Wilfried Zaha scores first Premier League brace and headed goal

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The Cote d’Ivoire international scored twice in a game for the first time in the English topflight as well as a goal with his head against Brighton

Wilfried Zaha is already doing a great deal to help Crystal Palace avoid relegation from the English Premier League and on Saturday afternoon, he laid down a marker.

Playing his 26th English topflight game of the season, Zaha walked right into the fire as he and his Crystal Palace colleagues welcome Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park, looking to continue their fight against demotion.

And the Cote d’Ivoire star was the one who delivered for the Eagles in the first half, as he fired his side ahead in the fifth minute.

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In the 24th minute, Zaha extended his side lead after heading in Luka Milivojevic’s cross past goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Achieving that put the former Manchester United player in a select group of players who have scored a brace in the EPL.

And scoring his first headed goal ranks him 39th amongst the players who have scored with their heads this term.

Roy Hodgson’s men go into the halftime break with a 3-2 lead and victory against the Seagulls will help their course to avoid the drop at the end of the season.