English Premiership

Zaha denies Hammers with last-gasp equaliser

2017-10-28 22:30
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London - Crystal Palace managed to come from two goals down to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw with West Ham at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a game of two halves as West Ham went into the break with a two-goal advantage thanks to Javier Hermandez and Andre Ayew. 

But Luka Milivojevic 50th minute penalty and a 97th minute equaliser from Wilfried Zaha secured Palace a vital result at home for only their fourth point of the season.

West Ham travelled to Selhurst Park for another London derby, buoyed from the mid-week exploits to knock out Tottenham in the English Football League Cup. 

Despite their woeful form in the league, they were up against a Palace side that only recorded one victory from their opening nine games. 

Pressure has been mounting on both managers, however, Bilic was more likely to feel the heat after a dramatic game of English Premier League football. 

The Hammers looked vibrant in the opening half, and when Javier Hernandez opened the scoring on the half hour mark, it looked as if Hodgson and his side were headed for another disappointing afternoon. 

After having a penalty call turned down, the visitors broke swiftly on the counter which resulted in Aaron Cresswell's perfect delivery for the Mexican to slot home. 

And two minutes before the break Ayew bagged his third goal in two games with a cracking effort from twenty yards out to leave Julian Speroni with no chance. 

However, the spirit of the Eagles shone through in the second-half when first Andros Townsend was fouled in the area by Angelo Ogbonna, leaving Luka Milivojevic with the subsequent penalty.

The towering midfielder made no mistake to send Joe Hart the wrong way before a fiery London derby ensued. Yohann Cabaye hit the post shortly after and Hart justified his inclusion ahead of Adrian with some wonderful reflex saves. 

Nonetheless, to the dismay of the travelling fans and the Hammers boss, the in-form Zaha somehow managed to find an equaliser, six minutes into stoppage time. 

After grabbing the winner in the shock win to Chelsea, the former Manchester United man showed Palace what they were missing in their miserable run without him due to injury. 

The Ivory Coast forward turned Ogbonna inside out before firing the ball into the bottom corner to secure the home side's fourth point of the season and deny the visitors their third win of the campaign.

 

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