West Ham Survive Late Scare To Secure All Three Points Over Crystal Palace

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West Ham Survive Late Scare To Secure All Three Points Over Crystal Palace
West Ham Survive Late Scare To Secure All Three Points Over Crystal Palace

West Ham beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park on New Year’s Day, surviving a late fightback.

With seven minutes remaining, the Hammers appeared to be in complete control, three goals up.

However, substitute Michael Olise set up a goal for Odsonne Eduoard and then scored himself in injury time.

Despite dominating the early stages, West Ham took the lead when Michail Antonio stretched to divert Said Benrahma’s superb inswinging cross from the left flank into the goal.

The Hammers extended their advantage against the run of play when Declan Rice drove the ball 50 yards before squaring the ball to Manuel Lanzini, who turned inside Joachim Andersen before flicking the ball up and volleying into the roof of the net.

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The Hammers secured the game on the stroke of half-time when the referee used VAR to determine that Luka Milivojevic had handled just inside the penalty area, and Lanzini converted the spot-kick.

When Olise curled a cross in from the right flank that Eduoard lunged to deflect into the net, it appeared to be little consolation, but when the substitute’s free-kick crept inside the far post in injury time, it appeared that the Eagles might repeat their famous late comeback that cost Liverpool a title some seven years ago.

They would have done so if Jean-Philippe Mateta’s stunning scissor-kick had not snuck barely wide of the net with nearly the last kick.

With the win, West Ham has closed the gap on fourth-placed Arsenal to just one point. Crystal Palace are still in 11th place.

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