Miroslav Klose condemns Crystal Palace to pre-season defeat

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Crystal Palace lost their final game of their pre-season schedule as a first-half Miroslav Klose goal handed Lazio the win.

Ian Holloway’s side had previously won four of their five pre-season friendlies but came unstuck against the Serie A giants.

Lazio opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni parried Antonio Candreva’s tame shot to Klose, who was handed the easy task of poking home from close range. 

The 35-year-old former World Cup Golden Boot winner was among a host of stars on show at Selhurst Park as Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic stepped up his side’s preparations for the upcoming Serie A campaign. 

Speroni made up for his mistake in the 31st minute when the Argentine custodian made a one-handed save to stop the away side from doubling their lead.

The Premier League new-boys had a penalty appeal turned down by Premier League referee Phil Dowd after 41 minutes when Stephen Dobbie went on a mazy run before falling to the floor after he was clipped inside the box.

Palace were unlucky not to level the score shortly before half-time as Jonathan Williams played in left-back Dean Moxey who consequently squared the ball to Aaron Wilbraham - only for Lazio’s Andre Dias to clear for a corner. 

Holloway made seven changes at half-time - with the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Dwight Gayle and Elliot Grandin all coming on. 

Lazio playmaker Lucas Biglia tested Speroni after the interval but the shot stopper stood tall to deny his fellow countryman. 

Palace increased the tempo in the second half but were unable to really test Italian goalkeeper Federico Marchetti. 

Holloway will be hoping for an improved performance next Sunday when the Eagles begin their Premier League campaign at home to Tottenham. 

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