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Summary

  1. Palace unbeaten in four league games
  2. Bournemouth winless in last eight trips to London

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Where's Milivojevic?

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

Why isn't Luka Milivojevic taking the penalty? He is brilliant at taking penalties for Crystal Palace. If he'd taken it he'd have scored and Palace would have won the match.

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

The final whistle blows with Bournemouth's players appealing for a penalty at the other end.

What a game...

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Still there is time.

Palace with a free-kick from a good spot.

Goalmouth scramble. And Luke Milivojevic stabs straight at Asmir Begovic.

MISSED PENALTY

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Christian Benteke's penalty is a powderpuff effort straight down the middle and Asmir Begovic shoves it clear.

Bournemouth players almost slap Begovic's back into spasm...

Christian Benteke misses a penalty
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PENALTY TO PALACE

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Drama!

Charlie Daniels slides in on Wilfried Zaha. Down he goes.

All eyes on Kevin Friend...

IT'S A PENALTY!

Beteke to take...

INJURY TIME

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Five minutes added on at the end of the ninety.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Benik Afobe is on for Bournemouth in the final change for the Cherries...

GREAT SAVE!

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Asmir Begovic is down sharp and smart at his near post to push away Rueben Loftus-Cheeks' low drilled effort.

The Cherries hanging on now as Luka Milivojevic toe-pokes the afters wide.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

And Christian Benteke is the latest entry into Kevin Friend's little black book.

Not quite sure what the Belgian did there. A bit of a strongarm challenge that, along with a few earlier indiscretions, totted up to yellow.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

And a change for Bournemouth.

Jermain Defoe has earned his peas. He heads off with Callum Wilson on up top for the final 10 minutes.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

James McArthur with a blatant and deliberate trip to halt a Bournemouth attack.

That is the sixth booking of the game.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

A change for Palace as Bakary Sako replaces Andros Townsend.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Should that have been the winner?

Scott Dann, hunting his second of the match, stabs over the bar from all of four yards from Christian Benteke's flick-on.

Heads in hands all around Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Wilfried Zaha scampers clear down the left and smashes a shot straight at Asmir Begovic from a tightening angle.

The offside flag was up against the Palace winger anyway.

Fifteen to go.

YELLOW CARDS

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Flashpoint!

Lewis Cook slips in midfield and Wilfried Zaha pounces on the loose ball.

The Bournemouth midfielder snuffs out the growing danger as he slides in and swipes Zaha's legs from under him.

Zaha bounces straight back onto his feet and shoves Cook square in the chest.

Yellows for both, to the crowd's disapproval.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Jordon Ibe finds himself in a pocket of space, 25 yards from goal, gets his head down and drives his laces through the back of the ball.

A meaty strike. But Julian Speroni is equal to it, pushing away with two big palms.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

The first change for the Cherries.

Jordon Ibe is on for Junior Stanislas, who has been decent for the visitors.

And a change for Palace as Roy Hodgson freshens things up in midfield. James McArthur on for Yohan Cabaye.

Roy Hodgson
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Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

A vital intervention from Steve Cook.

The Bournemouth defender hacks clear after Andros Townend's neat no-look cut-back looks destined for the back of the net via Yohan Cabaye's instep.

Both teams still going at each other hammer and tongs.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

The hat-trick was there for Jermain Defoe...but he couldn't take the chance.

The 35-year-old is picked out by Junior Stanislas' excellent low cross, but for once fails to get a clean connection in the penalty box, scuffing a first-time effort wide from 12 yards.

Could he have taken a touch? He had lost his marker.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

More positive from Bournemouth.

Junior Stanislas sends a daisy-cutting 25-yarder straight down the throat of Julian Speroni in the Crystal Palace goal.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Are Bournemouth trying to see this one out with more than half an hour left on the clock?

Asmir Begovic gets a warning for time-wasting, before he and his defenders mess up some keep ball at the back.

Palace nick possession and Yohan Cabaye brings a save out of Begovic with a trundling shot from 15 yards.

Defoe's goal 'a pearler'

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

What a pearler Defoe's second goal was.

From his angle if he goes for power he'll miss. So he knew he had to lob it up then down - sensational.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Up the other end and Palace are putting the Bournemouth defence under pressure with some direct stuff.

Nathan Ake manages to subdue Christian Benteke as the pair jump for the ball in the visiting box.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Andrew Surman gets off a snap-shot from the edge of the Palace box after good work by Joshua King, but the ball curls well over to the jeers of ridicule from the Palace supporters in the stand behind.

Andrew Surman
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KICK-OFF

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

And we are back up and running in this hum-dinging roller-coaster of a match.

HALF-TIME

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

And that is your lot. What a half of football. Fine knock-about festive fare.

GOAL - Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Jermain Defoe (45+2 mins)

Like a economy-brand Van Basten!

Jermain Defoe with a worldie of a strike, twisting to direct a dipping half-volley over the top of Julian Speroni from a tightening angle.

The legs may be getting on, but that technique is timeless.

Worth seeking that one out on Match of the Day tonight.

Jermain Defoe
Reuters

GOAL - Crystal Palace 2-1 Bournemouth

Scott Dann (45 mins)

Roy Hodgson is clapping like a lobotomised sealion on the sidelines.

Scott Dann has now scored in four successive Premier League games against Bournemouth, the defender sneaking in at the back post to meet Yohan Cabaye's bulleted low cross.

Palace turn around the contest as the half-time oranges are being sliced up backstage.

Scott Dann
Reuters

'There's very little contact'

Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

That looks a soft penalty to me. Zaha goes one-on-one with Begovic and it's easy to say that's a dive. There's very little contact to make him tumble.

GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth

Luka Milivojevic (pen) (41 mins)

Luka Milivojevic doesn't do disguise.

The Serb trots up to the ball, telegraphing that he is going to put it to goalkeeper's left.

Asmir Begovic goes that way. But the strike is too clean, the placement too exact for him to get to the top corner before the ball.

Luka Milivojevic
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PENALTY

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

Palace penalty!

Wilfried Zaha races onto a Christian Benteke flick-on and a combination of Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic bring down the flying winger....

Wilfried Zaha
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

Bournemouth are less busy in attack, but more efficient in creating chances.

Julian Speroni has to slide out to block at the feet of Jermain Defoe after a neat cushioned touch took the Bournemouth striker away from his man in the box as the pair fought for a Simon Francis cross.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

Luka Milivojevic knew what was coming.

As soon as he clipped the heels of Ryan Fraser as the Bournemouth midfielder burst past him in the middle third, he was book-bound.

Kevin Friend duly brandishes yellow.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

That is the connection that Palace fans will want to see more of.

Wilfried Zaha's deep cross is meet by a stretching Christian Benteke, but there is no-one in the box to meet the Belgian's nod-down.

PENALTY APPEAL

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

Andros Townsend tries to loft a ball into the Bournemouth box, but it is blocked at source by Charlie Daniels.

Townsend and the Palace fans behind the goal are immediately up claiming a handball.

No dice says referee Kevin Friend.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

Uh-oh.

Potentially more defensive problems for Crystal Palace.

James Tomkins doesn't look the full ticket and he picks up a yellow card for a cynical block on Josh King.

Martin Kelly is on the bench for the hosts if they needed him. Tomkins remains on as it is...

James Tomkins
Reuters

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

Palace captain Mamadou Sakho is done for the day.

The centre-back has a lower-leg problem and manager Roy Hodgson decides he can't have a passenger with another 20 minutes to the break.

On comes Scott Dann.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

Jermain Defoe was feeling every one of those 35 years when he was given a clear run at goal from 50 yards out.

Played onside by a limping Mamadou Sakho, Defoe could not motor clear of the chasing Palace defenders and James Tomkins got back to put in a superb covering tackle.

Jermain Defoe
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

The Bournemouth defence is having a collective case of kittens every time Wilfried Zaha gets a run at them.

Simon Francis and Steve Cook are the Ivory Coast winger's dance partners this time and just about do enough to usher him out over the byeline for a goal kick.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Bournemouth

Crystal Palace are knocking on the door. Christian Benteke blasts straight into the shins of Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend's shot is blocked by a sliding Nathan Ake and Mamadou Sakho is inches away from getting the decisive touch in a game of penalty area pinball.

The Cherries survive.