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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
  • Crystal Palace take an early lead through Fraizer Campbell
  • Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana goals win it for the Reds
  • Liverpool last won the FA Cup in 2005-06
  • Quarter-final draw takes place on Monday night

Seven-time winners Liverpool came from behind to beat Crystal Palace and move into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Fraizer Campbell put the Eagles ahead when he followed up to finish after Dwight Gayle's header had been parried by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

But Daniel Sturridge equalised with an excellent left-footed volley from Jordan Henderson's chipped pass.

Adam Lallana scored the winner with a close-range follow-up after Mario Balotelli's low free-kick was blocked.

It was a fine recovery from Brendan Rodgers's side, who are seventh in the Premier League and the third highest-ranked team left in the competition.

Match of the Day pundit Kevin Kilbane
"It was a real test of Simon Mignolet's character and he may not have been in the side if Brad Jones was fit. His performance was dominant. Outstanding.
"Jordan Henderson captained the side and it was an all-round performance from him. It was wonderful, he has the energy to press and a brilliant ball for Daniel Sturridge's goal."

With Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton and Tottenham all eliminated, this tournament represents Liverpool's best chance of winning a trophy in a disappointing season.

The Reds, who last won the FA Cup in 2006, scored twice in the last four minutes to beat Championship side Bolton 2-1 in a fourth-round replay and they suffered another scare as they went behind after 15 minutes at Selhurst Park.

Gayle pounced on Martin Skrtel's poor clearance and headed at goal with Mignolet only able to palm the ball into Campbell's path and the striker finished into an empty net.

The hosts had to soak up a lot of pressure with keeper Julian Speroni saving efforts from Lallana and Philippe Coutinho while Joe Allen shot narrowly off target.

Liverpool's recovery
Liverpool have only lost twice in 22 matches in all competitions since they were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace in the Premier League on 23 November.

Palace had enjoyed a fine recent resurgence under manager Alan Pardew since he took charge in January with five wins in their previous seven matches.

But the 53-year-old, who scored the winner for the Eagles in an FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool in 1990, was left rueing his side's inability to double their lead as Gayle's low shot was well blocked by Mignolet at the end of the first half.

That save proved crucial as Sturridge equalised four minutes into the second half with a fine finish after an intelligent, lofted ball over the home defence from Henderson.

The visitors then took the lead as Balotelli, a half-time substitute, fired in a low free-kick from just outside the penalty area that Speroni could not hold on to and Lallana pounced on the rebound.

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew played in the 1990 FA Cup final for Crystal Palace, after scoring in the 4-3 semi-final win v Liverpool
Fraizer Campbell
Fraizer Campbell's goal was his fifth of the season for Crystal Palace
Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool last won the FA Cup in 2005-06, beating a West Ham side managed by Alan Pardew on penalties
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge's goal was his third in an injury-hit season
Fans at Selhurst Park protested about the rising costs of watching top-flight football


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Speroni
  • 34KellySubstituted forGuédiouraat 63'minutes
  • 6Dann
  • 4Hangeland
  • 40Souaré
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forZahaat 72'minutes
  • 2Ward
  • 28Ledley
  • 16Gayle
  • 29ChamakhBooked at 36minsSubstituted forPuncheonat 45'minutes
  • 10Campbell


  • 3Mariappa
  • 8Guédioura
  • 11Zaha
  • 13Hennessey
  • 17Murray
  • 27Delaney
  • 42Puncheon


Formation 3-4-3

  • 22MignoletBooked at 90mins
  • 23CanBooked at 75mins
  • 37Skrtel
  • 17Sakho
  • 50MarkovicSubstituted forBalotelliat 45'minutes
  • 14HendersonBooked at 29mins
  • 24Allen
  • 18Moreno
  • 20Lallana
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forLambertat 78'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forLovrenat 79'minutes


  • 2Johnson
  • 6Lovren
  • 9Lambert
  • 19Manquillo
  • 29Borini
  • 45Balotelli
  • 52Ward
Robert Madley

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

  4. Post update

    Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

  7. Booking

    Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

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    Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Scott Dann.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

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    Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace).

  16. Post update

    Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Dejan Lovren replaces Philippe Coutinho.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Rickie Lambert replaces Daniel Sturridge.

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    Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.