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English Premier League
  • S├ębastian Haller (54')
  • Patrick van Aanholt (63' PEN)
  • Jordan Ayew (87')

Late VAR-assisted goal helps Crystal Palace get past West Ham

Jordan Ayew scored a VAR-assisted 88th-minute goal to complete a Crystal Palace comeback in a hard-fought 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Saturday that moved Roy Hodgson's side into the Premier League top four.

The goal was initially ruled offside by the linesman after Martin Kelly headed Andros Townsend's cross into the path of Ayew, who beat keeper Roberto Jimenez from close range.

But VAR intervened to overturn the decision by the smallest of margins and set up a frantic last few minutes as Palace held on for their first victory at West Ham for five years.

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The Hammers had taken the lead on 54 minutes when Sebastien Haller, who had been denied by a point-blank save from Vicente Guaita in the first half, stretched to get on the end of Ryan Fredericks's cross.

Palace always looked like they had a goal in them and equalised less than 10 minutes later after Declan Rice clumsily raised an arm in the area to handle Cheika Kouyate's cross.

With regular penalty taker Luka Milivojevic suspended, Patrick van Aanholt stepped up to slot home a precise effort past Jimenez who was making his first Premier League start for West Ham.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 12 +18 34
2 Leicester City 12 +21 26
3 Chelsea 12 +10 26
4 Manchester City 12 +22 25
5 Sheffield United 12 +4 17
6 Arsenal 12 -1 17
7 Manchester United 12 +4 16
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 +1 16
9 AFC Bournemouth 12 0 16
10 Burnley 12 -1 15
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -2 15
12 Crystal Palace 12 -6 15
13 Newcastle United 12 -7 15
14 Tottenham Hotspur 12 +1 14
15 Everton 12 -5 14
16 West Ham United 12 -6 13
17 Aston Villa 12 -3 11
18 Watford 12 -15 8
19 Southampton 12 -18 8
20 Norwich City 12 -17 7