EPL 2015: Crystal Palace Outplays Promoted Norwich 3-1
Norwich had an equalizing goal harshly ruled out before Crystal Palace finished off a 3-1 win at the promoted side Saturday on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Substitute Cameron Jerome though he’d made it 2-2 when he stretched his boot up for an acrobatic overhead kick into the net in the 74th minute but referee Simon Hooper whistled for his foot being too high. Norwich also appealed for a penalty when Sebastien Bassong was pushed over by Connor Wickham in the area in the 89th minute, before new signing Yohan Cabaye netted Palace’s third on a counterattack in stoppage time.
Wilfried Zaha and Damien Delaney gave Palace a 2-0 lead before Nathan Redmond pulled one back in the 69th.
Palace went ahead in the 39th after Jason Puncheon got away down the right flank before chipping the ball across the penalty area, where Zaha leaped high to sidefoot a volley past John Ruddy at the far post.
The visitors doubled their lead four minutes into the second half.
Pape Souare ran into the penalty area unmarked to head a corner toward the far post, where the ball was slotted in by Delaney.
Redmond hauled Norwich back into the game on 69 minutes, firing a low shot into the bottom left corner from distance.
Just four minutes later, Norwich thought they had equalized when Jerome hooked the ball over his shoulder, past marker Ward and into the roof of the net after a scramble in the six-yard box. However, the celebrations were cut short when Hooper — refereeing his first Premier League game — whistled for a foul for the striker’s high boot.
Cabaye then ended any hopes of a comeback with a cool finish after being played clear in the area.