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Everton: Adam Jones spots Zaha handball before Mateta goal

Everton: Adam Jones spots Zaha handball before Mateta goal -Everton News

An Everton journalist has spotted what looks to be a handball by Wilfried Zaha shortly before Jean-Philippe Mateta put Crystal Palace 2-0 up in their FA Cup clash this afternoon.

The Lowdown: Comfortable win

It was a comfortable win for the home side in the end at Selhurst Park, despite the visitors actually starting the game quite well.

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Unfortunately for Frank Lampard’s side, Marc Guehi gave the Eagles the lead with a header from a corner, before Mateta, Zaha and Will Hughes added to their misery.

Nonetheless, there seems to be a bit of controversy surrounding the second Palace goal.

The Latest: Zaha handball

Taking to Twitter, after footage appearing to show Zaha slapping the ball shortly before Mateta scored was shared across the platform, The Liverpool Echo reporter Adam Jones was left baffled that the goal was not ruled out, as VAR seemed to miss the incident in the build-up.

He fumed: “Errrrr, excuse me? Didn’t see this on the other side of the pitch at the time but that’s absolutely blatant isn’t it?”

The Verdict: Should not have stood

Given that Zaha then collected the ball again on the wing shortly after the handball, before firing in his cross for Mateta to score, VAR should have intervened and ultimately the goal should not have stood.

Should the Crystal Palace goal have stood?

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Patrick Vieira’s men were already 1-0 up at that point, but given Everton’s bright start, they could easily have got back into the game had VAR intervened and the goal not stood.

It was not just Jones who seemed confused by the incident, and the Toffees can feel quite hard done by over Zaha’s unpunished indiscretion.

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