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Eze scores again as Palace edge West Ham in seven-goal EPL thriller

EBERECHI Eze was on the scoresheet today in the English Premier League’s early kick-off to help Crystal Palace beat West Ham 4-3 at Selhurst Park.

The England-born Nigerian midfielder struck from the penalty spot in the second half to continue his impressive form, which has seen him score four goals in his last five appearances.

Incidentally Palace’s other goals were also scored by Africans, with Ghana’s Jordan Ayew, Cote d’Ivoire’s Wilfred Eze and Ghana’s Jeffrey Schlupp netting.

Thomas Soucek, Michail Antonio and Morocco defender Nayef Aguerd struck for West Ham.

After kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes over an issue with turnstiles, West Ham took the lead in the ninth minute through Soucek but Ayew drew the hosts level six minutes later.

Zaha and Schlupp then scored in the 20th and 30th minutes to give Palace a 3-1 lead as they sought their fourth victory in six games under Roy Hogson.

Antonio pulled one back for West Ham to make it 3-2 going into the break but Eze converted from the penalty spot in the 66th minute to restore the two-goal lead.

West Ham are fighting for their Premier League status and got themselves back into the contest with Aguerd’s strike 18 minutes from time but Palace held to leapfrog Chelsea in the table.

The Eagles are 11th, one place and one point above Chelsea, and they have now reached the 40-point target set by Hogson, which almost guarantees safety.

Meanwhile, West Ham are not out of relegation trouble yet, as they remain five points above the drop zone with five games remaining.

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