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2019-20 English Premier League
  • Sébastian 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 29 +45 82
2 Manchester City 28 +37 57
3 Leicester City 29 +30 53
4 Chelsea 29 +12 48
5 Manchester United 29 +14 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 +7 43
7 Sheffield United 28 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 +7 41
9 Arsenal 28 +4 40
10 Burnley 29 -6 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 -6 39
12 Everton 29 -9 37
13 Newcastle United 29 -16 35
14 Southampton 29 -17 34
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -8 29
16 West Ham United 29 -15 27
17 Watford 29 -17 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 -18 27
19 Aston Villa 28 -22 25
20 Norwich City 29 -27 21