Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe enjoyed a fine afternoon against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, with two goals for the striker in a 2-2 draw.
The 35-year-old England international has found games and goals hard to come by since his move from Sunderland in the summer (he had scored just once in 12 games before Saturday), but having scored four goals against Palace last season, he was in the mood to punish the Eagles once again.
Defoe scored Bournemouth’s first goal came with then minutes on the clock, the former Tottenham and West Ham finished off a fine team move from a corner. However, it is his second strike just before half time that is sure to make the headlines – and not just because it was his 200th goal in league football.
With Roy Hodgson’s side having come from one behind to lead 2-1 going into the break, Defoe chased a long ball from Lewis Cook, got on the right side of Scott Dann and, without even so much as taking a touch to compose himself, lofted an inch-perfect over Julian Speroni.
? Van Basten-esque ?
“Just world class”
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) December 9, 2017
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) December 9, 2017
Wow! That second Jermain Defoe goal! ?Sheer class
— Craig Johns (@craig_johns) December 9, 2017
An end-to-end second half failed to produce a winner, but there was some time for some last-minute drama right at the death as Asmir Begovic saved Christian Benteke’s injury-time penalty. Palace, despite stretching their unbeaten run to five games (four of which were draws), slip back to the bottom of the table due to Swansea’s late winner at home to West Brom.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, are still hovering just above the drop zone, but manager Eddie Howe will be happy with an away point nonetheless.
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