Crystal Palace

A moment in time: Crystanbul

Crystal Palace supporters have enjoyed some great moments in the Premier League since their club gained promotion to English football’s top flight back in 2013.

Under the likes of Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson, the Eagles have picked up some big results while even managing to reach an FA Cup final along the way.

And amid those successes, there is probably one game that stands out the most: the incredible 3-3 draw with Liverpool at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Still in the title race despite a huge setback following a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers took his side to Selhurst Park on Monday 5th May 2014, looking to maintain the pressure on favourites Manchester City.

A header from Joe Allen, own goal from Damien Delaney and left-footed strike from Luiz Suarez made it look like Liverpool would do just that.

However, at 3-0 down, Dwight Gayle had other plans after his brace in the last 10 minutes of the game helped inspire Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace to a 3-3 comeback.

Dubbed as Crystanbul in reference to Liverpool’s Champions League final turnaround against AC Milan, it is a match the Selhurst Park faithful will now always remember for Suarez’s tears at full-time as much as Gayle’s heroics and their team’s spirit on the night.

Yet what remains arguably the takeaway from that encounter was Crystal Palace’s ability to go toe-to-toe with one of the Premier League’s elite, one going for the title at the time.

Since then, the Eagles have gone on to claim even more positive results against similar opposition including in the current season with Hodgson’s side managing to defeat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City just before the new year.

Then and against Liverpool among several other occasions, be it with Pulis or Hodgson at the helm, Crystal Palace have shown they can cause any team in English football’s top division problems.

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