November 18, 2017 / 5:15 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer-Dominant Palace held 2-2 at home by Everton

* Crystal Palace held to a 2-2 draw by Everton

* James McArthur scored for Palace inside the first minute

* Leighton Baines converted a penalty to equalise in the sixth minute

* Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scored from close range to make it 2-1

* Everton struck back with Oumar Niasse’s fifth goal of the campaign

* Palace substitute Christian Benteke missed chances to win the match

* Palace welcome Stoke City next Saturday, while Everton travel to Southampton on Sunday

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Nov 18 (Reuters) - Basement side Crystal Palace were left to rue missed opportunities as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Everton in a pulsating Premier League encounter at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Palace were on the scoresheet inside the first minute with James McArthur’s close range finish, but their celebrations were cut short as the visitors responded almost immediately from a Leighton Baines penalty, resulting from a Scott Dann foul on striker Oumar Niasse.

The hosts recovered well to dominate the possession and deservedly took the lead again with a goal from winger Wilfried Zaha, before another defensive error from Dann allowed Niasse to equalise for Everton on the stroke of half-time.

Late substitute Christian Benteke, who returned for Palace after recovering from a knee injury, missed two clear-cut chances to score a winner as they were forced to settle for a draw. (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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