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Crystal Palace’s Pape Souare in hospital after car crash

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Crystal Palace have confirmed left back Pape Souare is in hospital receiving treatment after being involved in a car accident.

Souare, 26 was involved in the incident on Sunday on the M4 motorway and was airlifted to hospital in London.

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Since joining from Lille in January 2015 the Senegalese defender has been a mainstay at left back for Alan Pardew‘s side and he’s started three of their opening four League games so far this season, bu wasn’t part of the squad for the 2-1 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

In a statement released by the club on Monday, they revealed that Souare has injuries to his thigh and jaw bone and will remain in hospital.

“Crystal Palace Football Club regret to confirm that Pape Souare was yesterday (Sunday) involved in a car accident and taken to hospital in London.

“The player has sustained injuries to his thigh and jaw bone and will remain in hospital whilst he receives treatment.  The club are liaising closely with the hospital on his progress and we obviously wish him a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with Pape and his family at this time.”

Messages have been coming in from his teammates at Palace and all around the soccer community for Souare.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa: Dann the star as Eagles win again

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  • Palace into the Top Four with win
  • Dann with goal, assist for Palace
  • Adama produces Villa’s goal
  • Villa with three points from three matches

Alan Pardew’s thriving Eagles picked up their second win of the year, this time a 2-1 decision over Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Scott Dann scored for Palace, later adding the assist on Bakary Sako’s first Eagles goal.

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Palace came close to breaking through several times, on one occasion denied by USMNT keeper Brad Guzan’s sliding save that finished with the American careening into the post with his hip.

The Eagles had a goal pulled back well after it was awarded when a shot that took a turn off James McArthur’s chest and into the goal took plenty of celebratory plaudits before the linesman called it back.

It was Dann who completed the trick with a rising header off a Jason Puncheon corner with 20 minutes to play in South London.

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Adama Traore helped Villa to an equalizer when he danced around Jason Puncheon and then crossed the ball off Pape Souare, flummoxing Alex McCarthy on its way into the goal.

Perhaps turnabout was fair play when Jordan Amavi gifted the match-winning chance to Palace, with Sako hitting a beautiful strike on debut in the 88th minute.

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Watch Live: Crystal Palace vs. Hull City (Lineups and Live Stream)

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On Saturday the Tigers head to the Eagles as Hull City play Crystal Palace (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) at Selhurst Park.

Steve Bruce’s side is in desperate need of a win after losing three on the spin and five of their last six. Palace and Pardew came unstuck against West Brom last weekend and they can expect a similar type of game against a team scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the table.


In team news Palace make two changes with Martin Kelly and Pape Souare replacing Joel Ward and Joe Ledley, while Hull ditch playing with three center backs as Robbie Brady comes in for Alex Bruce.


Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak, McArthur; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Murray. Subs: Hennessey, Hangeland, Ledley, Mutch, Lee, Sanogo, Gayle

Hull City: Harper, Chester, Dawson, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn, Brady, Aluko, N’Doye. Subs: McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Bruce, Hernandez, Sagbo, Ramirez

Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace: Early second-half storm sees Eagles win on road

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Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie combined for three goals in six minutes just after halftime and Crystal Palace stunned Sunderland at the Stadium of Light to push Alan Pardew’s squad on the verge of the table’s top half.

Bolasie would finish with a hat-trick and Alan Pardew grabbed his ninth win in charge of Crystal Palace since taking over just after the new year, and his sixth on the road.

Sunderland began brightly, causing problems for the Palace back line but the visitors built themselves into the game by the 15th minute. A failed Sunderland clearance fell to Jack Rodwell, but a heavy touch from the former Manchester City midfielder lost control of the ball. James McCarthy came rushing onto the ball and Rodwell came flying in to win the ball back, lucky to get off with just a yellow card after going airborne to topple McCarthy and wearing a relieved expression after seeing just the caution from Anthony Taylor’s pocket.

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Scott Dann then went into the book confusingly as he went for a loose ball in the box and got his boot to Kasper Schmeichel’s face and left the goalkeeper with a mouth full of blood. The persistent fouling continued past the half-hour mark, and Lee Cattermole got himself a customary first-half caution before Pape Souare went down under a Billy Jones challenge and could not continue, forcing Pardew into an early change.

Palace had an opportunity as Yannick Bolaise was sprung and got off a dangerous pull-back two-on-one but no one was waiting in the middle of the box. Sunderland had a similar opportunity on the other end as Jones whipped in a savory cross looking for Steven Fletcher but Dann stopped the danger full-stretch before it reached its target.

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Just three minutes after halftime, Crystal Palace managed to capitalize on its pressure. A fantastic move on the right edge of the box got Bolaise free, and he whipped a pinpoint cross to the back post and found Glenn Murray unmarked and the 31-year-old headed home. Sunderland complained for offsides but replays showed Murray’s position was legal.

With Sunderland reeling from the first goal, Palace shocked them for a second the other way around. A long ball for Murray found its mark, and the goalscorer touched to Bolasie who beat Santiago Vergini and touched home for a 2-0 lead. Then the floodgates opened. Yet another long ball pumped forward and got past John O’Shea, and Bolasie powered his way past the defender to reach the ball. He finished with a luscious chip over Pantillimon for a third goal in six minutes.

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A stunned Sunderland had little answer, and Bolasie would get his hat-trick when he powered through a pair of defenders as well as Pantillimon to pick up a loose ball in the box and touch it home for Palace’s fourth. James McArthur nearly had a fifth minutes later but Pantillimon made a diving stop to keep him out.

Sunderland would break the clean sheet with just a minute left in regulation through Connor Wickham, but it would finish a resounding victory for Pardew and company, as Palace went into the top half of the table for a moment, before Stoke City picked up a late equalizer and put the Eagles back into 11th. Palace also climbed back to an even zero goal differential with the blowout win, although Sunderland’s late goal put them back to -1. Sunderland, meanwhile, failed to build on last week’s momentum and the Black Cats remain just three points ahead of the drop.


Sunderland: Pantilimon, O’Shea, Vergini, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole (Bridcutt 65′), Gomez (Johnson 59′), Rodwell, Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe.

Goals – Wickham 90′

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare (Kelly 35′); Bolasie (Sanogo 70′), McArthur (Ledley 69′), Jedinak, Zaha; Puncheon; Murray.

Goals – Murray 48′; Bolasie 52′, 54′, 62′

Watch Live: Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace (Lineups and Live Stream)

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On Saturday Stoke City host in-form Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET and online via Live Extra) with the Potters aiming to continue their push up the table.

Mark Hughes’ men have won three of their last four but lost their last match 1-0 away at West Brom in a shocking display. Stoke know they’ll have to be on their guard when Palace roll into town as Alan Pardew’s side possess plenty of pace, power and confidence as they continue to sit in midtable after staving off relegation fears. A few more wins for the Eagles will all but secure their PL status for a second-straight season for the first time in history.


In team news Stoke start U.S. national team man Geoff Cameron in place of Phil Bardsley, while Palace bring in Pape Souare at left back.


Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Adam; Diouf, Ireland, Arnautovic; Crouch. Subs: Butland, Bardsley, Whelan, Walters, Sidwell, Teixeira, Wollscheid

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Ledley, McArthur; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Murray. Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Hangeland, Kelly, Sanogo, Ameobi, Gayle