Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa ratings as 'Boom Boom' Jean-Philippe Mateta and Eberechi Eze humble Villa

A near faultless display from Oliver Glasner’s Palace as Aston Villa were truly humbled in 5-0 defeat

The sun shone down on Selhurst Park in more ways than one as the Eagles ended their phenomenal second half of the season in sensational style, thumping Aston Villa 5-0.

It did not take long for Palace to open up the scoring and once they started, they did not want to stop. Jean-Philippe Mateta was consistently in the right place at the right time and, after scoring just eight minutes into play, a first-half brace was quickly turned into a hat-trick with Michael Olise, Daniel Munoz and Eberechi Eze all assisting the French striker brilliantly.

Aston Villa were not without their first-half chances, but Dean Henderson executed a superb save to deny Moussa Diaby a chance at an early equaliser while Tyrick Mitchell was on hand to snuff out every potential threat down the left hand side.

With half-time coming at a crucial time for the Villans, many expected Unai Emery’s Champions League side to bounce back all guns blazing. This was not the case however and the Eagles were even more rampant in their attack after the break.

Eberechi Eze, who had been far from his best in the first half, took just nine minutes to produce a superb strike from outside the box. The English star then assisted Mateta’s 13th goal in 13 matches before the duo paired up once again in a quick back and forth for Mateta to assist Eze’s 69th minute strike.

It was not the way Unai Emery would wish to end a Champions League-achieving season. But for the Eagles, what an incredible way for Oliver Glasner to end the campaign and while most players will be excited for the impending break, Crystal Palace will surely be counting down the days until they begin what is sure to be an electrifying 2024/25 campaign.

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