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22 July 2017 Venue Hong Kong Stadium Attendance 39,273 Referee Chiu-Kok Ng

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Crystal Palace
2 - 0
West Bromwich Albion

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3-4-3
  • 13
    Wayne Hennessey
    GK
  • 4
    Luka Milivojevic
    DF
  • 27
    Damien Delaney
    DF
  • 34
    Martin Kelly
    DF
  • 10
    Andros Townsend
    MF
  • 42
    Jason Puncheon (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek
    MF
  • 31
    Jeffrey Schlupp
    MF
  • 11
    Wilfried Zaha
    MF
  • 26
    Bakary Sako
    MF
  • 17
    Christian Benteke
    FW

Substitutes

  • 1
    Julian Speroni
    SUB
  • 2
    Joel Ward
    SUB
  • 3
    Patrick van Aanholt
    SUB
  • 5
    James Tomkins
    SUB
  • 7
    Yohan Cabaye
    SUB
  • 20
    Jonny Williams
    SUB
  • 24
    Keshi Anderson
    SUB
  • 36
    Freddie Ladapo
    SUB
  • 44
    Nya Kirby
    SUB
  • 45
    Michael Phillips
    SUB
  • 46
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Frank de Boer

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Ben Foster
    GK
  • 25
    Craig Dawson
    DF
  • 6
    Jonny Evans (C)
    DF
  • 26
    Ahmed Hegazy
    DF
  • 2
    Allan Nyom
    DF
  • 8
    Jake Livermore
    MF
  • 22
    Nacer Chadli
    MF
  • 10
    Matt Phillips
    MF
  • 19
    Jay Rodriguez
    MF
  • 11
    Chris Brunt
    MF
  • 9
    Salomon Rondon
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Boaz Myhill
    SUB
  • 4
    Hal Robson-Kanu
    SUB
  • 5
    Claudio Yacob
    SUB
  • 14
    James McClean
    SUB
  • 34
    Rekeem Harper
    SUB
  • 44
    Tyler Roberts
    SUB
  • 45
    Jonathan Leko
    SUB
  • 47
    Sam Field
    SUB
  • 49
    Kane Wilson
    SUB
  • 50
    Dara O'Shea
    SUB
  • 53
    Max Melbourne
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Tony Pulis

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Match Previews

Asia Trophy Preview: Crystal Palace v West Brom

22 July 2017

After falling to a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday, the Eagles will face West Bromwich Albion in a third/fourth place play-off as they complete their Premier League Asia Trophy campaign on Saturday (11am BST).

The Baggies were beaten by Leicester City 7-6 on penalties after the sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Hong Kong Stadium, just before Palace were defeated 2-0 by the Reds who will take on the Foxes in the final following the play-off.

After the game, Frank de Boer and his squad will return to London on Sunday evening to continue their preparations ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, which is just three weeks away.

Busy summer ahead for Baggies

Tony Pulis’ side have scheduled 10 pre-season fixtures this summer, with the first of those coming against Slavia Prague after a gruelling fitness trip to Austria, similar to the one he took the Eagles on in 2014. Albion were defeated 2-1 by the Czech side, with James McClean getting their goal.

After that they headed to Hong Kong and faced Leicester in the other semi-final. Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring with a thunderbolt from 25 yards, but Riyad Mahrez equalised with a solo effort soon after to tie things up, meaning a shootout was required to separate the sides with Sam Field missing the crucial kick.

Six matches have then been organised against lower-league opposition, although they take place on three separate days meaning the squad will be split, before their preparations conclude with a trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

Opposition view

Tony Pulis: "We’re in a world now where whatever you give people they want a bit more, and a bit more and a bit more. They never want to look at the big picture and say ‘they’ve done really well’.

“For ourselves, looking at last season, we finished tenth, and for the first time in a long, long time we’ve actually been the most successful side in the Midlands.

"When you look at our illustrious rivals, who are a league down, this club has done absolutely fantastic. Financially rock solid and to finish in the top 10 in the Premier League is a great success. Yes we want to improve, we want to bring better players in but for us it’s small steps. We’ll not get carried away with anything."

Team news

Palace could call upon Jonny Williams and Yohan Cabaye after they missed the Liverpool match with little knocks sustained in training.

Wilfried Zaha should be OK to play a part despite being on the receiving end of a heavy challenge by Marko Grujic in the game against the Reds, while it remains to be seen if De Boer rotates his starting line-up to give more minutes to those players who came off the bench in that game.

Two of West Brom’s regulars haven’t travelled with the squad, as Gareth McAuley continues his rehabilitation from a thigh injury sustained on international duty in the summer, while James Morrison has been excused due to the bereavement of a close friend.

Despite being left at home for the trip to Austria after a reported bust-up with Pulis, Nacer Chadli featured against Leicester in the opening game.

Watch out for

Rodriguez is the biggest name of the three of West Brom’s summer recruits, and he got his Baggies career off to a great start by getting on the scoresheet in fine style against Leicester. The England international made a reported £15 million switch from Southampton in the summer, and hopes to put his injury problems behind him at his new club in what could potentially be a big coup for Pulis.

The only other major piece of business has seen Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazy sign on loan from Al Ahly. Capped 39 times by his country, the centre-back featured against the Foxes on Wednesday and will remain with the club until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Last time we met

It was back in March when two fantastic strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend sealed an important win for Palace in their fight against relegation last term.

After a nervy beginning, the deadlock was broken by Zaha when he was found on the left by Yohan Cabaye and a nice touch with his chest set him up perfectly to fire past Ben Foster.

The quality of that goal though was superseded by Townsend who dispossessed Jonathan Leko on the edge of his own area, and he dribbled 80 yards and beat a couple of players before also finding the net with a strike that would be named the Premier League’s Goal of the Month, as well as Palace’s Goal of the Season.

Tickets, travel and coverage

Tickets for the second day of the Premier League Asia Trophy are sold out.

All games take place at the Hong Kong Stadium, which is based at 55 Eastern Hospital Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay.

The nearest train station is Causeway Bay, Exit F (Hong Kong Line), which is a 15-minute walk away. It also served by Citybus number 5, KMB number 678 and number 936.

British supporters can watch the game live on Sky Sports, with highlights uploaded to Palace TV around four hours after the game’s conclusion. You can also follow the game live by following us on Twitter.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

22 July 2017

Palace claimed third place in the Premier League Asia Trophy after goals from Luka Milivojevic and Bakary Sako saw them beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in Hong Kong.

The Eagles raced into an early lead when the Serbian curled home a fine free-kick before Sako fired home a second just before half-time to put Frank de Boer’s men in pole position, and despite a few nervy moments after the restart they managed to keep the Baggies at bay and claim the bronze medal with a good, solid victory.

An early chance for Albion saw Salomon Rondon head wide after Jake Livermore’s clipped delivery, but within 11 minutes the Hong Kong Stadium was filled with roars of appreciation when Palace took the lead in fine style.

After Wilfried Zaha was unceremoniously floored by Craig Dawson after wonderfully nutmegging Allan Nyom, Milivojevic took responsibility for the free-kick just outside the area and the Serbian whipped a sensational shot over the wall past Ben Foster’s near post to loud gasps from the natives.

That settled Palace who began to play some slick football punctuated by little flicks and tricks that gained further acclaim from those in attendance, and they carved out another good opportunity when Ruben Loftus-Cheek danced around a defender and allowed Andros Townsend play a one-two with Christian Benteke but the man playing at wing-back fired over.

However with 10 minutes of the half to go Wayne Hennessey was called into action for the first time of note when Rondon was slipped in behind the Eagles defence but the shot-stopper managed to smother the ball as the Venezuelan tried to round him, and then Chris Brunt tried his luck from 30 yards but his effort sailed into the crowd.

But just as the Baggies were building up a head of steam, De Boer’s team grabbed their second goal with two minutes of the half to play. Milivojevic – featuring in an unfamiliar centre-back role - played a pass into Sako who spun away from his man on the halfway line and raced goalwards. Once he got 30 yards out, he switched the ball onto his thunderous left foot and took aim, and deflections off Claudio Yacob and Dawson completely deceived Foster as the ball squirmed into the net.

Firmly in control of proceedings, the Eagles made a trio of changes at the interval but if they thought the result was in the bag, the first three minutes of the second half proved it wasn’t. Firstly, Matt Phillips sent a teasing free-kick towards the back post where the well-positioned Ahmed Hegazy blazed over, and then a minute later Phillips bent a shot towards the top corner but Julian Speroni made a tremendous one-handed stop to divert it off course.

All the action was around the Palace penalty area during this period and Speroni had to get down to stop a Rondon drive, but possibly to be expected in the warm, humid conditions, things got a bit heated in the middle of the park with some strong tackles going in and niggly play become more prevalent.

Players tiring and a raft of substitutions added to the staccato nature of the second 45, but Albion kept plugging away and James McClean was fractions away from pulling one back when whistled a shot over the crossbar with 20 minutes remaining.

However, the Eagles defence couldn’t be breached and they clung onto their victory and third spot in the tournament in what proved to be a useful exercise for De Boer in the Far East.

West Brom: Foster, Dawson, Evans (Yacob 22), Hegazy, Nyom, Livermore (Field 68), Chadli (Roberts 75), Phillips (McClean 61), Rodriguez (Leko 61), Brunt (Wilson 62), Rondon (Robson-Kanu 61). Subs not used: Myhill, Harper, O'Shea, Melbourne.

Palace: Hennessey (Speroni 46), Milivojevic (Cabaye 60), Delaney Tomkins 60), Kelly, Townsend (Wan-Bissaka 75), Puncheon (Williams 75), Loftus-Cheek (Ward 46), Schlupp (van Aanholt 46), Zaha (Kirby 69), Benteke (Ladapo 75), Sako (Phillips 60). Sub not used: Anderson.

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