Aston Villa secured a dramatic comeback victory as Douglas Luiz’s penalty and Leon Bailey’s strike deep in stoppage time secured a 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace.
In the absence of manager Roy Hodgson, who was not at Villa Park after being taken unwell earlier on Saturday, Palace thought they were heading for victory thanks to Odsonne Edouard’s strike early in the second half.
However, substitute Jhon Duran hammered home an emphatic equaliser to bring the hosts level with three minutes remaining of normal time.
Nine minutes of stoppage time were added on and in a dramatic end to the game, Unai Emery’s team were handed the chance to seal all three points after referee Darren England pointed to the spot when Ollie Watkins went down under a challenge from Chris Richards. VAR sent England to the screen, but controversially the referee stuck with his original decision, and Luiz made no mistake to spark the Villa celebrations.
The hosts put the seal on victory as Bailey struck to send Villa above Palace into seventh.
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Aston Villa’s next game is a trip to Legia Warsaw on Thursday as they begin their Europa Conference League campaign – kick-off 5.45pm.
Unai Emery’s side then return to Premier League action when they travel to Chelsea on September 24 – kick-off 2pm.
Crystal Palace’s next outing is at home to Fulham on Saturday – kick-off 3pm. The Eagles then take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup on September 26, live on Sky Sports – kick-off 8pm.