VIDEO: Watch All SIX Of Palace’s Goals Against Halmstads

5 Posted by - July 17, 2018 - News, Video

Crystal Palace played their second friendly of pre-season against Swedish side Halmstads BK yesterday evening, running out as mightily impressive 6-1 winners in the process.

Following on from our 2-2 draw last week, Roy Hodgson told the press that he’d be starting with what he considered to be his strongest XI from the beginning against the Swedes and was rewarded when Christian Benteke opened the scoring with a low shot from the edge of the box following some good work from the constantly lively Andros Townsend.

A few minutes later, Palace were dealt a blow when the big man signalled to come off with a knock just as Halmstads were breaking away to equalise but it didn’t take long for the Eagles to regain the lead thanks to two quick-fire strikes from the left-hand corner of the area, hit by Patrick van Aanholt. The Dutchman ended last season in fine goal-scoring form and looks to be just as hungry for them this summer, which bodes extremely well for us.

Sullay Kaikai added a fourth before the interval, drifting his way past two covering defenders before unleashing a powerful low drive from roughly 20 yards out. It was a goal that is likely to have come as a relief to the academy man, who is still desperate to break into Roy Hodgson’s first-team plans after spending time on loan last season.

The second half brought a raft of changes and two further goals for Palace, first through James McArthur, who found himself with time to take aim from 25 yards out before curling a beauty beyond the reach of the Halmstads keeper and into the right-hand side of the net.

The final goal was scored by Jason Puncheon, who, moments after coming off the bench found himself with a clear sight of goal after being left unmarked following a cross from the right-wing. Had Jason not tucked it away, the referee would almost certainly have blown for a penalty anyway, given a rather violent shove on Alexander Sørloth as he attempted to get a header in on goal, not that it mattered too much in the grand scheme of things.

You can watch all six of the goals as often as you want via the links attached below.


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