Zaha scores late to grab point for Palace vs West Ham

West Ham United's Mark Noble, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Crystal Palace, with team-mate Felipe Anderson during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London, Saturday Feb. 9, 2019. (Paul Harding/PA via AP)
West Ham United's Mark Noble scores his side's first goal of the game against Crystal Palace, with team-mate Felipe Anderson during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London, Saturday Feb. 9, 2019. (Paul Harding/PA via AP)
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini during the game against Crystal Palace, during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London, Saturday Feb. 9, 2019. (Paul Harding/PA via AP)

LONDON — Wilfried Zaha came to his team's rescue as Crystal Palace snatched an English Premier League point off West Ham in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The striker, back from suspension and able to face the Hammers after appealing against an additional ban, struck 14 minutes from time.

Mark Noble fired the visitors into a first-half lead from the penalty spot.

Palace would have equalized earlier but midfielder James McArthur tried to lift the ball over 'keeper Lukasz Fabianski, only to clip it wide from four yards out.

Instead it was Zaha, sent off at Southampton last week after sarcastically clapping the referee, who milked the applause with his late leveler.

West Ham took a 27th-minute lead when Declan Rice lofted the ball into the box. Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita came out and clattered into Michail Antonio. The reliable Noble stepped up to take the spot kick, sending Guaita the wrong way for his first goal of the season.

The equalizer arrived after 76 minutes when Zaha ran at the West Ham defense, collected a return ball from McArthur and saw his angled drive loop off the boot of Issa Diop and over Fabianski.

Midtable West Ham has six more points than Palace.

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