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Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

By Mike HensonBBC Sport
Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke is yet to score for Palace this season

Christian Benteke went against manager Roy Hodgson's orders to take the injury-time penalty he missed in Crystal Palace's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic pushed away Benteke's weak effort as a rollercoaster encounter ended with the points shared.

Palace boss Hodgson said: "It was a unilateral decision, no-one on our team was able to wrest the ball from him."

The visitors had taken the lead when Jermain Defoe fired low into the bottom corner from Andrew Surman's cross.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth 'Benteke wasn't told to take penalty' - Hodgson

But Palace roared back with two goals in three minutes.

Luka Milivojevic, who initially lined up the injury-time spot-kick, buried a penalty awarded for a foul on Wilfried Zaha, before Scott Dann steered home Yohan Cabaye's ball across the face of goal.

Defoe's second - a superb, dipping half-volley - sent the teams to the break even.

There were no goals in the second half, but no let-up in the entertainment either.

Palace finished the stronger, with Dann stabbing over and Benteke squandering his chance from 12 yards.

But even as the final whistle blew, Bournemouth were appealing in vain for a penalty.

The result, combined with Swansea's win, means Palace return to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Plenty of effort, less execution

Christian Benteke's penalty is saved by Asmir Begovic as Luka Milivojevic (number four) looks on
Christian Benteke's penalty is saved by Asmir Begovic as Luka Milivojevic (number four) looks on

Palace's Premier League season began with seven straight defeats. Bournemouth started with four successive losses.

Both have since improved markedly and, if they replicate the appetite for the fight on display here, they are well prepared to resist relegation.

With Hodgson giving Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha licence to roam far and wide, there will be plenty of other teams that struggle to pin down the Palace attack this season.

And the former England manager will feel that, having managed 24 shots at goal to Bournemouth's 11, his side should have converted their pressure into points.

But his inquest will begin with Benteke's decision to take on penalty responsibilities at the death after Milivojevic had emphatically converted in the first half.

The Belgian's run-up lacked conviction and culminated in a tentative shot that was pushed away by Begovic. The £27m striker is yet to score in 11 games this season.

"We the management decide who the penalty takers are and we don't expect players to change those decisions during the course of the game," Hodgson added.

"We tried to shout out our instructions, they obviously didn't reach the penalty spot."

Defoe continues to adapt and thrive

Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe's goals were the 200th and 201st he has scored in the league

When Defoe returned to English football from MLS side Toronto FC three years ago, there were plenty who questioned whether the then 32-year-old still could cut it at the top level.

Thirty-four league goals for a Sunderland side that was relegated at the end of last season answered that question.

With 35 years on the clock, the electric pace that was once the bedrock of his game has gone. Here, James Tomkins, who would not have had a chance of reeling him in a decade ago, was able to get back and make a tackle when it seemed Defoe was clean through in the first half.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth Cherries hard done by with second penalty - Howe

But Defoe's technique is still very much intact. If his first was an assured first-time finish, his second was simply sublime.

There seemed little danger as he chased a bouncing ball towards the byeline, but Defoe swivelled suddenly to unleash a shot over a startled Julian Speroni, under the crossbar and into the far corner from a tight angle.

His 200th and 201st league goals come 17 years and two months after his first - scored in a third-tier match for the Cherries in October 2000, during his first stint at the club.

Zaha to come under the microscope?

Wilfred Zaha
Zaha was accused of diving in Palace's 1-0 defeat by Newcastle in October

Everton forward Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player banned for diving when he was found guilty of "exaggerating the effect of normal contact" to win a penalty against Palace last month.

Palace were the wronged on that occasion, but could be in the dock themselves after Zaha went down to win his team's first penalty.

Neither the backtracking Nathan Ake nor the advancing Begovic seemed to make significant contact with the Ivory Coast international before he hit the turf.

Even with repeated replays, it was difficult to untangle whether there was any deliberate attempt to trick the official however, underlining the difficulty of such cases.

Man of the match - Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe
Defoe had three shots on target, more than any other player. One was his sumptuous second goal.

'He's put himself in a bit of a black hole' - manager quotes

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on the injury-time penalty: "We expected Luka to take it, he's our designated penalty taker.

"For some reason Christian persuaded him to let him take it, and then he missed it.

"I think Christian is stunned, shocked and very disappointed.

"But I actually thought he played well, that's the best I've seen him play in a Palace shirt in my time here.

"It's a great disappointment. Rather than crown that performance he's put himself in a bit of a black hole with Palace supporters because he's missed."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on Jermain Defoe's goals: "They were two really good finishes.

"They are totally different finishes as well.

"For the second, from that angle he's got no right to score, and that's his unique talent."

Match stats - Benteke's 40% conversion rate

  • Benteke has missed three of his five penalties for Crystal Palace in the Premier League, including each of the past two.
  • Palace have drawn three consecutive games in the Premier League for the first time since May 2005, when they were managed by Iain Dowie.
  • Bournemouth have dropped 10 points from winning positions in the Premier League this term; a joint-high alongside Watford and West Brom (also 10).
  • Defoe has netted nine goals in his past 10 league appearances against Palace, scoring in each of his past three games at Selhurst Park.
  • Defoe has scored twice in each of his past three Premier League appearances against Palace; his longest such run against a single opponent.
  • There were just seven minutes and nine seconds between Palace equalising (Milivojevic), going 2-1 ahead (Dann) and Bournemouth making it 2-2 (Defoe).
  • Dann is the first central defender to score in four consecutive Premier League games against the same opponent.
  • Bournemouth's opener was their first goal in the opening 10 minutes of a Premier League game this season.

What's next?

Crystal Palace play Watford at home on Tuesday before playing Leicester on Saturday. Bournemouth travel to Manchester United on Wednesday before entertaining Liverpool the following Sunday.


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Speroni
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 30mins
  • 12SakhoSubstituted forDannat 25'minutes
  • 15Schlupp
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forSakoat 78'minutes
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forMcArthurat 65'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 34mins
  • 8Loftus-Cheek
  • 11ZahaBooked at 71mins
  • 17BentekeBooked at 82mins


  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6Dann
  • 13Hennessey
  • 18McArthur
  • 26Sako
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 27BegovicBooked at 40mins
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 11Daniels
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forIbeat 65'minutes
  • 16L CookBooked at 71mins
  • 6Surman
  • 24FraserSubstituted forAfobeat 87'minutes
  • 17King
  • 18DefoeSubstituted forWilsonat 80'minutes


  • 1Boruc
  • 4Gosling
  • 8Arter
  • 9Afobe
  • 13Wilson
  • 33Ibe
  • 42Simpson
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Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamBournemouth
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bakary Sako.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

  8. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Simon Francis.

  10. Post update

    Penalty saved! Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) after a foul in the penalty area.

  12. Post update

    Penalty Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha draws a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Benik Afobe replaces Ryan Fraser.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).


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