Late Zaha winner seals Crystal Palace comeback

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Wilfried Zaha scores at SouthamptonWilfried Zaha came off the bench to score the winner with his 12th league goal of the season

Crystal Palace came from behind to win at Southampton and boost their hopes of a top-half finish in the Premier League.

Oriol Romeu headed the hosts into an early lead on the south coast from a James Ward-Prowse corner.

But Palace then dominated possession and equalised in the second half through Eberechi Eze's first goal of the season.

Moments later they brought on top scorer Wilfried Zaha, who started on the bench in their only change to the side which drew 0-0 with Leeds last Monday.

And the Ivory Coast forward created a chance out of nothing to fire in a late winner and send Palace up to 12th in the table.

With four games left to play the Eagles are two points behind 10th-placed Newcastle with a game in hand as they aim to secure their first top-half finish since 2014-15.

Zaha's 13th goal in all competitions this season condemned Southampton to their sixth defeat in nine league games and saw them slip to 15th.

Palace talisman caps fightback

Oriol Romeu scores against Crystal PalaceOriol Romeu's goal was his seventh in 184 Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace

Southampton are also hoping for a rare top-half finish - their first since 2016-17 - and took an early lead from an inswinging corner by Ward-Prowse, with Romeu shrugging off James McArthur to head in off the underside of the crossbar.

But Palace then took charge, with Conor Gallagher sending an unmarked header wide from a Jeffrey Schlupp cross while Jean-Philippe Mateta was denied by Fraser Forster from Schlupp's cutback.

The hosts were restricted to a long-range strike by Nathan Tella, saved low by Vicente Guaita, but Palace continued to press for an equaliser, with Jordan Ayew's header parried by Forster, who comfortably saved McArthur's header from the rebound.

The Eagles remained on top after the break, as Forster pushed out Ayew's low cross as far as Schlupp, whose shot was blocked.

Palace's more positive play was eventually rewarded as Ayew found Nathaniel Clyne on the overlap and the right-back chipped over a deep cross from the byeline for Eze to sweep the ball low past Forster.

Zaha came on moments later and it did not look as though he would get a chance to win the game for Palace, until captain McArthur fed him just outside the box with his back to goal.

The Eagles' talisman still had plenty to do as he held off defender Jan Bednarek while making the space to turn and shoot into the bottom corner.

After a run of one point from their past three league games, either side of their FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea, the Eagles are now firmly back in contention to end Patrick Vieira's first season in charge in the top 10.

Player of the match

ZahaWilfried Zaha

with an average of 8.40

Southampton

  1. Squad number6Player nameOriol Romeu

  2. Squad number44Player nameForster

  3. Squad number7Player nameLong

  4. Squad number10Player nameAdams

  5. Squad number2Player nameWalker-Peters

  6. Squad number23Player nameTella

  7. Squad number35Player nameBednarek

  8. Squad number22Player nameSalisu

  9. Squad number15Player namePerraud

  10. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse

  11. Squad number11Player nameRedmond

  12. Squad number17Player nameS Armstrong

  13. Squad number18Player nameBroja

  14. Squad number24Player nameElyounoussi

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  2. Squad number7Player nameOlise

  3. Squad number10Player nameEze

  4. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  5. Squad number12Player nameHughes

  6. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

  7. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur

  8. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  9. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  10. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  11. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  12. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  13. Squad number2Player nameWard

  14. Squad number13Player nameGuaita

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 44Forster
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 35BednarekBooked at 16mins
  • 22Salisu
  • 15Perraud
  • 11Redmond
  • 6Romeu
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 23TellaSubstituted forElyounoussiat 80'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forBrojaat 65'minutes
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forS Armstrongat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lyanco
  • 9A Armstrong
  • 13Caballero
  • 17S Armstrong
  • 18Broja
  • 19Djenepo
  • 20Smallbone
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 43Valery

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Guaita
  • 17Clyne
  • 16Andersen
  • 6Guéhi
  • 2WardBooked at 45mins
  • 23Gallagher
  • 18McArthurBooked at 38mins
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forOliseat 74'minutes
  • 9J Ayew
  • 14MatetaBooked at 16minsSubstituted forZahaat 64'minutes
  • 10EzeSubstituted forHughesat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 3Mitchell
  • 5Tomkins
  • 7Olise
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 11Zaha
  • 12Hughes
  • 20Benteke
  • 22Édouard

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 2.

  3. Foul by Michael Olise (Crystal Palace).

  4. Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Goal! Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James McArthur.

  6. Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Armando Broja (Southampton).

  8. Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.

  9. Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.

  10. Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

  11. Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

  13. Substitution, Crystal Palace. Will Hughes replaces Eberechi Eze.

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

  15. Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).

  16. Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

  17. Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

  18. Substitution, Southampton. Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Nathan Tella.

  19. Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Mohammed Salisu (Southampton).

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