Saints beaten by last-gasp Zaha strike

premier-league St Mary's Stadium | Sat 30 Apr 3PM | Attendance: 31,359
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SOU vs CRY
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SOU vs CRY As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Full time: Saints 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • Zaha won it late for Palace with his goal in the 91st minute
  • Eze equalised with a low strike in the 59th minute
  • Saints led 1-0 at the break through Romeu's 9th minute header

Report: Saints 1-2 Crystal Palace

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17.10

Full time: Saints 1-2 Crystal Palace

Goals in the second half from Eze and Zaha outweigh Romeu's in the first, earning Crystal Palace a 2-1 win at St Mary's. 

16.56

Zaha fires Palace ahead with minutes to spare

Zaha receives from McArthur in the middle before skilfully turning his man and firing low into Forster's right corner from 18-yards. 

90+1’

GOAL

Wilfried Zaha (90+1’) | 1 2

83’

Crystal Palace substitution: Will Hughes replaces Eberechi Eze

83’

Stuart Armstrong goes close twice in quick succession

Salisu's long-throw is nodded on by Romeu toward Armstrong, but the Scot can't keep his effort down. 

Moments later the midfielder would try his luck again, but this time pulled his effort wide from just outside the area following a fast break. 

80’

Perraud defends Olise

Olise seems to be clear down the right, but opts for a cut-back instead of shooting, allowing Perraud to recover and clear the danger with a good challenge. 

79’

Southampton substitution: Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Nathan Tella

73’

Crystal Palace substitution: Michael Olise replaces Jeffrey Schlupp

72’

Ward-Prowse blasts wide

Armstrong and Romeu combine down the right to set up Ward-Prowse with a shooting opportunity from just outside the box, but the captain pulls his effort wide to the relief of Palace's travelling support. 

69’

Big shout for a Palace penalty

Gallagher is brought down by Romeu in the box, but referee Jarred Gillett waves away calls for a penalty. 

64’

Southampton substitution: Armando Broja replaces Shane Long

63’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Ché Adams

63’

Crystal Palace substitution: Wilfried Zaha replaces Jean-Philippe Mateta

Eze equalises

Eze meets Clyne's searching cross at the far post, guiding his well-struck, low effort past Forster. 

59’

GOAL

Eberechi Eze (59’) | 1 1

55’

Long looks to double Southampton's advantage

Ward-Prowse's whipped free-kick makes its way to Romeu at the far post, the Spaniard subsequently finding Long whose effort from a tight angle is blocked out of play for a corner.

53’

Palace enjoy their best chance of the game

Ayew goes on a skilful run down the right, firing a low ball across the area which is palmed away by a diving Forster. The ball doesn't deflect to safety, however, and instead falls to Schlupp who seems destined to score from close range with Forster absent from his net, but his powerful effort is bravely blocked by Bednarek. 

49’

Saints search for a second

Both Adams and Long try their luck from just outside the Palace box, but their efforts are both blocked. 

47’

Mateta battles in the air

Mateta rises well to meet Gallagher's cross, but can't get a clean connection amid Southampton pressure and is made to settle for a corner. 

BACK UNDER WAY! 🤞

The atmosphere at St Mary's is electric as the second half begins. Come on Saints! ⚡️

FIRST 45 ✅

A great first 45 from Southampton is capped by Romeu's bullet header in the ninth minute. A big second half coming up! 

ON TOP AT THE BREAK! 😇

Romeu's header ensures Saints go into the break one ahead. 

45+2’

Yellow Card for Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

Ward is booked for his push on Redmond. 

45’

Ayew's header is palmed away by Forster

Trying to get level before the break, Eze's corner is whipped toward Ayew, but the Ghanaian's header is too central to beat Forster, who palms away confidently with his right glove. 

41’

Gallagher's cross is deflected over

Gallagher goes on a powerful run down the right and attempts to cross toward Mateta. Ward-Prowse is there to block the pass, but in doing so nearly deflects the ball past an unsuspecting Forster. Thankfully, it clears the crossbar for a corner. 

38’

Yellow Card for James McArthur (Crystal Palace)

McArthur cynically brings down Perraud in the middle of the park. 

35’

Mateta can't connect 

The Palace striker has enjoyed some good chances already, but his latest, following Eze's good run, is spurned horribly as he swings a boot at the ball but doesn't connect from 12-yards.

32’

Tella shoots from range

Tella steals the ball in midfield and drives forward before letting a low shot loose from range. His effort is powerful and accurate, but Guaita gets down well to save. An even contest, this.

29’

Adams breaks free

Che Adams gets free of his man and sprints down the left wing, but his eventual cut-back is steered clear by Andersen. 

28’

Eze tries his luck

Palace are pushing but can't find an equaliser. Eze is the next to fire his effort harmlessly over. 

25’

Mateta tests Forster

Schlupp plays into Mateta whose left-footed shot from a tight angle is turned away by the legs of Forster. 

Romeu celebrates the opener 🙌

Oriol Romeu leaps into the air in celebration after heading Saints in front inside ten minutes.

23’

Redmond goes close

Nathan Redmond drives into the box, but his effort is steered away at the near post by Guaita. 

19’

Yellow Card for Jan Bednarek (Southampton)

Bednarek is the first Saints player to be carded after an ongoing feud with Mateta. 

17’

Palace go close

Schlupp is proving a danger down the left, this time crossing onto the head of Gallagher, who should have done better from 12-yards. 

16’

Yellow Card for Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace)

Mateta is booked after grappling with Bednarek.

15’

Schlupp delivers a searching ball

The visitors are enjoying an attacking spell as Schlupp drives down the left wing and delivers a low ball across the box, but nobody in yellow is there to meet it. 

13’

Palace try to get back level

Mateta tries to turn Salisu after receiving the ball from midfield, but the defender stays strong and earns a foul.

GOALSCORER 6 Oriol Romeu

Romeu heads home!

Romeu meets Ward-Prowse's whipped corner at the far post, guiding his header in off the bar! 

9’

GOOOAL!!!

Oriol Romeu (9’) | 1 0

4’

Palace try to break

Jordan Ayew tries to break down Southampton's left, but Perraud is there to meet him.

COME ON SAINTS! ⚔️

We're under way at St Mary's! 

15.00

All smiles at St Mary's! 😁

14.56

Five minutes to go! ⚽️

Saints finish their final warm-up exercises ahead of kick-off at 3pm! 

14.54

Get better soon, Tino! ❤️

Our only absentee this afternoon is Tino Livramento, who begins his road to recovery after sustaining an ACL injury against Brighton on Sunday. 

14.27

Crystal Palace line-up confirmed! 

Starting XI: Guaita, Clyne, Andersen, Guéhi, Ward, Gallagher, McArthur (C), Schlupp, Ayew, Mateta, Eze. 

Subs: Butland, Mitchell, Tomkins, Olise, Kouyaté, Zaha, Hughes, Benteke, Édouard. 

14.06

Saints line-up confirmed! 😇

Starting XI: Forster, Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bednarek, Perraud, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (C), Tella, Redmond, Adams, Long. 

Subs: Caballero, Lyanco, A. Armstrong, S. Armstrong, Broja, Djenepo, Smallbone, Elyounoussi, Valery. 

14.01

Afternoon, lads!  👋

13.56

MATCH PACK: Saints vs Crystal Palace

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13.03

THIS (SOUTHAMPTON) IS A TEAM I LIKE WATCHING PLAY BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY HAVE A REALLY GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN PACE, PHYSICAL and technical."

PATRICK VIEIRA
ON SOUTHAMPTON CHALLENGE 
12.53

TO END UP IN THE TOP 10 WOULD BE A MASSIVE ACHIEVEMENT FOR US AND THIS IS THE GOAL."

RALPH HASENHÜTTL
ON HIS HOPES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON
12.45

Last time out against Palace 👊

Looking back to December when stunning goals from James Ward-Prowse and Armando Broja earned us a 2-2 draw and point at Selhurst Park. 

12.23

IT'S MATCHDAY!

A sunny St Mary's Stadium plays host to a crucial mid-table clash between Southampton and Crystal Palace today in the Premier League, with both sides eyeing a top 10 finish. Palace could jump Saints with a victory, but Ralph Hasenhüttl's men will be high on confidence following a hard-fought point away to Brighton last Sunday. Come on you Saints! 

12.05

SOU vs CRY Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek yellow card
22
Mohammed Salisu
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
15
Romain Perraud
23
Nathan Tella
replace Mohamed Elyounoussi (80′)
11
Nathan Redmond
6
Oriol Romeu goal
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
7
Shane Long
replace Armando Broja (65′)
10
Che Adams
replace Stuart Armstrong (65′)
19
Moussa Djenepo
17
Stuart Armstrong
18
Armando Broja
43
Yan Valery
20
William Smallbone
13
Willy Caballero
24
Mohamed Elyounoussi
9
Adam Armstrong
4
Lyanco

Crystal Palace

13
Vicente Guaita (GK)
16
Joachim Andersen
6
Marc Guéhi
17
Nathaniel Clyne
2
Joel Ward yellow card
18
James McArthur (C) yellow card
23
Conor Gallagher
15
Jeffrey Schlupp
replace Michael Olise (74′)
10
Eberechi Eze goal
replace Will Hughes (84′)
14
Jean-Philippe Mateta yellow card
replace Wilfried Zaha (64′) goal
9
Jordan Ayew
1
Jack Butland
22
Odsonne Édouard
3
Tyrick Mitchell
20
Christian Benteke
11
Wilfried Zaha
5
James Tomkins
8
Cheikhou Kouyaté
7
Michael Olise
12
Will Hughes

SOU vs CRY Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Crystal Palace
  • Possession (%)
    38
    comparison angle
    62
  • Shots
    8
    comparison angle
    14
  • Shots on target
    3
    comparison angle
    5
  • Corners
    6
    comparison angle
    7
  • Passes Complete
    221
    comparison angle
    436

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
shots on target
Shots On Target
1
Nathan Tella
Nathan Tella
chances created
Chances Created
4
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
passes completed
Passes Completed
31
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
tackles
Tackles
6
Romain Perraud
Romain Perraud
clearances
Clearances
8
Mohammed Salisu
Mohammed Salisu
saves
Saves
3
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster