Wilfried Zaha scored twice to guide Crystal Palace to defeat Aston Villa – Yalla Match

Wilfried Zaha underlined his importance to Crystal Palace with a decisive brace as his side secured their first Premier League win of the season battling again to beat Aston Villa 3-1.

The influential striker quickly canceled out Ole Watkins’ opener at Selhurst Park before turning to rebound after Emiliano Martinez saved a second-half penalty.

Substitute Jean-Philippe Mateta again scored the Eagles’ first touchdown goal with Zaha.

Star star Zaha, who scored the opener in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, has now scored in each of the Eagles’ last seven top-flight wins and received a standing ovation when he was denied late.

The hosts also had Patrick Vieira disallowed Jeffrey Schlupp’s goal for offside in a dominating performance.

Villa faded quickly from the early start, and although they hit the crossbar through Leon Bailey in a 1-1 draw, manager Steven Gerrard left south London with plenty thinking.

Buoyed by an impressive performance against the Jurgen Klopp-led Reds, Palace are back at home and looking to start their season from a points perspective.

However, the defensive might that appeared at Anfield was temporarily replaced by Chaos for a whopping five minutes.

Tyrone Mings’ pass was pushed forward with help from Bailey’s header, easily splitting the Eagles defensive line and giving England striker Watkins time and space to send the ball in confidently in front of Vicente Guaita.

With two managers known for their aggressive tackling during their illustrious game days patrolling the touchline, worrying defensive frailties were penalized again two minutes later when the hosts equalized.

Villa defender Esri Konsa was exposed on occasion, allowing Zaha to run forward and wedge the exact left-footed finish into the bottom right corner from inside the 18-yard area .

Palace’s recovery from the first setback was commendable and home fans believe they completed the comeback in the 25th minute.

Schlub hit the net hard after a free-kick inside the penalty area but the attack was called off after VAR intervened due to a marginal offside from Odson Edward before providing the assist.

Later, Villa keeper Martinez managed to turn down undercover player Jordan Ayew, before Gueta turned down Emiliano Buendia – favored over Philippe Coutinho after his win over Everton – in similar circumstances at the other end.

Gerrard’s men almost regained the lead after the start of the second half, but Bailey’s superb curling effort bounced off the frame of the goal.

As Aston Villa fans happily sang the praises of VAR in the first half, they were quick to lament its use as Palace benefited from it going forward.

Referee Andy Madeley pointed to the spot after viewing footage of Mark Gouyi’s header being stuck hitting the outstretched arm of Lucas Digne and Zaha into the unprotected net the second time in question after Martinez blocked his first effort.

Palace worshipers then felt aggrieved when villa commander John McGinn escaped from second custody to shoot Zaha.

The Scotland international was substituted in order to avoid a red card, but not before Mateta’s substitute killed Palace’s hopes of a showdown by extending the home side’s advantage.

Tyrick Mitchell produced a superb performance with Zaha on the left before providing an attractive cross for Mateta, who had just replaced Edward to bring the ball home from close range.

France’s Mateta missed another chance to make the result more certain, but that didn’t matter as Vieira deserved the bragging rights of midfield teammate Gerrard.

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