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Zaha double helps Palace beat Leicester

23 Feb 2019
Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace

Ivorian's brace and Batshuayi's first Palace goal earns 4-1 win that moves Eagles six points clear of bottom three

Michy Batshuayi scored his first Crystal Palace goal and Wilfried Zaha netted twice as the Eagles won 4-1 at Leicester City.

On a day in which Palace's Roy Hodgson became the oldest manager in Premier League history, it was Leicester who started strongly, with Jamie Vardy's header going narrowly over.

But Palace made the breakthrough in the 40th minute when Batshuayi diverted James McArthur's wayward shot into the net.

On 64 minutes, Leicester were level when Jonny Evans fired in Harvey Barnes' low ball into the box.

Palace were back in front six minutes later, after a clever cross from McArthur found Zaha and he slotted into the bottom corner. 

Luka Milivojevic made it 3-1 with an 81st-minute penalty after Jeffrey Schlupp had been fouled, before Zaha wrapped up the win with a goal on the counter-attack in stoppage time.

Palace move up to 13th on 30 points, six points above the relegation zone. 

Leicester are two points and a place above Palace.

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