February 3, 2023

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Football, National Top League | United’s victory was squandered in extra time – an excellent free kick gave Crystal Palace a 1-1 lead

Thus, Erik ten Hag’s team was cheated for its tenth consecutive victory. Bruno Fernandes seemed to have sealed it with his goal at the end of the first half, after fine work from Christian Eriksen.

David De Gea also produced two frantic saves that appeared to save United’s goal at Selhurst Park. He made great saves with Odson Edouard’s amazing shot towards the farthest cross in the 40th minute and Marc Guehi’s header in the 75th minute.

United and Palace both had ample chances to decide after the equaliser, but it was one point each.

We dominated the match and scored a beautiful goal. It wasn’t a peak performance, but it was pretty good. We should have bet more on one more target. With 2-0 it would be over. We have to learn from him,” Ten Hag told Sky Sports.

– I think we deserved a point. “It was difficult against a very good team, but we managed to stay in the game and in the last quarter we put pressure on them,” Palace coach Patrick Vieira told Sky.

You lose the big game

With his victory, United will rise to second place and only six points behind Arsenal, the opponent during another visit to London on Sunday. The team is now eight points behind.

Casemiro received a yellow card ten minutes from time. This takes him out of Sunday’s big game.

– It was an instinct. Ten Hag said he tried to take the ball, then missed.

Casemiro was centimeters away from putting the ball into an open goal in the fourth extra minute. Seconds later, Wilfried Zaha came on from the other end of the field, but was saved by Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the last second.

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– Vieira said, if it was a player other than Wan-Bissaka, he wouldn’t have caught him again.

Good result

Edouard had his first big chance of the game when he got past Raphaël Varane and fired home from 16 yards five minutes before half-time. De Gea tipped the ball onto the crossbar and then again and again.

Two minutes later, United took the lead. Eriksen played a wall with Marcus Rashford on the left and raced down the field between two opponents. He made a save for Fernandez, who had the time and space to shoot well and put the ball home at the far post.

Wout Weghorst started on his United debut after being loaned out by fellow Dutchman Ten Hag. The closest he came was a header into the roof of the net after half an hour.

By winning, United would have secured their longest winning streak in 14 years, but it just didn’t work out that way. The team trails Manchester City on goal difference, and Erling Braut Haaland’s side could leave with a pending game against Tottenham on Thursday.

Ugly bang

World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez suffered a head injury on his 25th birthday. He came face to face with Edward and was hit by the palace player’s elbow. Bloodied and apparently distraught, he was manipulated for several minutes, before being bandaged, changed into his bloody shirt and continued to fight.

This came hours after the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which runs FIFA, rejected a proposal to allow temporary substitutions in football due to head injuries, to prevent players with concussions from continuing to play. The decision was met with disappointment by the players’ associations.

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During the match, you can also watch Asif on the court taking a “selfie” with the players.

(© NTB)