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Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace: Darwin Nunez sent off before Luis Diaz rescues point for Reds

Luis Diaz
Luis Diaz scores equaliser with Liverpool’s 20th attempt of the game

Luis Diaz rescued a point for Liverpool against Crystal Palace after new summer signing Darwin Nunez was sent off in his first Premier League game at Anfield.

Liverpool dominated possession in the first half but Palace went ahead through Wilfried Zaha’s clinical finish from Eberechi Eze’s superb pass.

Expensive striker Nunez had been desperate to make an impact in front of the Kop, but was deservedly shown a red card by referee Paul Tierney after 57 minutes when he reacted to a shove from Joachim Andersen with a headbutt that floored the Palace defender.

Liverpool responded in defiant fashion with a brilliant equaliser from Diaz four minutes later, cutting in from the flank before flashing a right-foot finish past Vicente Guaita.

The inevitable siege ensued, with Mo Salah and substitute Fabio Carvalho just off target. But Palace had a golden chance of their own when Zaha struck the far post when he should have scored, as Liverpool remain without a win from their first two games.

No excuse for Nunez madness

Darwin Nunez has made an excellent impression in his early days at Liverpool following his move from Benfica, scoring in the Community Shield win against Manchester City and also getting on target in the opening weekend draw at Fulham.

Here, he left Anfield with his head bowed after a totally inexcusable moment of ill-discipline that reduced Liverpool to 10 men and weakened their attacking impetus.

Nunez may have been wound up by Andersen but what followed was idiotic and expensive as he thrust his head straight into the Palace defender, leaving Tierney with no option but to send him off.

The brilliant Diaz stepped into the breach with a moment of magic for the equaliser while Harvey Elliott was also outstanding before he was substituted.

Liverpool had moments towards the end but were uncomfortable when Palace pressed, so had to settle for a draw that already leaves them four points behind expected title rivals Manchester City.

Palace show resilience and threat

Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace demonstrated in their opening game against Arsenal, even in defeat, that they have the capability to build on the development they showed in the manager’s first campaign.

And they will take huge self-confidence and belief after a point at Anfield which, with better finishing, could even have been three.

Palace spent much of the game defending, with Andersen and Marc Guehi solid, but Zaha’s goal on the counter-attack showed what they are all about, with Eze another fine contributor.

Zaha was a danger all night but held his head in anguish when he could only turn that opportunity at the far post against the upright with the goal at his mercy.

Palace held firm in the closing stages despite having to contend with a wall of noise from the Kop to earn a draw that will delight them, as will their performance.

Player of the match

ZahaWilfried Zaha

with an average of 7.42


  1. Squad number23Player nameDíaz
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  2. Squad number19Player nameElliott
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  3. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
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  4. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
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  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
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  6. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
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  7. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
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  8. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
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  9. Squad number7Player nameMilner
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  10. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
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  11. Squad number2Player nameGomez
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  12. Squad number47Player namePhillips
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  13. Squad number28Player nameFábio Carvalho
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  14. Squad number21Player nameTsimikas
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  15. Squad number27Player nameNúñez
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Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number11Player nameZaha
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  2. Squad number10Player nameEze
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  3. Squad number16Player nameAndersen
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  4. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi
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  5. Squad number17Player nameClyne
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  6. Squad number3Player nameMitchell
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  7. Squad number2Player nameWard
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  8. Squad number13Player nameGuaita
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  9. Squad number28Player nameDoucouré
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  10. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp
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  11. Squad number7Player nameOlise
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  12. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew
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  13. Squad number26Player nameRichards
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  14. Squad number19Player nameHughes
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  15. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic
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  16. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard
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Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 47PhillipsSubstituted forGomezat 63′minutes
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19ElliottSubstituted forFreitas Gouveia Carvalhoat 79′minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forHendersonat 63′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 27NúñezBooked at 57mins
  • 23DíazBooked at 40mins


  • 2Gomez
  • 8Keïta
  • 13Adrián
  • 14Henderson
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 28Freitas Gouveia Carvalho
  • 42Clark
  • 43Bajcetic
  • 72van den Berg

Crystal Palace

Formation 5-4-1

  • 13GuaitaBooked at 90mins
  • 17Clyne
  • 2WardBooked at 68mins
  • 16AndersenBooked at 57mins
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3MitchellSubstituted forRichardsat 79′minutes
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forÉdouardat 63′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 28DoucouréSubstituted forHughesat 79′minutes
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forOliseat 88′minutes
  • 10EzeSubstituted forMilivojevicat 79′minutes
  • 11Zaha


  • 4Milivojevic
  • 7Olise
  • 14Mateta
  • 19Hughes
  • 21Johnstone
  • 22Édouard
  • 23Ebiowei
  • 26Richards
  • 48Plange

Paul Tierney

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 1.

  3. Attempt missed. Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Richards following a corner.

  4. Attempt missed. Chris Richards (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Olise with a cross following a corner.

  5. Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kostas Tsimikas.

  6. Kostas Tsimikas (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Trent Alexander-Arnold is caught offside.

  8. Offside, Crystal Palace. Joachim Andersen tries a through ball, but Odsonne Édouard is caught offside.

  9. Offside, Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

  10. Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Attempt missed. Fábio Carvalho (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabinho with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  12. Luis Díaz (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

  14. Odsonne Édouard (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

  17. Substitution, Crystal Palace. Michael Olise replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

  18. Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Attempt blocked. Kostas Tsimikas (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross.

  20. Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

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