December 26, 2019 / 5:07 PM / 24 days ago

Soccer-Ayew magic seals win for Palace over West Ham

LONDON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Jordan Ayew’s magnificent late solo goal earned Crystal Palace a 2-1 come-from-behind home win against West Ham United in a lively festive derby at Selhurst Park on Thursday.

It looked as though honours would be even but Ayew produced an incredible moment of skill, pirouetting on the edge of the area, jinking past a West Ham defender and dinking a cool finish over West Ham keeper Roberto Jimenez.

West Ham, who had enjoyed a 12-day rest ahead of the Christmas programme, took the lead against the run of play in the 57th minute when Robert Snodgrass curled home left-footed.

Palace reacted impressively though and equalised 11 minutes later when Ayew nodded down for former West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate to volley home from close range.

The match had come alive after a poor first half in which Ayew had wasted the best chance when he scuffed wide from close range.

Victory was Palace’s first in four Premier League games and lifted them into the top half of the table while West Ham remain hovering just above the relegation zone. (Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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