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Michy Batshuayi’s first goal for Crystal Palace was unlike anything you’ve seen this season

The Chelsea loanee netted the sneakiest goal we've seen for a while

Remember Michy Batshuayi?

The striker’s been shipped about a bit by Chelsea in recent seasons, finding himself sent on loan to Dortmund, Valencia and now Crystal Palace over the last two years.

His time in Germany was fairly fruitful, but the less said about his spell at Valencia, the better.

And after playing in four games for Palace since his January move, he’s finally netted his first goal for the club in their Premier League clash at Leicester this evening.

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But it was a little bit odd. 

The Belgian was largely anonymous in the first-half, as the Foxes enjoyed most of the play.

But as the half reached it’s climax, James McArthur found himself on the edge of Leicester’s box and fired a long-range shot.

At around 25 yards out, McArthur shot to the left of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal – only for Batshuayi to stick his boot out and divert the shot towards the bottom right of the net, completely wrong-footing the goalkeeper.

Very sneaky, Michy.

McArthur takes a shot from distance on the half-volley

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McArthur takes a shot from distance on the half-volley

It’s sailing towards the right of Schmeichel’s goal

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It’s sailing towards the right of Schmeichel’s goal

But Batshuayi sticks his boot out to deflect the shot

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But Batshuayi sticks his boot out to deflect the shot

Sends Schmeichel completely the wrong way

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Sends Schmeichel completely the wrong way

Schmeichel was clearly incensed by the goal and raced towards the referee as Batshuayi celebrated with his teammates, protesting the decision to award Zaha a free-kick in the centre circle which had started off the move.

Or maybe he felt Batshuayi was in an offside position?

Either way, the referee wasn’t interested in his protests, and one of the more unusual goals of the season stood.

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He’s not happy

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He’s not happy

It’ll be a big relief for Batshuayi to get his first goal for Roy Hodgson’s side, as he hasn’t netted in the Premier League since scoring a brace for Chelsea against Watford some 490 days ago.

He’ll start scoring for fun now, right?


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