 10 performance. A midfielder who is vastly underappreciated.
Conor Gallagher: 6/10
He had a frustrating time on the field and wasn’t able to have as much of an impact as he would have liked. After putting up incredible performances in recent weeks, the Chelsea loanee has had a quiet game. He hit the crossbar with a shot from just inside Leicester’s box in the first half.
Jordan Ayew: 4/10
Early in the second half, he was hooked off. The Ghanaian had a poor first half, finding himself in dangerous crossing positions on several occasions but failing to deliver a good ball into the box.
Odsonne Edouard: 6/10
In the first half, he subsisted on scraps as Palace struggled to gain a foothold in the final 15 minutes before the break. With Palace gaining confidence, he was better after the break, rattled the crossbar, and then struck across the side-netting.
Wilfried Zaha: 7/10
On his right foot, he appeared to cut inside a lot. On the day, it was a fantastic performance. He had a great game, with three shots, three key passes, five dribbles, and two fouls. With his exquisite dribbling and touchline skills, he was able to get fans out of their seats. He posed a constant threat to Leicester’s back line. As usual, Zaha was the most inventive Palace player.
Michael Olise: 7/10
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After coming on as a substitute for Jordan Ayew, he made an immediate impact. Should start ahead of Jordan Ayew in the next game. His goal was well-achieved.
Jeffrey Schlupp: 7/10
He first went home in the midst of the chaos in search of an equalizer, and he even had time for a couple of chances before his header went wide of the target. Leicester can’t handle the aerial annoyance. That speaks volumes about his influence. Despite arriving after 70 minutes, he took more shots than anyone else.
Christian Benteke: N/A
I didn’t play for long enough to get a rating.
Kasper Schmeichel: 6/10
Because of the ricochet, he was caught off guard for the first goal, and he was helpless for the second as a sea of bodies surrounded him. Early on, while Palace was under pressure, he made a couple of crucial saves for Leicester.
Timothy Castagne: 6/10
Regardless, it was a good enough performance and a good enough read to keep the Eagles’ talisman off the field. It’s a tall order to tell Lookman to keep Zaha in check, especially with so little help from higher up the field.
Jannik Vestergaard: 4/10
His one-on-one defending was poor, as Palace players dribbled past him with ease. His game has developed into aimless passing and average defending. Vestergaard was well-positioned to clear several crosses and shifted a few times, but otherwise, the Dane put on a dreadful performance.
Caglar Soyuncu: 5/10
He made a few key interceptions and was capable of heading the ball clear, but he was also guilty of being pulled out of position, causing havoc in the defensive line and allowing Palace to score. His death was also unpredictably timed.
Ryan Bertrand: 4/10
Bertrand was notorious for being slow to react, and a careless foul resulted in an early booking. For much of the game, he was uneasy defensively, though he was unlucky with the opening goal deflection.
Ademola Lookman: 6/10
His footwork and dribbling were excellent, but he was ineffective in the final third. Defensively, he didn’t contribute much and was caught off guard by Olise’s goal. He showed off some serious baller skills by flicking the ball over Mitchell from his locker.
Youri Tielemans: 6/10
He didn’t have Ndidi by his side to make up for his mistakes. In the second half, he recovered, but his lack of stamina prevented him from taking control of the game. Barnes’ second goal was restored by a beautiful dinked ball from the Belgian, who had a poor first half in which he threw the ball away several times.
Hamza Choudhury: 5/10
On his first rare outing of the season, Hamza Choudhury got off to a strong start, sprinting with vigour, nipping at heels, and observing passing lines well enough to make several interceptions. However, his optimism was quickly shattered by his own poor passing, and he was replaced after an hour.
Harvey Barnes: 7/10
Vardy scored the game’s first goal after a great pass from him, but little else went right for the English winger, who fumbled the ball frequently while advancing it forward.
Jamie Vardy: 7/10
Only two players have ever scored 90 or more goals in the Premier League after turning 30:
✅ Ian Wright (93) ✅ Jamie Vardy (90)
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In the second half, he carried the ball well to relieve pressure on Leicester’s backline. Vardy was largely unnoticed in the first half, but he scored a pure striker’s goal, catching Guaita off guard before slotting the other side.
Kelechi Iheanacho: 8/10
On his birthday, Iheanacho delivered a MOTM performance. It begs the question of why Rodgers waited so long to start him. Scored the game’s first goal entirely on his own, displaying both intensity and composure in finishing while displaying excellent close control to create opportunities for the other forwards in the area.
Most Premier League goals scored in 2021:
Kelechi Heanach (13) Harry Kane (14) Mohamed Salah (14)
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Boubakary Soumare: 6/10
Carrying the ball well enough forward and looking cleaner in possession than the majority of his teammates.
James Maddison: 5/10
He didn’t see the ball well enough, but he did show a sublime first touch on one occasion.
Marc Albrighton: 5/10
With 10 minutes to go, he came on for Lookman and mostly defended his own area.