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Trezeguet boosts Villa's battle against relegation

12 Jul 2020
Premier League - Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

Egyptian scores both goals in 2-0 win over Crystal Palace that moves Villans within four points of 17th position

Trezeguet scored twice to move Aston Villa within four points of safety as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Villa Park.

Mamadou Sakho thought he had given Palace a seventh-minute lead, but his goal was overturned for handball after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee. 

Jack Grealish forced Vicente Guaita into a low save before Trezeguet broke the deadlock, finishing Conor Hourihane's free-kick at the back post in first-half stoppage time. 

Ezri Konsa's effort was blocked on the line less than a minute before Trezeguet scored his second, controlling the ball and sliding it under Guaita in the 59th minute. 

Palace's Patrick van Aanholt was thwarted by Pepe Reina and Christian Benteke, who was sent off after the final whistle for an off-the-ball incident, headed over as Villa held firm for their first win in 10 matches.

Dean Smith's team are 19th, four points adrift of Watford in 17th.

A fifth straight defeat leaves Palace 14th, with 42 points.

See: Aston Villa report | Palace report

Battle for safety

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
15 BHA 38 -15 41
16 WHU 38 -13 39
17 AVL 38 -26 35
18 BOU 38 -25 34
19 WAT 38 -28 34
20 NOR 38 -49 21
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Next fixtures

Aston Villa: 16 Jul v Everton (A)
Crystal Palace: 16 Jul v Man Utd (H)

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