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Adam Armstrong fouled Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to complete Southampton’s comeback in a 2-1 FA Cup third-round win at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace prevailed in the first half and deserved a 14-minute lead thanks to Odsonne Edouard, but Southampton put on more pressure from the hosts before James Ward-Prourage’s free-kick hit the free-kick. to take a corner kick.

The Palace keeper should have been disappointed by his failure to save Southampton’s first goal, but the worse happened in the 68th minute when his hesitation allowed Armstrong to make a save and put it on. the ball into the empty net.

The win provided a much-needed boost to Southampton manager Nathan Jones, who has been under pressure after losing all four of his Premier League games since taking charge in November, but has now won one in the Premier League. both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

The hosts hope to start another game to Wembley after losing to Chelsea in the semi-final last season and got off to a good start as Will Hughes, in his first game of the season, managed to take Palace through. when he crosses to Wilfried Zaha inside the area.

Odsonne Edouard celebrates after giving Crystal Palace the lead over Southampton
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Odsonne Edouard celebrates after giving Crystal Palace the lead over Southampton

He was stopped by a skillful tackle from Lyanco, who did well to stop the Eagles talisman again shortly after as he plunged down the left channel before the Bo player. Ivory Coast shot a shot over the crossbar.

Palace took a 1-0 lead after 14 minutes when Zaha flicked a pass to oncoming Edouard, who beat Duje Caleta-Car for the ball and finished with a low shot below Gavin Bazunu into the bottom left corner.

The home side narrowly doubled the lead when Michael Olise cut back against Jordan Ayew, whose six-foot effort somehow went over the bar.

It proved to be expensive when the Saints leveled in the 37th minute after some poor defense by the home team. Ward-Prourage takes a seemingly innocuous free kick into the box but Joel Ward heads off at the wrong time.

James Ward-Pr’s scores the equalizer for Southampton
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James Ward-Pr’s scores the equalizer for Southampton

The ball bounced inside the box before avoiding Guaita, who was moving in the right direction but couldn’t stop the ball from going over the right post and into the net.

Zaha tried to break the deadlock early in the second half, rushing into the box but his shot was saved by Lyanco on the edge of the 6m50.

The ball circled around the area before it deflected to the feet of Olise, who made a direct attempt at Bazunu, then delivered a free-kick at the Saints keeper, who jumped to make a straight save. frankly.

Southampton took the lead for the first time in 68 minutes.

Guaita had just made a good save from Samuel Edozie and then saved Armstrong’s header, but he soon made the mistake of trying to make his usual save from outside the box when Armstrong swooped in, stealing the ball from the man. Spain and had plenty of time to finish his low shot into an empty net.

As the rain began to pour, Zaha spun around Kyle Walker-Peters before he was lowered near the line. But Palace were unable to take advantage of the two set-pieces that followed, as well as five minutes of injury time as all chances to equalize were lost.

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