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Zaha bags brace as Crystal Palace earn final spot at Brighton in Championship play-offs

PUBLISHED: 09:41 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 14 May 2013

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (left) celebrates with his team-mate Joel Ward after the final whistle. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (left) celebrates with his team-mate Joel Ward after the final whistle. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

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Crystal Palace secured their place in the Championship play-off final after beating rivals Brighton 2-0 in the second leg of the semi-final last night.

Manchester United bound winger, Wilfried Zaha, bagged both goals in the second-half to send The Eagles to Wembley where they will face Watford for a place in the Premier League.

The odds were against Palace after the 0-0 first leg on Friday, with Brighton unbeaten in 10 league games and unbeaten at home since losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup back in January.

However, the first-half proved a cagey affair with the only real chance falling to the away side’s Aaron Wilbraham, who poked his effort wide from six-yards.

The second-half opened up and Zaha looked to have recaptured the form that earned his move to Manchester as Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever purchase.

With 69 minutes gone Zaha snuck behind Brighton’s Wayne Bridge and latched on to substitute Yannick Bolasie’s cross to head home the opener.

As the home side pushed for the equaliser, it was Zaha who struck again to claim Palace’s second after finding himself on the right end of another assist from Bolasie.

The Eagles will now face Watford in the final at Wembley on Monday, May 27 at 3pm.


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