Midtable rivals Villa and Palace draw 1-1 in Premier League

May 15, 2022 GMT
Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp scores his side's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Sunday May 15, 2022. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)
Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp scores his side's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Sunday May 15, 2022. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)
Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp scores his side's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Sunday May 15, 2022. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)
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Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp scores his side's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Sunday May 15, 2022. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)
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Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp scores his side's first goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Sunday May 15, 2022. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp scored an 81st-minute equalizer as Crystal Palace secured a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa in a match between two midtable teams in the Premier League on Sunday.

Three minutes after coming on, Schlupp finished from close range to cancel out Ollie Watkins’ 69th-minute opener for Villa.

Lucas Digne had a strike saved by Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland and Watkins hit a shot wide in stoppage time as a late Villa push to reclaim the lead proved in vain.

Patrick Vieira’s Palace and Steven Gerrard’s Villa are in 12th and 13th places, respectively, a point apart.

Gerrard and his team performed a pre-match guard of honor for players who were part of Villa’s 1982 European Cup triumph.

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