Palace come from behind to beat Villa

Zaha scored his 11th goal of the season to help Palace to victory

Tyrick Mitchell scored his first professional goal as Crystal Palace twice came from behind to beat Aston Villa and damage their hopes of achieving a Premier League top-half finish.

In an engrossing encounter that belied its largely ‘dead rubber’ status, both sides contributed energetic displays full of attacking intent, with Palace rewarded for a superb second-half showing.

Trailing 2-1 from the 34th minute, Palace battered at the door after the break until the visitors’ resistance was finally broken at Selhurst Park.

With 15 minutes left, Zaha produced a driving run before cutting inside and firing a fierce shot that deflected into the net off Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady.

Then, with six minutes to go, Mitchell found himself in the perfect spot after a fluffed Eberechi Eze cross to bundle the ball home with his shoulder.

Palace had already come back into the game once, Christian Benteke heading in against his former club following John McGinn’s well-taken opener.

Anwar El Ghazi lashed in at the back post to restore Villa’s lead – a goal that looked like being the winner until Palace’s late rally.

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Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number1Player nameButland

  2. Squad number2Player nameWard

  3. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  4. Squad number24Player nameCahill

  5. Squad number27Player nameMitchell

  6. Squad number25Player nameEze

  7. Squad number22Player nameMcCarthy

  8. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  9. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

  10. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

  11. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  1. Squad number5Player nameTomkins

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number26Player nameMartínez

  2. Squad number27Player nameAhmed El Mohamady

  3. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  4. Squad number30Player nameHause

  5. Squad number18Player nameTargett

  6. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  7. Squad number41Player nameRamsey

  8. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  9. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  10. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number9Player nameWesley

  2. Squad number10Player nameGrealish

  3. Squad number39Player nameDavis


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Butland
  • 2WardBooked at 73mins
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 82mins
  • 24Cahill
  • 27Mitchell
  • 25Eze
  • 22McCarthySubstituted forTomkinsat 73′minutes
  • 15Schlupp
  • 10Townsend
  • 20Benteke
  • 11ZahaBooked at 90mins


  • 5Tomkins
  • 6Dann
  • 9J Ayew
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Mateta
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 31Guaita
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 4Konsa
  • 30HauseBooked at 86mins
  • 18Targett
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 41RamseySubstituted forDavisat 85′minutes
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forGrealishat 64′minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 50mins
  • 21El GhaziSubstituted forWesleyat 88′minutes
  • 11Watkins


  • 3Taylor
  • 9Wesley
  • 10Grealish
  • 12Steer
  • 19Nakamba
  • 20Barkley
  • 22Engels
  • 39Davis
  • 60Chukwuemeka

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