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Palace prompt Liverpool meltdown

Published: Monday 5 May 2014, 23.00CET
Seemingly cruising to victory, Liverpool FC let a three-goal lead slip in the closing stages at Crystal Palace FC, with a 3-3 draw a major blow to the Reds' hopes of a first title since 1990.

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Published: Monday 5 May 2014, 23.00CET

Palace prompt Liverpool meltdown

Seemingly cruising to victory, Liverpool FC let a three-goal lead slip in the closing stages at Crystal Palace FC, with a 3-3 draw a major blow to the Reds' hopes of a first title since 1990.

A calamitous closing 11 minutes has dealt a serious blow to Liverpool FC's chances of winning the English title, with substitute Dwight Gayle scoring twice as mid-table Crystal Palace FC overturned a three-goal deficit.

The Reds started the game level on points with league leaders Manchester City FC, but with an inferior goal difference, having also played a game more. However, they appeared to be on course for a comfortable victory when Welsh midfielder Joe Allen peeled away at the back post to head in from a Steven Gerrard corner after 18 minutes.

Palace rallied briefly, but Liverpool roared into the second period, with Daniel Sturridge's shot deflected past Julian Speroni on 53 minutes before Luis Suárez finished after an exchange of passes with Raheem Sterling two minutes later.

Eager to rack up goals to heap pressure on City, who are at home against Aston Villa FC on Wednesday, Liverpool poured forward but slumped horribly in the closing stages. Defender Damien Delaney's deflected shot beat Simon Mignolet on 79 minutes and Palace scented an upset. Gayle was then set up by Yannick Bolasie to make it 3-2 on 81 minutes before striking again on 88 minutes after Glenn Murray chested down a long ball forward.

The point puts Liverpool top again, but they could be two points off the pace by the time they play their final game of the season, at home against Newcastle United FC on Sunday. City play host to West Ham United FC on the same day.

Last updated: 05/05/14 23.56CET

Results

English Premier League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 05/05/2014 22:57 CET

05/05/2014

Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace3-3LiverpoolLiverpool

Delaney 79, Gayle 81, 88

Allen 18, Sturridge 53, Suárez 55

Venue: London

04/05/2014

ChelseaChelsea0-0NorwichNorwich

Venue: London

04/05/2014

ArsenalArsenal1-0West BromWest Brom

Giroud 14

Venue: London

03/05/2014

EvertonEverton2-3Man. CityMan. City

Barkley 11, Lukaku 65

Agüero 22, Džeko 43, 48

Venue: Liverpool

03/05/2014

Aston VillaAston Villa3-1HullHull

Westwood 1, Weimann 41, 45+3

Rosenior 28, Bowery 28 (og)

Venue: Birmingham

03/05/2014

Man. UnitedMan. United0-1SunderlandSunderland

Larsson 30

Venue: Manchester

03/05/2014

NewcastleNewcastle3-0CardiffCardiff

Sh. Ameobi 18, Rémy 87, Taylor 90+1

Venue: Newcastle

03/05/2014

StokeStoke4-1FulhamFulham

Odemwingie 39, Arnautovic 54, Assaidi 73, Walters 82

Richardson 80

Venue: Stoke

03/05/2014

SwanseaSwansea0-1SouthamptonSouthampton

Lambert 90+3

Venue: Swansea

03/05/2014

West HamWest Ham2-0TottenhamTottenham

H. Kane 27 (og), Downing 44

Venue: London

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