Liverpool had to come from behind but came up with the final-third quality to sneak a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Crystal Palace 1–2 Liverpool
Premier League, Selhurst Park
March 31, 2018
Goals: Milivojevic (pen) 13′; Mane 48′, Salah 84′
Mane’s Manic Match
If Sadio Mane’s form has been up-and-down across the season, he managed to encapsulate it in the space of 90 minutes in south London.
The wide forward was one of the best outlets in the early stages for the Reds, without too much really coming off, but it all went crazy for him soon after.
First he was played in and had a great chance to either win a penalty, tee up a team-mate or take a shot himself. He did none in the end and went to ground far too late, even though there was a minimal amount of contact, and ended up being booked for simulation.
Either side of half-time, Mane had the ball in the net: firstly seeing a header (correctly) ruled out for offside from two yards, then netting the all-important equaliser to silence Palace’s booing fans.
But around the hour mark he left the pitch—and he was fortunate it was subbed off, not sent off, after a deliberate handball when he felt he had been fouled.
An eventful afternoon, but he played a part in the Reds’ win, so not all negative.
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