Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Buy tickets
1-1
29 July 2017 Venue Stade Saint-Symphorien Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Metz
1 - 1
FT
Crystal Palace

Listen live now

Watch live now

Listen or watch live now


5-3-2
  • 1
    Thomas Didillon
    GK
  • 25
    Iván Balliu
    DF
  • 4
    Milan Biševac (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Simon Falette
    DF
  • 32
    Benoît Assou-Ekotto
    DF
  • 3
    Fallou Diagne
    DF
  • 5
    Gerónimo Poblete
    MF
  • 24
    Renaud Cohade
    MF
  • 11
    Opa Nguette
    FW
  • 8
    Yann Jouffre
    MF
  • 9
    Nolan Roux
    FW

Substitutes

  • 16
    Eiji Kawashima
    SUB
  • 21
    Moussa Niakhate
    SUB
  • 28
    Jonathan Rivierez
    SUB
  • 23
    Chris Philipps
    SUB
  • 7
    Gauthier Hein
    SUB
  • 14
    Ibrahima Niane
    SUB
  • 17
    Habib Diallo
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Philippe Hinschberger

3-4-3
  • 13
    Wayne Hennessey
    GK
  • 44
    Jairo Riedewald
    DF
  • 6
    Scott Dann
    DF
  • 4
    Luka Milivojevic
    DF
  • 10
    Andros Townsend
    MF
  • 42
    Jason Puncheon (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek
    MF
  • 3
    Patrick van Aanholt
    MF
  • 49
    Jason Lokilo
    FW
  • 17
    Christian Benteke
    FW
  • 11
    Wilfried Zaha
    FW

Substitutes

  • 1
    Julian Speroni
    SUB
  • 2
    Joel Ward
    SUB
  • 5
    James Tomkins
    SUB
  • 15
    Jeffrey Schlupp
    SUB
  • 27
    Damien Delaney
    SUB
  • 34
    Martin Kelly
    SUB
  • 36
    Freddie Ladapo
    SUB
  • 44
    Nya Kirby
    SUB
  • 45
    Michael Phillips
    SUB
  • 46
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Frank de Boer

Advertisement block

-

Commentary to begin soon

There are currently no key moments to display.

Are you sure you want to delete this event?

Delete Cancel

Advertisement block

Match Previews

Preview: Metz v Crystal Palace

28 July 2017

Palace head to north-east France on Saturday to take on FC Metz in their fourth first-team pre-season friendly of the summer, looking to build on the progress made in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong last week.

Frank de Boer’s side ended their time in the Far East on a high after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in their final match, and now the squad head across the English Channel to take on Metz, who finished last season in 14th position in Ligue 1 in what was their first season back in the top-flight.

The game will start with a ceremonial kick-off from Michele Padovano, who moved to Metz from Palace in 1998 – one of two players who has played for both sides, with the other being Emmanuel Adebayor.

Metz’s summer so far

This will be the final game of Metz’s pre-season preparations, which has seen them beat Locmine and Belgian sides Tubize and Eupen. They suffered a shock 4-1 defeat to second tier Auxerre but last Saturday saw them claim a 1-1 draw against Standard Liege. A week after taking on the Eagles, they start their league campaign at home to Guingamp.

The summer’s transfer dealings haven’t been kind to The Maroons, who have seen their squad weakened by the defections of highly-rated teenagers Ismaïla Sarr to Rennes for £15 million and Boris Mathis to Everton – the former had reportedly been wanted by Barcelona. Last season’s top scorer Mevlut Erdinc returned to his parent club Hannover after his loan deal expired, while four other players have been released.

However, striker Nolan Roux has been signed from St Etienne, and Gambian under-20 international Mevlut Erdinc has arrived from Senegalese feeder club Generation Foot, as has Ibrahima Niane. Defender Moussa Niakhate has also arrived from Valenciennes for £440,000.

Opposition view

Metz are managed by Philippe Hinschberger, who spent his entire 15-year playing career at the club between 1977 and 1992. He has been in the post since December 2015 when he replaced ex-Charlton Athletic manager Jose Riga and steered Metz to promotion at the end of his first season.

Speaking about his aims for the season, he said: “We need to concede fewer goals since we finished with the worst defence last season and make progress in our home matches. We need to do more of what we did in 2017 and beat teams that are around us in the league and achieve one or two more upsets at home. We want to finish at a better place than the 14th, but maybe 17th will be sufficient.”

Team news

New signing Jairo Riedewald could make his first appearance in Palace colours after completing his transfer from Ajax on Monday, adding to De Boer’s options. All of the squad who travelled to Hong Kong should be available for selection if required, with Pape Souare and Connor Wickham the only long-term injuries on the club’s books presently.

In an ill-tempered friendly against Liege last weekend, defender Simon Falette was sent-off for Metz and it remains to be seen if he is available to feature against Palace this weekend. Hinschberger was also sent to the stands but is expected to be in the dugout come the weekend.

Watch out for

Roux made his debut for The Maroons against Standard Liege last week and marked the occasion with a goal as he aims to fill the void left by Turkish international Erdinc. A former French under-21 international, he is a former Lille teammate of Pape Souare and scored 13 Ligue 1 goals for St Etienne last season.

Pre Season

10 Things You Need To Know About Metz

11 July 2017

Meanwhile, another name familiar to Palace fans will be Benoit Assou-Ekotto who featured for Tottenham Hotspur between 2006 and 2013, and also had a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers. Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima is Japan’s number one, has 76 caps to his name and played in two World Cups, while Cheick Doukouré is an international teammate of Wilfried Zaha.

Last time we met

The two sides have faced off once before 50 years ago when the Glaziers travelled to the town to participate in a friendly game and ran out 3-1 victors, with Johnny Byrne grabbing two goals.

More information on that game

Tickets, travel and coverage

The club currently have a limited number of tickets remaining, and they are on sale to season ticket holders and paid members from the box office until 5pm on Friday 28th July, subject to availability. There will be no ticket sales on the day of the game at the stadium for Palace supporters.

Pre Season

Watch FC Metz Live Online

27 July 2017

Book online now

In addition to a confirmation email, all supporters who book tickets will also receive an e-ticket (sent separately within 24 hours). This must be printed, and then exchanged at the stadium for a match ticket to gain entry.

All Palace fans have to come via the Stadium Street (“Rue du Stade”) along the Mosel Canal. It will be the only way to reach the visiting supporters’ stand - more information.

In addition, fans are advised to arrive at the Stade Saint-Symphorien no sooner than at 1.30 pm (local time), since the access will be closed until this time. The club advise fans not to travel if you haven’t purchased a ticket for the game.

For those not travelling to France, the game will be streamed live on eagles.cpfc.co.uk for all Palace fans worldwide, with the exception of those in France and Norway.

Fans can load the stream from 1pm BST ahead of the 2pm BST kick-off.  We expect high volumes of traffic, so advise fans to log-on as soon as possible and click the ‘Live Video Stream’ link in the top navigation.

If you are not registered as a Free Member – you can subscribe

Advertisement block

Match Reports

Report: Metz 1-1 Crystal Palace

29 July 2017

Palace were forced to settle for a share of the spoils across the Channel as they claimed a 1-1 draw with Metz, with Wilfried Zaha grabbing his first goal of pre-season.

After the Eagles had extraordinarily hit the goalframe three times in the first half, they finally made an opportunity count when Zaha volleyed home on 56 minutes, but they were pegged back thanks to a fantastic strike by Ibrahima Niane 12 minutes from time.

Despite that setback, there were still plenty of positives for Frank de Boer to take from the game with Palace looking dangerous in attack, dominating the majority of the game and also seeing new man Jairo Riedewald get a useful 45 minutes under his belt.

The opening 20 minutes passed by without incident in the French sunshine, but that all changed when the Eagles rattled the woodwork with the encounter’s first opportunity. Finding himself with the ball on the right, Andros Townsend cut back onto his left foot and whipped a deep cross into the box which was attacked by Christian Benteke, but the ball thudded off the corner of post and bar and away to safety from a Metz point of view.

And 10 minutes later déjà vu occurred in the north-east of France as the Belgian was again denied by the woodwork. After Luka Milivojevic hit the wall with a free-kick, Townsend did well to win a corner which was taken by Jason Lokilo, and it fell perfectly onto the head of Benteke who got more power behind it than his first attempt, but ended up with the same outcome.

It took 35 minutes for the hosts to carve out a decent opportunity of their own, and Nolan Roux should have done better after he was picked out by a great cross from the right by Ivan Balliu but the summer signing’s header was comfortable for Wayne Hennessey, but deep into stoppage-time the Eagles again were left frustrated by the goalframe when another fine set-piece delivery by Lokilo picked out Milivojevic at the back post, but he could only divert it against the foot of the post with Thomas Didillon scrambling across his goalline.

The opening goal simply wouldn’t arrive for the Eagles in the opening 45 as the Metz goal lived a charmed life, and it continued to do so after the restart when Zaha dribbled from the halfway line to the byline and squared for Benteke who was a stud’s length from tapping home the opening goal, but on 56 minutes it finally arrived as the pressure finally told.

Skipper Jason Puncheon received the ball in the middle of the park and a sweeping pass released Townsend on the right flank. He drove forward before sending a deep delivery to the back stick, where Zaha was on hand to volley home a low, drilled effort from close range that left Didillon helpless.

That looked to have possibly been enough for Palace to claim the win with Metz struggling to impose themselves in the final third, but with 12 minutes to go they drew level with a fantastic strike from out of nothing. A clearance was nodded backwards by Milivojevic but latched upon by Niane who shrugged off the efforts of Martin Kelly as he raced to the edge of the box, and the 18-year-old unleashed a hammer of a right-footed strike that flashed into the top corner of Hennessey’s net to draw the teams level again.

The youngster was enjoying his first appearance at the Stade Saint-Symphorien and with five minutes to go he headed a Renaud Cohade corner just wide of the mark, and with 90 seconds remaining Townsend showed his threat from the flank again as he crossed for Benteke who also steered a header off target, with the striker a fraction away from claiming a hat-trick, but Palace would have to settle for just the one goal from their afternoon’s work.

 

Metz: Didillon, Balliu (Rivierez 82), Bisevac, Falette, Assou-Ekotto, Diagne (Philipps 69), Poblete, Cohade, Nguette (Hein 28), Jouffre (Diallo 60), Roux (Niane 63). Subs not used: Kawashima, Niakhaté.

Palace: Hennessey, Milivojevic, Dann (Kelly 61), Riedewald (Tomkins 46), Townsend, Puncheon, Loftus-Cheek (Phillips 70), Van Aanholt (Schlupp 70), Lokilo (Kirby 61), Zaha, Benteke. Subs not used: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Wan-Bissaka, Ladapo.

Advertisement block

Ticket News

FC Metz Ticket Update

27 July 2017

The club currently have a limited number of tickets remaining for Saturday’s friendly against FC Metz and we can confirm they will be on sale to season ticket holders and paid members from the box office through until at 5pm on Friday 28th July, subject to availability.

Tickets will be available to book online. in person at the box office, or by calling the Ticket Line on 08712 000 071.

The box office and ticket line will be open from 9am to 5.30pm Today & Friday, with tickets being available to book online outside of those hours.

In addition to a confirmation email, all supporters who book tickets will also receive an E-Ticket (sent separately within 24 hours) for entry to this match.

This E-Ticket must be printed, and then exchanged at Metz’s Stade Saint- Symphorien for a match ticket, only the match ticket will gain you entry in to the match.

Supporters are advised to arrive at Metz’s Stade Saint-Symphorien at 1:30 pm (local time) and the club advise fans not to travel to the stadium if you haven’t purchased a ticket for the game.

Advertisement block

Advertisement block