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23rd Feb 2019

Christian Benteke left hanging for an eternity by Cheikhou Kouyate

Simon Lloyd

Important football news

So, what was the major talking point from Crystal Palace’s 4-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday evening?

Michy Batshuayi scoring his first Palace goal? Nope. The awarding of the penalty from which Luka Milivojevic made the points safe for Roy Hodgson’s men? Nah.

Instead, it was what happened on the Palace bench, midway through the second half.

2-1 up by that stage, Cheikhou Kouyate was given the order to come on from the substitutes’ bench. As he readied himself, fellow sub Christian Benteke held out a hand, hoping to receive a high five from his teammate before he entered the action.

Tragically, as the camera lens remained trained on the pair for what seemed like an eternity, the high five never arrived – Benteke even edging himself slightly closer at one point in the hope Kouyate would notice him. He didn’t.

As ever, we’d love to show you the footage, but we’re not able to do so without getting a ticking off from the Premier League. Instead, accept a poor quality screen grab…

… and a few tweets about it.