A new leader in the Premier League. This Saturday in the early afternoon (13:30 p.m.), Liverpool FC won at Crystal Palace FC at the end of a match that was not very rhythmic and for a long time indecisive. However, the Reds did not get into the game very well. Although they managed to get their foot on the ball, they hardly ever troubled Samuel Johnstone in the first half. It was even the Eagles, with their low block and quick transitions, who were the most dangerous on a foray by Jordan Ayew down the right followed by a cross to the far post for Jefferson Lerma who finally came up against Alisson (27') from close range; The only shot on target of the first half. It was therefore almost no surprise that the two teams went into the locker room with a draw.
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After the break, Jürgen Klopp's men once again monopolised the ball. But this possession has been (still) sterile. And on an almost innocuous ball, Jarell Quansah committed a foul on Jean-Philippe Mateta, who came on at half-time in place of Odsonne Edouard, who was hit in the knee. On the play, the referee of the match did not flinch. But he was called by VAR. And after reviewing the footage, he pointed to the penalty spot. Jean-Philippe Mateta did himself justice and opened the scoring with a shot from the middle of the net (58′). The Reds then pushed for an equaliser. In vain. It was not until Jordan Ayew was sent off in the 75th minute, for a second yellow card, that they (finally) managed to make the difference. Indeed, in the wake of the ex-Marseille player's exit, Mohamed Salah, played into the penalty area by Curtis Jones, put the two teams back on level terms with a deflected shot. Then, in the opening seconds of injury time, Harvey Elliott gave his team the win with a break into the right half-space and a powerful long-range shot that gave Remi Matthews, the Eagles' goalkeeper no chance (90'+1). With this win, Virgin van Dijk and his teammates take (temporarily?) the lead in the Premier League table, pending the result of the match between Aston Villa FC and Arsenal FC. For their part, Roy Hodgson's players may have some regrets. They remain, for the moment, 14th.