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Zaha scores screaming and misses a shocking penalty as the Eagles are held back by resurgent Canaries

WILFRIED ZAHA went from sublime to ridiculous in a matter of minutes when he scored his beautiful goal with an incredible penalty.

Teemu Pukki scored the fastest Premier League goal this season to give Norwich the lead in 39 SECONDS.

Palace dominated the second half but couldn't break the Canaries' defence

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Palace dominated the second half but couldn’t break the Canaries’ defenceCredit: Reuters

But Zaha delivered a delightful equalizer in the hour, which he celebrated by hugging boss Patrick Vieira, who before the game urged his talisman to become a team player. more than.

Two minutes later, Zaha had a chance to bring home three points for his team when Tyrick Mitchell was sent out of the box after an Ivorian cross.

However, Zaha then took the worst penalty kick of the campaign, seemingly slipping as he hit the ball four yards away from Angus Gunn’s right post.

It is a strange change that will leave Norwich boss Dean Smith wondering how he feels, seeing his side get the chance to jump out of the relegation zone but also avoid be failed.

The positivity was pervasive across Carrow Road before kicking off after three straight wins in all competitions for his side.

And the stadium was in shock when Pukki’s early strike gave Norwich a dream start.

Milot Rashica had to take the majority when Kosovan let Joel Ward follow him down the left wing before unleashing a dangerous low shot.

That went to Adam Idah, who tapped it so that Pukki drove down to the ground, inside the pillar, and inside.

Palace threatened to hit back at Jean-Philippe Mateta, who was well saved by Angus Gunn.

But in reality, Patrick Vieira’s side could have fallen behind if it weren’t for two interventions from quick-thinking full-back Mitchell.

Both opportunities have seen Rashica and Pukki bond together.

Having first seen the whip before at a precise diagonal line Pukki was ready to nod home, only for Mitchell to go ahead and swerve a corner.

Later, Rashica let Ward die again as he dashed towards the Palace box and squared Pukki.

You would think Finn would have high confidence after his early goal, which was his sixth in the league this season, but he faltered and again Mitchell came to the rescue.

Rashica remained Norwich’s main threat as he unleashed a shot from 25 yards after the break, before Gunn kept a strong right hand to beat a Jeffrey Schlupp blast.

From then on, it was a Zaha show.

The 29-year-old received a cross in the left corner of the box and fired a shot into the far corner, leaving Gunn without a chance.

Zaha ran to Vieira, who raised her arms in celebration, punching the air and hugging her manager tightly.

But the fun scenes quickly turned sour when the Palace hero delivered a disastrous long shot, which he helped win by teeing off on Mitchell, who was beaten by Max Aarons.

Zaha pointed desperately at the spot, as if to confirm some foul after seemingly losing a leg, but he knew no one could blame him for a weak effort.

The outcome will be seen as a missed opportunity for both parties – but also a point of staying motivated for their personal goals.

Smith’s side are now unbeaten in three league games and just one point away from safety.

While Palace maintains an eight-point distance to the drop area to prevent any possible danger within reach.

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