Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Wilfried Zaha nets winner

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha nets winner on a Premier League opening day to give hosts victory.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton Wilfried Zaha nets winner
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha opens the scoring at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Reuters

(African Stand) — Crystal Palace made a winning start to the 2020-21 Premier League season as a volley by Wilfried Zaha proved enough to sink Southampton.

The Ivory Coast forward, who has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park, was unmarked when he produced a clinical finish from Andros Townsend‘s impressive cross.

Nathan Redmond wasted a great chance following a slick Southampton move, while Palace keeper Vicente Guaita produced an excellent save to keep out a volley by Che Adams.

Guaita then produced a reflex save to deny Danny Ings a last-gasp equaliser.

Saints defender Kyle Walker-Peters had a red card downgraded to a yellow in the second half after referee Jonathan Moss reviewed his foul on Tyrick Mitchell on the pitch-side monitor.

Moss had already shown the former Tottenham player a red card before leaving the pitch to review the challenge on the screen.

Officials have been told to use pitch-side monitors more often this season for subjective decisions – such as goals, red cards, and penalties – rather than rely on the video assistant referee.

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