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Liverpool thump Palace 2-0

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (center) bears down on Wayne Hennessey (right) in the Crystal Palace goal but comes under a hard tackle from James Tomkins during their English Premier League match at Selhurst Park stadium in London, yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

Mohamed Salah won a first-half penalty converted by James Milner and also played in Sadio Mane for a late goal as Liverpool beat 10-man Crystal Palace 2-0 yesterday for their second straight win to open the English Premier League.

In a typical all-action display by Salah, the Egypt forward was also the player fouled by Aaron Wan-Bissaka that earned the Palace right back a straight red card in the 75th minute because he was the last man.

SCORE

The score was 1-0 at the time, Milner having slotted in the penalty on the stroke of halftime after Salah tumbled under a challenge from Mamadou Sakho.

Mane secured victory in the third minute of stoppage time when he ran onto a pass from his own half by Salah, advanced half the length of the field, and rounded the goalkeeper to shoot into an empty net.

Liverpool started the season with a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham and are living up to their billing as a potential threat to title favourite Manchester City, the defending champions.

Liverpool have yet to concede a goal and carry a constant threat with their front three of Salah - last season's top scorer in the league - Mane and Roberto Firmino. Mane already has three goals this season.

The closest Palace came to scoring was when Andros Townsend curled a long-rage shot against the crossbar in the first half.

Liverpool and City are two of six teams with the maximum six points.