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Academy Side Lose Their Second Game In Israel

25 January 2019

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S.B.V. EXCELSIOR 3-2 CRYSTAL PALACE

The second game of the tournament was against S.B.V. Excelsior In the second game of the day in the Tel Aviv sunshine.

The Eagles opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes. Malachi Boateng picked up the ball inside the 18 yard box and made no mistake as he curled into the far corner.

The next big chance of the fell to Rob Street. The forward broke clear and was crowded out before he could get his strike off.

The Eagles scored their second goal inside the opening 15 minutes. TQ addy squared the ball and Street poked the ball back to David Boateng who smashed into the top corner.

The Dutch side threatened just before the break. Their winger drove a shot that just missed the edge of the Palace post.

The second half started with S.B.V. applying pressure looking to get back into the game. Luthra was forced into a acrobatic save that he tipped over.

From the resulting corner they smashed the crossbar and Street did well to deny them a way back into the match with a goal line clearance.

Excelsior were given a way back into the match when gifted a penalty for a handball by Malachi Boateng. The striker made no mistake and sent Luthra the wrong way.

The pressure paid off with 10 minutes to go as the Dutch side levelled after a scramble in the box.

With time running out a long ball was played into the area and the S.B.V striker pulled the ball down and fired between Luthra’s legs to win them the game.

Academy coach Rob Quinn said: "These are the experiences we want to expose them to, where they have limited time to rest and recover. If you're going to be a professional and come away in tournaments and travel abroad this is what they have to get used to."

To watch all the post-match reaction from the games in Israel, head over to Palace TV now either by clicking here or 'Palace TV' on the official Palace app.


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