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Palace win five-goal thriller against Brighton

Crystal Palace celebrate Joel Ward's goal

Wilfried Zaha inspired Crystal Palace to a crucial win over Brighton that moves Roy Hodgson’s side six points clear of the relegation zone.

Zaha scored the first of five goals in a thrilling first half by tapping in on the goal line in the fifth minute after Mat Ryan had saved Luka Milivojevic’s shot.

A rampant Palace scored a second nine minutes later when James Tomkins scrambled the ball home at a corner.

But Glenn Murray halved Brighton’s deficit, hooking the ball in via the crossbar after Lewis Dunk had headed towards goal at another corner.

The impressive Zaha capitalised on more poor Brighton defending to head in his second from Milivojevic’s lofted cross in the 24th minute, only for the visitors to again pull a goal back 10 minutes later when Jose Izquierdo calmly finished across Wayne Hennessey.

Palace tired in the second half but held on for the win which moves them up to 16th in the table.

Brighton are 13th with one point more than Palace and, with a difficult run-in to come, are still at risk of relegation.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 13HennesseyBooked at 89mins
  • 2Ward
  • 5Tomkins
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthur
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forBentekeat 71′minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 16mins
  • 8Loftus-CheekSubstituted forRiedewaldat 80′minutes
  • 11ZahaBooked at 79mins
  • 10Townsend

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 9Sørloth
  • 14Lee Chung-yong
  • 17Benteke
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 21Schelotto
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3BongSubstituted forMarchat 86′minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forUlloaat 71′minutes
  • 7KayalBooked at 90mins
  • 6StephensBooked at 11mins
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 17Murray
  • 25LocadiaSubstituted forKnockaertat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 9Baldock
  • 11Knockaert
  • 16Ulloa
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 26Krul
Referee:
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Booking

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Benteke following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Beram Kayal with a cross.

Booking

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Solly March with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Gaëtan Bong.

Hand ball by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Joel Ward.

Attempt saved. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jairo Riedewald replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Booking

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Pascal Groß.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by José Izquierdo.

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by James McArthur.

Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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