Match report: Crystal Palace 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

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In a tense Premier League encounter, Crystal Palace defeated Wolves by two goals from Odsonne Edouard.

After slipping between two Wolves defenders, Edouard scored the game’s first goal by converting Tyrick Mitchell’s wonderful cross. Six minutes after entering the game as a substitution for Wolves, Hwang Hee-chan equalised the score by converting a Pedro Neto free kick.

But only a few minutes after Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa denied Eberechi Eze from a free-kick, Eze scored after receiving a knockdown from Jean-Philippe Mateta, with Edouard and Mateta working together to create a composed slotted finish. In extra time, Matheus Cunha scored a close-range goal, but Palace had already secured the victory. 

Hodgson’s team has struggled to get going, failing to score in each of their opening four Premier League games. Palace had only managed to score two goals in their first three league games, so scoring had been difficult.

But after a scoreless first half, Palace woke up as Edouard scored the game’s first goal shortly before the hour. After combining with Mateta, Eze scored, giving him his second goal of the match and his first league double for Palace since he scored twice against Tottenham Hotspur on his debut two years ago.

Wolves aren’t known for being prolific goal scorers, despite their 5-0 victory against League One Blackpool in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. They had more opportunities in the first half but were unable to convert any of them.

However, the Wolves didn’t register a goal until Hwang entered the game.

Cunha’s late header was only a little comfort, adding to the agony for a Wolves team that enters the international break with just three points. 

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