Crystal Palace 5 Bournemouth 3: Batshuayi hits brace as Eagles finish in style
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Crystal Palace secured their record Premier League points haul from a 38-game season by beating Bournemouth 5-3 on Sunday.

Michy Batshuayi scored a brace as Crystal Palace earned a thrilling 5-3 win over Bournemouth, achieving their highest points total in a 38-game Premier League season in the process.

The Eagles raced into a three-goal lead on the final day at Selhurst Park, Batshuayi notching twice before Jack Simpson put through his own net as the Cherries looked a shadow of the side that beat Tottenham last time out.

Jefferson Lerma's long-range rocket threatened to spark a comeback on the stroke of half-time and goals from Jordon Ibe and Joshua King gave Bournemouth hope either side of Patrick van Aanholt grabbing Palace's fourth, but Andros Townsend clinched the win with a well-taken finish 10 minutes from time.

Palace took the lead when Wilfried Zaha's cross from the right looped into the box for Batshuayi to volley it over his shoulder and into the net.

Zaha started the move that led to Palace's second, spraying the ball to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The full-back's cross found Batshuayi sliding into the six-yard box to poke the ball over the line before Mark Travers could react.

Bournemouth could not cope with Palace's fast breaks and Zaha burst clear before firing a shot that Travers could only parry into the legs of Simpson, who diverted the ball into his own net.

But Lerma ensured the visitors were still in the contest at the break, launching a 25-yard thunderbolt that hit the inside of the post before finding the net.

Bournemouth showed renewed intent after the interval and it paid off when Adam Smith's cut-back cross found Ibe, who drilled into the bottom corner via a deflection off Joel Ward.

Yet Van Aanholt traded passes with Zaha on his way into the box to score Palace's fourth and while King responded, Townsend's cool finish after fine work down the left from the irrepressible Zaha wrapped up the victory.


What does it mean? Bournemouth slip back

Palace held on to 12th place in the final Premier League table, while Bournemouth were leapfrogged by Newcastle United and finish the campaign in 14th.

Batshuayi signs off on a high

The Belgian finishes with five goals in 11 league appearances for Palace this season, confirming he was a wise addition on loan from Chelsea.

Hmm, Simpson eh?

It was an afternoon to forget for young Cherries defender Simpson, who scored an own goal during a torrid afternoon for Bournemouth's back four.

Key Opta facts

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- Crystal Palace scored five goals in a Premier League game for just the third time.
- Bournemouth's Premier League matches this season have seen a total of 126 goals (56 scored, 70 conceded), the most of any side in the competition.
- Roy Hodgson enjoyed his 100th Premier League win, becoming the oldest manager to reach the milestone at 71 years and 276 days.
- Michy Batshuayi has scored a brace in each of his two Premier League appearances on the final day of the season, scoring two for Chelsea in May 2017 and a brace today.
- Andros Townsend has hit double figures for goal involvements in a Premier League season for the first time ever (6 goals, 4 assists).

What's next?

This is the last game of a gruelling campaign for both sides, but they will meet again in the Premier League next season after steering well clear of relegation.

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