Iprici Eazy finishes flawless Crystal Palace race with a fine finish against Leeds | Premier League

Eberechi Eze has been waiting a long time for this moment. More than 18 months after his last goal here, he was Crystal Palace Late winning midfielder Patrick Vieira secured only their second Premier League win this season after an impassioned comeback against Leeds.

Izzy missed the majority of last season as he recovered from the Achilles tendon rupture he suffered in May 2021, but he has shown signs of returning to the level that nearly earned him an invitation to England for Euro 2020. But while this was by no means an outdated performance for the player. Twenty-four-year-old after Palace fell behind to Pascal Stroic’s goal, Vieira will be delighted with the way he and his teammates responded to the early setback.

Odson Edward’s goal after Patrick Bamford missed a huge opportunity against his former club gave Easy the platform to steal the headlines in the second half as Palace tied the knot on points with Jesse Marsh’s side. Given that Palace have failed to score any since beating Aston Villa here on August 20 and have started the match evenly on points with Wolverhampton in third, Vieira opted to go forward in attack. Terek Mitchell lost his place at left-back to Jeffrey Schlupp, while there was a comeback in central defense to Joachim Andersen.

But if the prospect of seeing Eze and Michael Ulis lining up in midfield is exciting for the home side’s supporters, the reality isn’t quite as convincing as Leeds took the lead from the start. A poor back pass from Marc Guehy forced goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to give up possession, resulting in a foul-filled opener from the hosts that culminated in an early Strojek breakthrough.

A brilliant labyrinth dribble by the great Brendan Aaronson had him surmount several tepid challenges and the American curling shot bounced off the far post into Strwick Road. His shot was straight at Joel Ward on goal, but the ball found its way through the legs of the Palace captain and entered the net.

Pascal Strwick's shot gives Leeds an early lead at Selhurst Park
Pascal Strwick’s shot gives Leeds an early lead at Selhurst Park. Photo: Ryan Percy/Getty Images

Things could have been worse for Vieira had Gueta not come to Palace’s rescue soon after when Bamford played on goal. Marsh said before kick-off that the striker, who ended his loan spell at Selhurst Park from Chelsea early in 2015 after being frustrated by the lack of opportunities under Alan Pardew, is “in the strongest condition since I got here”. But Bamford missed a golden opportunity to remind the Palace fans of what they lost when Gueta saved his early shot to safety.

A two-goal lead would not have pleased Leeds, that was their dominance, but Bamford’s failure was a pivotal moment in the first half. Olise’s free kick at the back post was perfectly weighted for Edward to head him past Ilain Meslier and the VAR decided the striker was inches away. There was a major delay when Jordan Ayew needed a major dressing after a collision after a corner kick, although the Ghana striker was allowed to return to the pitch almost immediately.

Mars Marsh – who returned to the touchline after serving a one-match suspension for his sacking against Brentford – left the field in a moving conversation with fourth official Graham Scott. Perhaps in an effort to replicate their strong start, Leeds were sent early in the second half, but it was Wilfried Zaha who forced Mesler to save just three minutes in. The Ivory Coast striker was reportedly feeling unwell before the match and barely touched him. ball until then.

Fortunately for Palace, they have other sources of creativity these days and a thoroughly saddled through ball should have been sent from Eze to Ayew before Edward headed in from Olise’s floating cross. Suddenly the match seemed to be signed by Palace.

Marsh responded with Bamford’s withdrawal from Crescencio Summerville, while Ayew and Cheek Doukuri gave way to Palace, on a very busy afternoon. For a few minutes, the substitutions seemed to derail the match. But there was no denying Izzy’s game-winning goal after Zaha made a fine move down the left flank as Zaha hit the ball on his way from substitute Mitchell’s cross and the midfielder hit his shot from the edge of the penalty area.

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