Crystal Palace ended up beating West Ham United 2-1, but things could have turned out very differently during the Boxing Day clash at Selhurst Park.
That is because as the game drew to a close, Aaron Cresswell’s low ball into the box ended up at Robert Snodgrass’ feet, ready for the Scotsman to hit it first time.
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He did just that and his effort may have been destined for the bottom corner if it wasn’t for Jairo Riedewald’s intervention.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 27, 2019
The 23-year-old showed brilliant dedication and timing to slide across the shot’s path, meaning that it eventually went towards Mamadou Sakho, rather than the back of Vicente Guaita’s net.
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Palace fans were very impressed by the block, and thankful to the Dutchman for making it, with one calling it a “game changer”, while another declared it to be “as good as a goal”.
It will make it even sweeter that Jordan Ayew ended up bringing out some quality of his own up the other end to take all three points.
That’s as good as a goal.
— lordrickerz (@rickerz61) December 27, 2019
Yes, a brilliant tackle that changed the game. Well done!
— Leslie Philibert (@PhilibertLeslie) December 27, 2019
— ¢няιѕ ℓαηѕ∂σωη (@clpirate) December 27, 2019
That kind of defending wins games. Great result.
— Peter Swann (@El_Vim_Fuego) December 27, 2019
This was not the only thing about his game that caught the eye of fans, as they seemed to be impressed by his general play after replacing Patrick van Aanholt.
There were even those who claimed that Riedewald is a better option at left-back than his fellow Dutchman.
In addition to the block, the former Ajax man made one clearance and completed all of his passes.
Thought he did brilliantly when he came on. Bit of confidence and swagger makes a huge difference.
— Paul (@chumleywarner2) December 27, 2019
He’s a much better player than Van Aanholt
— Amarin Phachonyut (@AmarinP) December 27, 2019
This doesn’t happen if van Aanholts on the pitch
— joel (@joelcpfc_) December 27, 2019