Crystal Palace found victory again with a win at Selhurst Park in London against Argentine Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United (4-1), who paid for his defensive errors to conceal his second loss in a row.
Roy Hodgson’s side came back from a loss to Wolverhampton a week ago. He redirected his situation and approached the European positions in his meeting on the eighth day.
The shock was moved from the beginning. Before the quarter of an hour, Crystal Palace took the lead thanks to a goal from Scott Dann after a corner kick taken by Eberechi Eze, who scored the second in the 22nd with a perfectly executed free-kick impossible for French goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
Between the two goals the VAR annulled a goal to Patrick Bamford for Leeds, for offside.
Bielsa’s team shortened distances, however, after half an hour; in a good combined action that ended with a head pass from the Polish Mateusz Klichi and a volley from Patrick Bamford that beat the Spanish Vicente Guaita.
An own goal on the brink of halftime ended up sinking Leeds. It was on a pass from the left by Dutchman Patrick Van Aanholt that Helder Costa deflected and surprised Meslier.
Crystal Palace regained the two goals that they extended in the second half, in the 70th, with Ghanaian Jordan Ayew’s target passing from Ivorian Wilfried Zaha.
The victory leaves Crystal Palace sixth in the table, one point behind Everton, which marks the European positions, previously surpassed by Manchester United. Leeds, who have three defeats in four games, are approaching the bottom but still seven behind the relegation that marks the third to last in the standings, West Bromwich.