Crystal Palace have won their first game in 2023

Premier League

Jean-Philippe Mateta’s goal in stoppage time gave Crystal Palace a win over fellow struggling Leicester City in Roy Hodgson’s first game back in charge.

Palace was in charge and had 20 shots by halftime, the most in a Premier League half since 2015, but they were unable to score.

Shortly into the second half, substitute Ricardo Pereira punished them for their carelessness by launching a powerful shot after being set up by Timothy Castagne.

Yet Leicester’s advantage was short-lived, as Palace drew level only three minutes later when Eberechi Eze’s free-kick hit the crossbar and sailed in off the back of Palace’s goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.

Wilfried Zaha, the captain of Palace, had to leave the game in the first half after pulling up with a groin injury.

Mateta maneuvered around his defender before putting a low Jordan Ayew ball past Iversen to give the hosts a thrilling victory.

Leicester is one point back of safety in 18th, while Palace is now five points clear of the relegation zone in 12th.

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