West Ham pulled degree in opposition to Crystal Palace in essentially the most gorgeous vogue of their Premier League conflict on Wednesday night time.
The Eagles have been main at West Ham’s London Stadium dwelling by means of Christian Benteke’s first-half opener – however Sebastien Haller wasn’t having any of it.
The Ivorian ahead has a penchant for the spectacular, and he determined to attain a aim of the season contender to equalise for the Hammers.
Vladimir Coufal dinked the ball into the Palace penalty space, and Haller – going through away from aim – tried essentially the most eye-catching of bicycle kicks.
And it’s honest to say he pulled it off with aplomb, getting unbelievable top together with his soar earlier than powering the ball into the highest nook of Vicente Guaita’s aim.
Palace goalscorer Benteke went from hero to zero after the break as he was despatched off for catching Tomas Soucek together with his trailing arm as they went up for a header, however ten-man Palace held out for some extent in east London.
It was most likely not more than they deserved after a dominant first-half show.
Eberechi Eze caught the attention for Palace within the opening phases, the £16million teenager signed from QPR enjoying a neat one-two with Wilfried Zaha just for his low cross to fizz straight throughout aim.
Moments later, Joel Ward crossed from the precise however Benteke couldn’t get sufficient on his header from 4 yards out and the ball bounced broad.
Nonetheless, West Ham had been warned, though they nearly made the breakthrough when Vladimir Coufal’s cross discovered Pablo Fornals 10 yards out however his header flew the incorrect facet of the far publish.
As an alternative Palace went forward within the 35th minute when Ward whipped in one other cross from the precise.
This time Benteke, now in what for him is a wealthy vein of goalscoring type, obtained in entrance of Issa Diop to move dwelling his third in three matches for the guests.
It was a distinctly flat first half from an in-form West Ham facet, though Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita did should be on his toes to beat away Jarrod Bowen’s low drive.
Benteke handed up an excellent alternative for a second earlier than the break for Palace when Andros Townsend danced into the world and laid the ball throughout aim.
However the Belgium striker opted for a backheel end and the ball went straight into the arms of Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
West Ham equalised 10 minutes after the interval in model by means of Haller, who has been toiling on his personal within the Hammers assault of late as substitute for the injured livewire Michail Antonio.
However he made his mark when Coufal crossed from the precise, the Ivory Coast ahead executing an outstanding bicycle kick which flew previous Guaita and into the web.
Benteke had been booked within the first half for catching Angelo Ogbonna with a flailing arm and, a lot to his disbelief, he was proven a second yellow 20 minutes from time for a similar indiscretion in opposition to Soucek.
West Ham seemed for a winner however Declan Rice fired inches broad as each these upwardly cellular sides have been pressured to accept some extent.