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The final moments of Crystal Palace’s game against Bournemouth were absolutely mental

We couldn't keep our eyes off this one

Alright, so we’ve managed to calm down and we’re going to do our best to reassess what just happened at Selhurst Park. 

Crystal Palace went into this afternoon’s game against Bournemouth desperate for the three points, with Roy Hodgson’s side still lodged in the bottom three.

Who’d be a manager, eh?

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Who’d be a manager, eh?

It’s not really been a great season for the Eagles so far, but they went into today’s game in reasonably good form – having picked up points in each of their last four Premier League games.


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And they definitely should’ve picked up a much-needed win against the Cherries. 

The first-half was breath-taking, with Jermain Defoe opening the score for Bournemouth after 10 minutes, before Crystal Palace hit-back twice in quick succession to turn things around.

It really looked as if Hodgson’s lads would go into the break in front, only for Defoe to hit an absolute stunner on the cusp of half-time.

Not bad at all. 

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But if you thought the end of first 45 minutes sounded mental, wait to hear what happened in the dying moments of the second-half.

With the game still locked at 2-2 – despite Palace’s best-efforts – Wilfried Zaha won a penalty for his side on the 90th minute thanks to a diving challenge from Charlie Daniels.

Kevin Friend didn’t even hesitate. 

Late drama

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Late drama

Palace could taste victory, but something odd happened.

Stepping up to take the penalty was Christian Benteke – and not regular spot-kick taker Luka Milivojevic.

The Serbian had already scored from the spot earlier in the game, while Benteke – who’s yet to score this season – has a pretty dubious record from twelve yards.

Yep, you guessed it.

The Belgian missed, and what’s more, it was an easy, easy save for Asmir Begovic.

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Why did he even take it? 

As you can imagine, Palace fans are absolutely fuming.

And you can’t really blame them.