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How the World Reacted to Palace's Man City Stunner

24 December 2018

Not that they'll need reminding, but Palace fans are still basking in the glory of last Saturday's magnificent, shocking win over the champions of England, Manchester City, as they head into Christmas buoyed by what will go down as one of the most eye-catching results of the season.

However, upsets like that are noticed far beyond SE25 and the Eagles’ heroic triumph has caught people’s attention around the world. Most notably, perhaps, it caught the eye of French network Canal+ as one commentator in particular took a shining to Andros Townsend’s wonder strike.

But Townsend’s goal reached people on a more touching level closer to home, too, as both his father Troy and one young Palace fan bared their emotions following the thunderous effort after the final whistle.

Troy has since been put in touch with the young man’s family and is arranging to have his newly acquired shirt signed, giving him a true Palace Christmas to remember.

But it’s not just Troy in the Townsend household who expressed their joy on Saturday, and Andros joined his teammates in celebrating the result, praising the squad, visiting fans and, of course, wishing the Palace faithful a merry Christmas.






Perhaps almost as remarkable as the result, though, was this knockout prediction from Lambeth-raised boxer Dillian Whyte, who backed Palace to win even before Jeffrey Schlupp gave the Eagles that huge boost of hope in the game's 33rd minute.

It wasn't just Whyte who turned his attention from the ring to the match, however, and Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge took a moment mid-interview to distract his gaze from the heavyweight fighter and express his shock about Townsend's belter.

But amongst the celebrations, joy and festive goodwill, one Palace fan was still left unhappy by the team’s performance. Here’s to hoping the squad will try harder on Boxing Day…

For the rest of the post-match reaction, head over to Palace TV now, where all the interviews, angles and free highlights are still available. If you're reading on the app, just click 'Palace TV'.

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