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EPL: Wissa earns Brentford late point at Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Yoane Wissa of Brentford celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brentford FC at Selhurst Park on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Yoane Wissa headed a late equaliser after coming on a substitute to earn Brentford a share of the spoin a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Palace looked to be easing towards three points after in-form Wilfried Zaha’s stunning opener in the 59th minute.

Zaha cut in from the left to curl an unstoppable right-footed effort into the far corner, his fourth goal in the Premier League this season.

But Brentford hung in and Wissa was unmarked in the penalty area to salvage a point – his effort standing after a VAR check for offside went in favour of the visitors.

Brentford almost won it late on with Rico Henry having a great chance saved and Ben Mee heading against the crossbar.

It would have been tough on Patrick Vieira’s Palace if they had ended empty-handed and especially on Zaha who has started the season impressively.

Zaha illuminated the London derby just before the hour when he received a pass by Cheick Doucoure on the edge of the penalty area before cutting in and bending a shot with minimum backlift.

He had looked Palace’s most dangerous player in a first half of few chances, twice having efforts blocked by Brentford defender Aaron Hickey.

Michael Olise also grazed the post with a left-foot effort shortly before Zaha broke the deadlock.

Brentford are a resilient side, however, and went home happy thanks to Wissa’s late leveller.

A third draw for Brentford left them on six points from their opening five games with Palace on five.

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