Saturday 10 December 2016

Swansea v Crystal Palace - story of the match

Published 26/11/2016 | 17:46

Fernando Llorente, pictured left, netted a dramatic late winner for Swansea against Crystal Palace
Fernando Llorente, pictured left, netted a dramatic late winner for Swansea against Crystal Palace

Substitute Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time to hand Swansea a sensational 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace and pile the pressure on under-fire Eagles manager Alan Pardew.

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Palace - who had earlier led through Wilfried Zaha's 19th-minute lead goal - were 3-1 down when James Tomkins (75), a Jack Cork own goal (82) and Christian Benteke (84) turned the game on its head.

But Swansea, who had seen Leroy Fer add a second-half double to Gylfi Sigurdsson's superb free-kick, claimed a first Premier League win since the opening day of the season when Llorente twice finished from close range.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Well that was a dramatic finish to the Swansea Palace game... turn away for a second and the score changed every time!" - United States midfielder Alex Morgan.

STAR MAN

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Brilliant equaliser again highlighted his dead-ball skills and his touch was different class. The Iceland playmaker dragged Swansea back in to the game when all seemed lost, and his technique and eye for a goal is absolutely crucial to Swansea's hopes of staying in the division.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Both managers came into the game under the most severe pressure with relegation storm clouds growing. Bob Bradley had failed to win in his previous five games in charge, but he will now feel he has the monkey off his back after this most incredible finish. Palace boss Pardew needed victory to stop speculation over his future intensifying after five straight defeats, but there will be even more focus on him after his team collapsed in the final moments.

STAT OF THE DAY

Sigurdsson underlined his status as a free-kick expert with a wonderful 36th-minute equaliser for Swansea. Sigurdsson left Wayne Hennessey stranded from the edge of the box and has now scored more free-kicks (three) than any other player in the Premier League since the start of last season.

RATINGS

Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski 6 (out of 10)

Kyle Naughton 6

Federico Fernandez 6

Jordi Amat 5

Neil Taylor 7

Jack Cork 7

Jay Fulton 8

Leroy Fer 8

Modou Barrow 8

Wayne Routledge 6

Gylfi Sigurdsson 9

Substitutes

Fernando Llorente (for Routledge, 66mins) 8

Angel Rangel (for Barrow, 80mins) 6

Jefferson Montero (for Naughton, 86mins) 6

Crystal Palace

Wayne Hennessey 5

Joel Ward 5

James Tomkins 6

Scott Dann 6

Martin Kelly 5

Yohan Cabaye 7

James McArthur 7

Jason Puncheon 6

Wilfried Zaha 7

Connor Wickham 6

Christian Benteke 7

Substitutes

Andros Townsend (for Wickham, 51mins) 5

Ezekiel Fryers (for Kelly, 73mins) 6

Bakary Sako (for McArthur, 82mins) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Crystal Palace v Southampton (Premier League, December 3)

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