West Ham United footballers have their 34th Premier League round match at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. The Hammers were 2:3 down after the first half, but Tomas Soucek scored the opening goal! The goal marked a significant milestone.
The fans at Selhurst Park didn’t have to wait long for the first goal of the match, although it didn’t exactly bring joy to the home fans.
However, both West Ham and Czech football fans could rejoice. Tomáš Souček opened the scoring in the Crystal Palace vs. West Ham match, as he took the ball in the whitewash and directed his shot into the net!
Soucek beat Rosicky
The 28-year-old midfielder scored his 20th goal in 119 games to overtake Tomas Rosicky, who has scored 19 goals in 170 league games for Arsenal. Soucek is now historically the third best Czech goal scorer in the Premier League.
But the Hammers’ lead didn’t last long. Just six minutes later Jordan Ayew had a great chance, which he converted quite swiftly with a shot to the right post. In the fifteenth minute the score was level at 1-1.
And five minutes later the home team added another goal. This time Wilfried Zaha was at the end of the action and with a bit of luck he sent Crystal Palace into the lead.
The Hammers were clearly the worse team in the first half, apart from the opening minutes, with the home side able to get into very dangerous situations. The home side confirmed this in the 30th minute when Ghanaian midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp made it 3-1.
Unfortunately, it was Souček who had a problem with the processing of the ball and failed in the decisive personal duel with the author of the goal. Schlupp was completely alone in front of Lukasz Fabianski.
However, by the end of the first half, David Moyes’ charges managed to reduce the deficit. In the 36th minute, Soucek slid the ball to teammate Michail Antonio, who made no mistake – 2: 3 for West Ham.
As far as the table position is concerned, if Crystal Palace had managed to win this game and get three points, they would have moved up to 11th place with 40 points. West Ham, on the other hand, would remain 15th with 34 points.
Sources: Premier League, Canal+ Sport
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