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Palace pop Cherries in eight-goal thriller

May 12 2019

Patrick van Aanholt

Patrick van Aanholt

Crystal Palace ended their campaign on a high after a thrilling 5-3 win at home to AFC Bournemouth.

The victory moves the Eagles up to a 12th-place finish and their highest-ever points tally of 49 in a 20-team Premier League.

Michy Batshuayi got the scoring underway for Roy Hodgson's side on 24 minutes by volleying in from close range.

Eight minutes later, the on-loan Chelsea striker slid in to put away Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross from six yards.

Palace made it 3-0 on 37 minutes with the help of an own goal after Cherries keeper Mark Travers parried Wilfried Zaha's shot onto defender Jack Simpson and the ball rebounded into the net.

Jefferson Lerma pulled a goal back for the visitors with a cracking 30-yard strike that went in off the post just before the half-time whistle.

Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe blasted low into the bottom corner in the 56th minute to make it 3-2.

Patrick van Aanholt restored Palace's two-goal cushion after 65 minutes with a low shot after a one-two with Zaha.

But Bournemouth responded again eight minutes later as Joshua King brought the scores to 4-3 as he poked home from a corner at the far post.

Andros Townsend notched Palace's fifth goal of the day by rifling home Zaha's cross on the counter 10 minutes from time.

Palace: Guiata, Van Aanholt, Wan-Bissaka, Ward, Kelly, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer, Townsend (Dreher 90), Zaha (Sako 87), Batshuayi (Wickham 89).

Not used: Hennessey, Riedewald, Kouyate, Benteke.

Bournemouth: Travers, Cook, Ake, Lerma, Ibe (Moussett 70), Wilson, Smith, King, Clyne (Surridge 89), Fraser, Simpson (Mepham 70).

Not used: Boruc, Hyndman, Taylor, Butcher.

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