Ahead of Saturday evening’s clash between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park, the Premier League’s official website have decided to revisit the now infamous 3-3 draw between the two sides from May of 2014.
Having mathematically secured our place in the Premier League two weeks before the game, the atmosphere at Selhurst Park that night was one of universal celebration amongst the Palace faithful before a ball had even been kicked, not that it had an impact on the players’ desire to come away from the game with a positive result.
Following an early goal from Joe Allen, Brendan Rodgers’ Reds found themselves with a seemingly comfortable 3-0 lead after just 55 minutes thanks to an own goal from Damien Delaney and a close-range effort from Luis Suarez, giving no indication of the fight back that was to come later in the evening.
Despite most onlookers assuming that the game was all but over with 15 minutes left to play, a speculative long shot from the aforementioned Delaney flew into the back of the Liverpool goal, sparking the Eagles instantly back into life in front of a noticeably rejuvenated home crowd.
Just two minutes later, Palace found themselves in possession again having dealt with a Liverpool corner, prompting Yannick Bolasie to race up field before squaring a low pass to Dwight Gayle, who duly slotted a well-timed low effort into the bottom right-hand corner of Simon Mignolet’s goal.
From then on, the shell-shocked visitors were hanging on for dear life, clearly still struggling to come to terms with the speed in which the tie had drifted away from them. After just seven more minutes, a carefully weighted forward ball was played towards the chest of Glenn Murray who produced a delightful touch to put Gayle in on goal once more. With the confidence of a truly natural finisher, Dwight gleefully tucked home the equaliser, sending the vast majority of the 25,000 strong crowd into fits of genuine ecstasy.
It remains one of the greatest Premier League games ever played in the eyes of our supporters and neutrals alike and is almost certain to be brought back into the public eye whenever the two teams meet at Selhurst Park.
We get the feeling you won’t mind taking the opportunity to watch the highlights one more time.