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Crystal Palace vs. Brighton & Hove Albion – Football Match Report – December 16, 2019 – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith

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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha struck late to secure a 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion after Neil Maupay put the visitors ahead in their Premier League clash on Monday.

Zaha was Palace's savior 14 minutes from time with a tight left-footed attack that saved a point after Maupay put Brighton ahead in the 54th with a fine finish.

Palace was strangely subdued in Roy Hodgson's 100th inning, and Brighton should have won after dominating big scores of the game just to be penalized for their mastery.

Facing a back-to-back injury crisis, Palace Dutchman Jairo Riedewald is named in their team for the first time in 659 days when they drafted a provisional defense.

The home crowd was not impressed by the fancy moves of Palace's Vicente Guaita after 20 minutes.

Riedewald was lucky then not to admit a penalty when fullback Martin Montoya rode a clumsy challenge before firing, but VAR agreed with referee Craig Pawson that the tackle was fair.

Riedewald was replaced at halftime and replaced the galvanized Palace, with Christian Benteke's cross shot hitting the post after keeper Matt Ryan was taken cold five minutes after the restart, but it was a false dawn when Brighton soon took the lead.

Yves Bissouma played a cross ball to Leandro Trossard, who blanketed Maupay for a delightful strike in the top corner to give visitors a deserved advantage.

Davy Propper's wounded effort then looped over the crossbar when Brighton squeezed for a second only to be hit by a sucker-punch as Zaha collected a loose ball before smashing it home.

Palace moved up to ninth place at 23 points, three points behind fifth place Tottenham in the European places. Brighton ranks 13th at 20, five points above the relegation zone.