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Zaha strike gives Palace opening day win over Saints

The Ivorian international converted an excellent Andros Townsend cross to give his side an early advantage.

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NEW SEASON, BUT Crystal Palace still had Wilfried Zaha to think for their opening day 1-0 win over Southampton.

Zaha got on the end of Andros Townsend’s 13th minute cross and side-footed into the net.

Palace might have enjoyed a more comfortable finish to the game had referee John Moss not overturned a red card decision for Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters.

The defender was second to reach a bouncing ball in midfield and caught Tyrick Mitchell on the foot. Mitchell could be heard scream after the contact and that seemed to play a part in the initial decision.

Var was consulted and Moss decided the challenge was low enough to be downgraded to a yellow card.

Zaha came close to claiming a second goal, but one effort was ruled out for offside and, bearing down on goal late on, he powered a right-footed shot into the side-netting.

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