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Soccer News of Wednesday, 26 August 2020


Jeffrey Schlupp partners Jordan Ayew in attack; misses a penalty in Crystal Palace friendly win

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Ghana international Jeffrey Schlupp played in an advanced role as a strike partner to Jordan Ayew and missed a penalty on Tuesday as Crystal Palace raced to beat League One side  Oxford United 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Schlupp would find himself going close to opening the scoring for the south Londoners three minutes later.

Ayew found the excellent run of Schlupp down the left-hand side channel of the penalty box.

However, with the expectation that Schlupp was perhaps too wide to truly register a target of note, the Ghana international did well to force Simon Eastwood into a smart save low down to his left.

The second-half started with a flurry of chances for the south Londoners, firstly a penalty was awarded after a trademark foul on Zaha.

However, Stevens went the same way Schlupp was planning to find the back of the net.

Six minutes later, though, Hodgson’s side would be to 2-1 up.

A great ball from Schlupp put Zaha one-on-one and the Ivory Coast international made no mistake with a slotted finish.