Zaha res­cues strug­gling Crys­tal Palace

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

PARIS: Bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Crys­tal Palace were once again in­debted to Ivory Coast winger Wil­fried Zaha as they snatched a 2-2 English Pre­mier League draw with West Ham United at the week­end. The Abidjan-born 24year-old scored seven min­utes into stop­page time as Palace came from two goals be­hind with Ghana­ian An­dre Ayew among the West Ham scor­ers. Zaha struck the win­ner when Palace stunned de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Chelsea this month for their only league vic­tory this sea­son.


The Egyp­tian has been out­stand­ing for Liverpool since join­ing the club in the trans­fer win­dow, net­ting nine goals in all com­pe­ti­tions. But he suf­fered a rare blip when his weak first-half penalty was saved by Hud­der­s­field’s Jonas Lossl. Salah was grate­ful to his team-mates as three sec­ond-half goals spared his blushes.

WIL­FRIED ZAHA (Crys­tal Palace)

The Ivory Coast winger se­cured what could prove to be one of the most valu­able points this sea­son for Crys­tal Palace psy­cho­log­i­cally as they forced a draw in the dy­ing sec­onds. West Ham looked home and dry as they en­tered the sev­enth minute of time added on but Zaha had other ideas, lev­el­ling the match at 2-2 with a piece of in­di­vid­ual bril­liance.

AN­DRE AYEW (West Ham)

The Ghana­ian star, who joined the Ham­mers in Au­gust 2016, has done lit­tle to jus­tify his hefty trans­fer fee but he showed why Slaven Bilic thought it worth bring­ing him on board when he put West Ham 2-0 up in the first half against Palace with a stun­ning 20-yard strike.


CEDRIC BAKAMBU (Villarreal) Bakambu’s free-scor­ing form was brought to an end by Atletico Madrid’s fa­mously mean de­fence, but Villarreal did es­cape the Wanda Metropoli­tano with a 1-1 draw to ex­tend their un­beaten run against Atletico to five games. The Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo striker’s best chance came in the first pe­riod when Ste­fan Savic showed great pace to re­cover and deny Bakambu a clear run on goal.


KWADWO ASAMOAH (Ju­ven­tus) Ghana­ian Asamoah was in­stru­men­tal in Gon­zalo Higuain’s double in a 2-0 win for cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus at AC Mi­lan. Asamoah linked up with Paulo Dy­bala to pass to Higuain, who broke the 100-goal bar­rier with 101 goals in Serie A. ACHRAF LAZAAR (Ben­evento)

Moroc­can Lazaar scored for Ben­evento in a 5-1 loss to Lazio-just the fourth goal of the sea­son for the Serie A tailen­ders, who notched up their 11th straight de­feat since the sea­son be­gan.


IHLAS BEBOU (Hanover 96)

The Togo striker be­came a favourite with Hanover fans after scor­ing twice in a shock 4-2 win over Borus­sia Dort­mund. The 23-year-old, who grew up in Ger­many, showed ter­rific pace, and prof­ited from dread­ful Dort­mund de­fend­ing, to fin­ish off counter-at­tacks on 40 and 86 min­utes. Dort­mund’s star Gabon striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang failed to score for the third straight game. NA­BIL BENTALEB (Schalke 04) Al­ge­ria’s ex-Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur mid­fielder net­ted his third goal of the sea­son when he con­verted a first-half penalty in the 1-1 draw at home to Wolfs­burg.


The Guinea mid­fielder picked up a foot in­jury in Leipzig’s 2-0 de­feat at Bay­ern Mu­nich, but hopes to be fit for Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League game at Porto. Keita, who put in an im­pres­sive dis­play, limped off on 86 min­utes after a kick from Spain in­ter­na­tional Thi­ago Al­can­tara.



The 22-year-old Sene­galese in­ter­na­tional scored one of the sec­ond-half goals as de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Monaco de­feated Nantes 2-0. Balde, a for­mer Lazio player, was called up to re­place the in­jured Radamel Fal­cao and he took his chance when Brazil­ian left-back Jorge de­liv­ered a ball into the box that was met by Joao Moutinho with a cush­ioned header down for the Sene­gal striker to fin­ish. — AFP

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