It was a night to remember for Bob Bradley and his men, who won for the first time since the opening day of the season, and the first time under the American boss. Not only so, they did it in exceptional fashion. This was dubbed by several commentators, as the best premier league of 2016, and certainly the best that took place in the Liberty.
After Bob Bradley named an unchanged side from the one that took away a point from Goodison Park, Swansea City arrived in the Liberty Stadium knowing they need the three points. Wilfried Zaha scrambled off Neil Taylor with ease to go through on goal and slot a calm shot past Lukasz Fabianski, who should have done better to save the winger’s effort. Not long after, Gylfi Sigurdsson smashed home a free kick, sending the keeper the wrong way to bring the score level.
As the referee kicked off the second half, both teams knew the three points were up for grab. Come the 66th minute, Fernando Llorente, dubbed the Lion King, to head the ball, only for it to be saved by Cabaye. Lucky for Swansea, Leroy Fer was there to make sure Cabaye wasn’t getting away with preventing Llorente’s header from going in, tapping the ball straight back into the net. Two minutes later, Sigurdsson curls in a cross from a dead ball, only to be met by none other than the Dutchman, who grabbed his second of the night.
3-1 up and the crowd is singing; the Swans were happy. Palace kept pushing and were rewarded with a corner in the 80th minute, which was headed in to make it 3-2. Two minutes later, 3-3. Three minutes later, 4-3 Palace. The Swans were laying on the floor, shocked, and so was the expression on Bob Bradley’s face. Nevertheless, Llorente rose to the occasion and tapped home a Sigurdsson shot to make it 4-4. The Jacks were not done, Llorente especially, who bagged his second of the game to put an end to an intense thriller, with the Swans picking up all the three points; and it was all thanks to the Lion King.
Ahmed El Akwaa