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Palace Stage Dramatic Comeback to Secure League Cup Third Round Spot



Crystal Palace produced a stunning comeback at Home Park, scoring three goals in just five minutes to overturn a two-goal deficit and advance to the third round of the League Cup. Odsonne Edouard and Jean-Philippe Mateta were the heroes for Palace, who showed incredible resilience and determination.

The match started poorly for Palace as Plymouth made a strong start and took the lead early on. Tyreik Wright delivered a perfect ball into the box, which was headed back towards goal by Callum Wright and emphatically finished by Ben Waine from close range. It was a wake-up call for Palace, who found themselves with a mountain to climb.

However, Palace responded almost immediately, with Jesurun Rak-Sakyi finding the back of the net with a superb strike. Unfortunately, the goal was disallowed for offside, denying Palace the chance to celebrate their equalizer. Rak-Sakyi continued to cause problems for Plymouth’s defense and came close to creating an equalizer with his skillful dribbling. Jean-Philippe Mateta was inches away from making contact with Rak-Sakyi’s pass, but Palace remained behind.

With time running out, Palace manager Roy Hodgson made a triple substitution, bringing on Jeff Schlupp, Ebere Eze, and Jordan Ayew. The changes proved to be a game-changer for Palace as chaos ensued. Edouard got Palace back into the match, poking the ball home from Ayew’s cross, reminiscent of his goal on the opening day of the season. Just three minutes later, Eze provided the assist for Mateta, who finished from close range to level the scores.

But Palace was not done yet. Straight from the kick-off, Schlupp found Mateta, who completed his brace and gave Palace the lead for the first time in the match, sending the away supporters into a frenzy. The impact of the substitutes was immense, with each of them contributing an assist and completely turning the game around.

Plymouth, however, continued to threaten and tested Palace goalkeeper Oliver Johnstone with a long-range effort from Waine. But Palace sealed the victory with a clinical finish from Mateta, completing his hat-trick. Eze once again provided the pass, recording his second assist of the game.

This remarkable comeback showcased the fighting spirit of this Crystal Palace team. They refused to be beaten and now await the draw for the third round of the League Cup. Their determination and resilience will undoubtedly be a source of inspiration for the team going forward.

Palace Lineup:

  • Johnstone (GK)
  • Clyne
  • Tomkins (Guéhi, 84)
  • Richards
  • Mitchell
  • Riedewald (Eze, 56)
  • Lerma
  • Ahamada (Schlupp, 56)
  • Rak-Sakyi (Ayew, 56)
  • Mateta
  • Edouard

Plymouth Lineup:

  • Burton (GK)
  • Pleguezuelo
  • Scar
  • Butcher
  • C. Wright
  • Miller (Mumba, 71)
  • Warrington (Issaka, 80)
  • T. Wright (Azaz, 71)
  • Waine (Hardie, 80)
  • Cundle (Whittaker, 71)
  • Kesler-Hayden


Ifeoma Okafor

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