Ivorian striker Zaha on target as Crystal Palace hold Bournemouth

Reuters , Saturday 7 Apr 2018

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their second goal (Photo: Reuters)

Crystal Palace suffered yet another blow to their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League after striker Joshua King struck in the 89th minute to hand Bournemouth a 2-2 home draw against the Londoners on Saturday.

The result left Palace, who have won only one of their last 10 league matches, in 17th position on 31 points from 33 games, three more than 18th-placed Southampton who have two games in hand and visit Arsenal on Sunday.

Superb goals from Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha twice put Palace in the driving seat but the home side hit back through second half substitutes Lys Mousset and King after they both came on in the 62nd minute.

After a dour first half, Milivojevic celebrated his 27th birthday with a brilliant free kick from 25 metres in the 47th minute which left Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic clutching nothing but thin air.

Begovic then kept out a sitter from Patrick van Aanholt when the Palace defender was put through by a brilliant pass from Zaha and his poor finish would ultimately prove costly.

The visitors were swiftly punished as Mousset levelled in the 65th minute after curling a fine low shot past Wayne Hennessey after the Palace keeper had also made two good saves in quick succession.

Livewire Zaha then produced a moment of magic ten minutes later as he turned his marker with dazzling footwork before unleashing a stinging shot from 18 metres which sailed past Begovic after taking a slight deflection off Lewis Cook.

But Palace, who have made it a habit to concede late goals this season, once again failed to hold on and King salvaged a point for Bournemouth from close range after a corner was headed into his path. 

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