Liverpool win 2-0 away to Crystal Palace

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London, Aug 21 (IANS) Liverpool had to work hard here to defeat scrappy Crystal Palace 2-0 in the finale of the second round of the 2018-2019 Premier League.

Reds coach Jurgen Klopp stuck with the same lineup that pounded West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield in the first match. Counterpart Roy Hodgson likewise decided against any changes to the starting 11 who bested Fulham 2-0 last week, reports Efe news.

Neither side was particularly impressive in the first half at south London’s Selhurst Park and it was the hosts who created the best chance, a strike by Andros Townsend that bounced off the cross-bar to the relief of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson on Monday.

But the visitors took a 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of a penalty in the dying seconds after Mamadou Sakho brought down Mo Salah in the box.

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The referee pointed to the spot, ignoring protests from Palace and the home supporters, and James Milner coolly converted to make it 1-0 for Liverpool.

The Eagles improved in the second half and Alisson had to make stops against Luka Milivojevic – on a free kick – and Wilfried Zaha to preserve the narrow lead.

With 15 minutes left, Palace went down to 10 men, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card for a foul on Salah.

Palace won a corner in stoppage time, but Liverpool launched a counter and Mane took a deep ball for Salah to score on the breakaway and ensure that the Reds would be leaving with all three points.

–IANS

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