Aston Villa vs Crystal palace

Aston Villa vs Crystal palace

    Trezeguet scored two times as Aston Villa defeatd Crystal Palace to stay alive their hopes of staying away from relegation in a game which involves two controversial video assistant referee decisions.


    Mamadou Sakho beleived he put Palace in front when the ball seemed to strike the defender's shoulder on its track into the net - but it was ruled out for handball after a lengthy delay, much to the visitors' dismay.

    Villa then became the first just before half-time when Egypt winger Trezeguet side-kicked the ball into the net at the back post after Palace had failed to clean a free-kick.

    Breifly after the break, the hosts were given prizes a penalty by referee Martin Atkinson after Patrick van Aanholt's challenge on Jack Grealish, but the decision was changed after another long VAR check.

    Villa's first Premier League victory since 21 January was sealed when Trezeguet toe-poked home his second goal to go away from the West Midlands side four points from safety with three matches, vs Everton (away), Arsenal (home) and West Ham (away), to go and that was is all.

    After the final whistle from the refree, Christian Benteke, who was playing against his former club, was given a red card as tempers boiled over.

    Palace, who have now lost their past five league games, began with Wilfried Zaha, who showed before the match he had received racist abuse on social media pages.

    Palace manager Roy Hodgson said that the abuse of the 27-year-old Ivory Coast forward as "cowardly and despicable".

    Huge three points for Villa

    Villa are finishing of time to pull off a miraculous escape but a first victory in 11 league games at least gives them a fighting opportunity.

    After victories for fellow strugglers Watford and West Ham United on Saturday, the visit of Palace was a must-win game for Villa and Dean Smith's side delivered - even if they did want and needed a slice of luck to make it happen.

    With the game goalless, it appeared a harsh VAR decision to deny Sakho a goal because of handball as Luka Milivojevic's looping ball seemed to come off the defender's shoulder on its track past keeper Pepe Reina.

    Villa got healing from that injury to seize control, Mbwana Samatta heading over a good opportunity before Grealish was denied by a good Vicente Guaita save.

    The huge achievment came on the stroke of half-time, Trezeguet pouncing after a free-kick was inadvertently flicked on by Joel Ward into the way of the forward.

    Villa kept their focus after having Atkinson's decision to take a prize a penalty overturned, and Trezeguet struck a crucial second after the ball fell to him inside the penalty area.

    Reina produced a fine stop to keep out Van Aanholt soon after Guaita had stoped Conor Hourihane from making it 3-0.

    Villa's gaol is to be in with a opportunity of staying up by the time they go against West Ham on the final day of the season on 26 July. This result at least gives them some hope and courige.
    Ahmed adel
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