Andersen reveals gamble before game-winning goal

Joachim Andersen says it was a hunch which led to him being in the right place at the right time to slam home Crystal Palace’s Old Trafford winner on Saturday.

The Denmark defender scored his third Palace goal – and just the second match-winning goal of his career, having previously netted for FC Twente in January 2017 – with a ferocious half-volley from Ebere Eze’s set-piece delivery.

Andersen told Palace TV: “I’m buzzing! It’s a crazy feeling to score a matchwinner. I don’t know when I last did that, so I’m just so happy. To win against United, 1-0 at Old Trafford, it doesn’t get any better.”

Watching the goal back, Andersen reacted: “It’s pretty good!

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“I just tried to get free of him [United defender Victor Lindelof], and then, you see I just get back again from the position I came from, because I sensed the ball would get cleared and I thought the ball would arrive there. I guessed in that moment, and I guessed right!

“It’s a pretty good strike! It’s a goal I won’t forget for sure.

“It’s my first ‘worldie’, yeah! I don’t know what to say. I think I have a pretty good strike, to be honest. Of course I need to try it when I get the opportunity, and luckily it went in today.”

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