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Julian Speroni leaving Crystal Palace after 15 years

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Goalkeeper Julian Speroni will leave Crystal Palace this summer after spending 15 years at the club, it was announced on Thursday. Speroni’s contract expires this summer and it will not be renewed.

The 39-year-old Argentine will depart Selhurst Park this summer after joining from Dundee United back in 2004. He made 402 appearances for Crystal Palace, more than any other goalkeeper in the club’s history and placing him fourth all-time at the club overall. Speroni also owns a club-record 112 clean sheets.

“Julian has devoted the best 15 years of his playing career to our club, and will go down in the record books,” said club chairman Steve Parish, “but perhaps more importantly, will be remembered as a true club legend by all Palace fans and everyone at the club. You just don’t get many people like Julian in elite football any more – he is a model professional, ultra-committed, immensely loyal, and has set impeccable standards to his team-mates down the years. His contribution to this club cannot be overstated, and we will be eternally grateful for his service.”

Speroni had made just 14 Premier League appearances over the past four seasons, including just one this year as he rode the bench serving as third string to Wayne Hennessey and Vincente Guaita. He could get a final run-out in the last game of the season as Palace hosts Bournemouth, with little on the line sitting in 12th.

The Argentine was critical in securing Crystal Palace’s Premier League status in 2013, keeping clean sheets in both legs of the playoff semifinal against Brighton & Hove Albion, plus again in the final against Watford that saw Kevin Phillips score the extra-time winner in a 1-0 victory. He remained the starter for the club’s first two top flight seasons after promotion that saw them finish 10th and 11th, still the best table finishes for the club in its Premier League history.

It is unclear what the future holds for Speroni, but the release did not mention retirement, so it’s possible he has offers for a bigger role elsewhere, with both the Premier League and Championship likely in play.

Salah saves Liverpool blushes in 7-goal thriller (video)

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  • Townsend gives Palace lead
  • Salah, Firmino answer
  • Tomkins levels before Salah scores 2nd
  • Milner sent off

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool finally overcame game Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield on Saturday.

The Premier League leaders extended their table lead to seven points despite going down 1-0 and tossing away a 2-1 lead.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also scored for the Reds, while Palace got goals from Andros Townsend, James Tomkins, and Max Meyer in the loss. The Eagles are just three points clear of the drop after Newcastle and Southampton won their matches.

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We’re telling you that you are reading this one right: Reds center back Joel Matip got to the doorstep on a nice Liverpool combination play, but Palace backstop Julian Speroni defied him with a nice stop.

The goal came at the other end, with Wilfried Zaha‘s dribble into the left of the box allowing for a cutback to Townsend. The former Newcastle and Spurs man knifed the ball past Alisson Becker for a 1-0 lead.

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The Reds answered through Salah, helped plenty by a Palace giveaway that helped the Egyptian one-on-one with an apparently rusty Speroni.

And Firmino turned the first half deficit on its ear when his shot turned off Cheikhou Kouyate to make it 2-1 within eight minutes of halftime.

That wasn’t it, though, as miserable Reds defending allowed Tomkins to put Palace level again! A corner kick cleared Virgil Van Dijk‘s leap but not his English counterpart.

The Reds answered again, Speroni bungling an attempted slap of James Milner‘s cross to the line for Salah to push the final inch.

Milner was sent off in the 89th minute for a last-ditch studs-up tackle, but Mane found Liverpool’s fourth goal despite its status down a man.

Meyer scored a stoppage time goal of his own off a Connor Wickham knock down of an Andros Townsend cross.

Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal: Sanchez brace holds off Eagles

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For a time it looked like the hosts would be able to pull out at least a point, but then it was all snatched away by Alexis Sanchez and Co. at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal took home three points on Thursday after picking up a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace, behind a pair of second-half goals from Sanchez.

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The Chilean international scored twice in a span of four minutes to restore the Gunners advantage, after Palace had done superbly to level the match early in the second stanza.

Jack Wilshere‘s splendid ball from his own half of the field into the path of Sanchez sealed the match for the Gunners in the 66th minute, just after the Chilean had blasted the ball past Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

The Gunners were forced to hold on in the final few minutes though, after James Tompkins narrowed the scoreline to 3-2 in the 89th minute.

It took less than five minutes after the halftime break for the Eagles to get back into the match though, when Andros Townsend finished off a delightful ball from Wilfried Zaha.

Shkodran Mustafi gave the Gunners a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute after Alexandre Lacazette‘s powerful shot was pushed aside by Speroni.

Arsenal continued to mount the pressure after the Gunners scored their first goal, and Mesut Ozil nearly had a second four minutes later when the German tested Speroni again.

After a back-and-forth opening few minutes, Yohan Cabaye nearly gave the hosts the lead on 15 minutes when the Palace attacker blasted a shot just wide of Cech’s goal from 25 yards out.

Both sides will be back in action on Sunday when Palace plays host to league leaders Man City, while Arsenal travels to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion.

Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace: Benteke the hero

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  • First away win, goals of season for Palace
  • Benteke with a goal, assist
  • Leicester’s first defeat in five
  • Palace unbeaten in seven, longest ever run in PL

Crystal Palace beat Leicester City 3-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as first half goals from Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha set Roy Hodgson’s side on their way to a first away win of the season with Bakary Sako hammering home another goal in stoppage time.

Leicester’s run of four-straight wins came to an abrupt end as Claude Puel‘s side struggled from start to finish and Palace looked dangerous on the break with Benteke scoring one, setting up another and making amends for his missed penalty kick late on against Bournemouth last weekend.

To add to Leicester’s woes Wilfried Ndidi was sent off in the second half for picking up two yellow cards.

With the win Palace move on to 17 points and push out of the relegation zone and into 14th place, while Leicester remain on 26 points.

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Palace started well early on with Jeffrey Schlupp pulling a ball back across goal which was crying out to be finished, then Ruben Loftus-Cheek broke free on the edge of the box but his low shot was well saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester looked threatening on the break as the first half wore on but Puel’s side failed to create clear cut chances and they were hit with a hammer blow.

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Neat build-up play on the right saw the ball fall to Andros Townsend and his delightful inswinging cross found Benteke who nodded home Palace’s first away goal of the season.

There was a sense of relief for Benteke and a deserved lead for the Eagles, but soon after Benteke almost headed into his own net but his defensive clearance flew inches wide and then Jamie Vardy went close for the hosts.

Benteke then created Palace’s second goal as he drove forward with the ball, played in Zaha and the Ivory Coast international drilled home. 2-0.

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Palace sat back and soaked up plenty of Leicester pressure in the second half, with the Foxes going close with Riyad Mahrez having a low shot saved well by Julian Speroni and Benteke heading wide at the other end.

On the break the Eagles threatened as the second half wore on and Leicester pushed to get back into the game, but Ndidi then picked up two yellows cards with the second for a shocking dive in the box.

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Hodgson’s men held on comfortably to continue their impressive recovery and added a third goal in stoppage time with Sako smashing home.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth: Defoe scores beauty brace

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  • Defoe opens, closes first half scoring
  • Milivojevic, Dann score
  • Key saves from Begovic, Speroni

Christian Benteke missed a stoppage time penalty kick and Bournemouth held on for a point at Selhurst Park in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Jermain Defoe‘s brace included a gorgeous finish, making amends for Luka Milivojevic and Scott Dann goals.

Palace remains 20th with 11 points, while Bournemouth is 14th with 16.

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A clever short corner caught Palace looking poor, with Defoe sprung all alone — by an illegal pick — near the penalty spot to bury a side-footed offering.

Palace was immediately ready to level, but a timely intervention stopped Mamadou Sakho at the goal line following fine work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Eagles leveled when Wilfried Zaha was chopped down in the box, and Milivojevic had no problem with his penalty attempt.

Dann used a Yohan Cabaye cross to make it 2-1, but only briefly as Defoe scored this wonder goal (top).

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Jordon Ibe snapped the game back into life in the 70th minute when he forced Julian Speroni into a diving parry.

And it was a hard foul that brought a different kind of vigor to the match, with Lewis Cook‘s sliding challenge on Zaha leading both players into yellow cards.

Asmir Begovic made a great reaction stop when Loftus-Cheek’s deflected effort teased the near post. An ensuing corner was toe-poked wide of the goal by Milivojevic.

Charlie Daniels then cut down Zaha, but Benteke remained ice cold with a poor penalty attempt which was saved by Begovic.