CRY vs SOU
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Our guests break down the opening day trip to Crystal Palace.
Highlights: Crystal Palace 1-0 Saints
Full highlights from Selhurst Park.
Video: Romeu on frustrating start
Midfielder assesses season opener at Selhurst Park.
90 in 90: Crystal Palace 1-0 Saints
The key moments from Selhurst Park.
Romeu: We must take our chances
Midfielder frustrated as Saints unable to breach stubborn hosts.
Gallery: Crystal Palace 1-0 Saints
Saturday's Premier League opener in images.
Video: Hasenhüttl on opening day defeat
Watch the boss react to a frustrating start to the season.
Hasenhüttl: We must do better
Boss reflects on opening day defeat to Crystal Palace.
Saints fall to opening day defeat
Zaha's early volley separates the teams at Selhurst Park.
Match Pack: Crystal Palace vs Saints
All of the pre-match stats, facts and more.
Tactical Watch: Saints eyeing Selhurst repeat
Sam Tighe analyses Saints' opening day prospects.
Opposition View: Roy Hodgson
Hear from our opponents ahead of Saturday's encounter.
Video: Hasenhüttl previews Palace opener
The manager's pre-match thoughts.
Hasenhüttl: We must step up
Manager looks back on pre-season and ahead to Palace opener.
Walker-Peters: We know what we're capable of
Defender shares his thoughts ahead of Premier League opener.
Press Conference (part two): Hasenhüttl previews Palace
Part two of the manager's pre-match press address.
Press conference round-up: Crystal Palace
Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl speaks to the media ahead of opening Premier League fixture.
Gallery: Final prep for Palace
The best of Thursday's training session at Staplewood.
Press Conference (part one): Hasenhüttl on Palace opener
Watch part one of the manager's pre-match media address.
Armstrong to miss Saints' season opener
Midfielder sidelined by injury picked up on international duty.
CRY vs SOU As It Happened
Key moments so far
- Full-Time: Palace 1-0 Saints
- Zaha second half strike ruled out by VAR
- Walker-Peters red card rescinded by VAR
- Wilfried Zaha gives Palace an early lead
You can read back all the action from our opening day defeat HERE
Full-Time: Palace 1-0 Saints
It's all over and Saints should have really taken a point from Selhurst Park this afternoon. The three or four chances created just after half-time couldn't be converted and therefore it's a losing start to the 2020/21 season.
WHAT A CHANCE!
Walker-Peters gets a cross in and Ings is on the end of it with his head but it is saved again!
Should be 2-0...
Zaha runs past Stephens, is through on goal but his shot hits the side netting.
Six minutes added on...
The game has petered out in the last few minutes but just one chance is needed...
Free kick in shooting range
James Ward-Prowse stands over the ball but his effort is over. Not long to go here at Selhurst Park.
VAR Decision: Goal not awarded for Crystal Palace [Wilfried Zaha] was cancelled
Zaha gets through on goal with no-one near him and finishes easily. However, when the striker made the initial run, the top half of his body was offside after Jon Moss checks with VAR.
15 minutes to go
Saints are still battling, trying to pass the ball at pace, trying to break the Palace defence down but it is just proving difficult since that early flurry of chances at the start of the second-half.
And it just goes over. Hard angle to shoot from but the Captain took it on.
Danny Ings is tackled on the corner of the area. Ward-Prowse and Bertrand stand over it but it's an awkward angle.
Adams goes down
Che Adams has the ball in the area and goes down but Jon Moss isn't interested. Ings collects the loose ball but runs out of room as it goes out for a goal kick.
Ralph watches on
The manager will be happier with this second-half performance but no goals to show for it with 30 minutes left.
Yellow Card for James McCarthy (Crystal Palace)
📸 Adams chance
Here is that chance for Che Adams. Saints should be level here and are by far the better team.
Adams has a chance and fires hard but too closely to Guaita in the Palace goal. The keeper is able to push it away. Saints clearly on top in this second half and will feel they should be level.
Walker-Peters red card rescinded
Kyle Walker-Peters is given a red card for a high foot on fellow full-back Mitchell but it is then overturned by Jon Moss to a yellow card after consulting the monitor.
Yellow Card for Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)
AND IT'S BEEN CHANGED! Jon Moss watches the monitor and changes his mind. Walker-Peters is awarded a yellow card instead.
Red Card for Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)
Walker-Peters goes in to challenge Mitchell but is late and catches the defender on the foot in mid-air. We go though to VAR.
Walker-Peters gets in behind the Palace defence and crosses low but Adams can't get onto the end of it. Two chances in as many minutes.
It's Ings to Adams to Redmond who shoots straight at the Palace keeper. A great start to the half and much more like the Saints we saw at the end of last season.
Will we see a different Saints approach in the next 45 minutes? Here we go!
Half-Time: Palace 1-0 Saints
It's been a tough first-half for Saints who haven't been able to provide the chances for Danny Ings and Che Adams with Palace holding firm.
Corner to Saints...
Smallbone gets a cross in but it's headed behind by Scott Dann. The corner is then cleared by Dann again. It's just not falling for Saints in this first-half.
Yellow Card for Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace)
Stephens with the block...
Wilfried Zaha finds space on the wing and goes to take on the centre-back but the Saints man doesn't let him pass and it rolls out for a goal-kick.
15 minutes to half-time
Ryan Bertrand encourages his team to keep going here at Selhurst Park...
Ings gets a header away...
Danny Ings gets on the end of a cross but easily saved by Guaita in the Palace goal then McCarthy rushes out of his goal to clear a Palace attack...
Dann denied by McCarthy
Palace captain Scott Dann heads goalwards from a corner, but Alex McCarthy gets down to his left to push it away well. It wouldn't have counted anyway, though, as Jordan Ayew is flagged for offside having been just in front of McCarthy, but a good stop from the Saints keeper nonetheless.
Ralph Hasenhüttl is firing out instructions from his technical area, as he looks to help direct his team back into the game.
Saints looking to bounce back
Not a lot has happened here since that Zaha opener, but Saints will be keen to respond before half-time if they can.
Zaha fires Palace ahead
Palace win the ball in midfield, Andros Townsend races away down the right and clips a cross to Wilfried Zaha, who side-foots home at the back post. Tough on Saints, who had been in control up to that point.
Wilfried Zaha (12’) | 1 – 0
Stephens able to continue
The centre-back returns to the pitch and is into the action again.
Stephens down injured
There's a stoppage in play as Jack Stephens goes down with an injury. The defender was holding his right leg after clashing knees with Wilfried Zaha, with medical staff now giving him some treatment.
Debut outing for our third kit
It's a first look at our brand new third kit in action today!
Stephens goes close early on!
We're under way here, and Southampton have the first chance, as Jack Stephens meets James Ward-Prowse's corner with a header, but, while it's well-placed, he can't generate enough power to beat Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.
Warm-ups underway! 🏃♂️
The players are currently warming up at Selhurst Park with only 20 minutes to kick off! How we feeling Saints fans!?14.40
The players will soon be out for their warm-ups at Selhurst Park with kick-off just over 30 minutes away...14.24
PALACE STARTING ELEVEN
Starting XI: Vicente Guaita, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew, Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Jeffrey Schlupp, James McArthur, James McCarthy, Tyrick Mitchell.
Subs: Wayne Hennessey, Luka Milivojevic, Max Meyer, Michy Batshuayi, Eberechi Eze, Martin Kelly, Sam Woods.14.11
Bednarek and Smallbone start...
Saints have made two changes from the side that finished the 2019/20 season against Sheffield United. Jan Bednarek and Will Smallbone replace Jannik Vestergaard and the injured Stuart Armstrong.14.08
😇 STARTING ELEVEN 😇
Starting XI: Alex McCarthy, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek, Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Will Smallbone, Danny Ings, Che Adams.
TEAM NEWS AT 2PM
Join us at 2pm to find out who makes the first starting eleven of the 2020/21 season! Not long to wait...13.19
other teams will have points to prove but we go into games confident.Kyle walker-peters
🎥 KYLE WALKER-PETERS
Hear from one of our summer signings ahead of the new Premier League season! The right-back shares on now being a permanent saint, pre-season and our opponents today!12.47
Get all the pre-match information from both camps from our Match Pack in association with etoro!
ARMSTRONG MISSES OUT 😢
The Scotland midfielder will miss today's game due to sustaining an injury whilst on international duty.
WE MUST STEP UP AND FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING OR WE HAVE NO CHANCE.Ralph hasenhuttlMANAGER
🎥 The Boss...
Hear from manager Ralph Hasenhuttl ahead of today's fixture...11.26
THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK! 😁
Welcome to the 2020/21 season! It's only been 49 days since the last season finished but we're all ready for more!
CRY vs SOU Line Ups
Vicente Guaita (GK)
Scott Dann (C)
Jeffrey SchluppEberechi Eze (81′)
James McCarthyLuka Milivojevic (74′)
Alex McCarthy (GK)
Jan BednarekJannik Vestergaard (45′)
James Ward-Prowse (C)
William SmallboneMoussa Djenepo (77′)
Che AdamsShane Long (85′)
CRY vs SOU Match Stats
Head to Head Stats
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