Wolverhampton move joint top of Premier League after beating Crystal Palace


Wolverhampton Wanderers' Daniel Podence celebrates after scoring his side's second goal.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Daniel Podence celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal.

Wolverhampton earned a share of the English Premier League lead after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday (NZT).

Teenage defender Rayan Ait-Nouri’s first goal for Wolves and Daniel Podence’s other first half effort highlighted their most complete performance in the league.

Wolves sit third, level on points with Everton and Liverpool, in their best start to a top-flight since 1979.

Palace had a penalty correctly overturned by VAR, and a Michy Batshuayi strike was disallowed for offside but they were well beaten, and Luka Milivojevic was dismissed with four minutes left for a tackle on Joao Moutinho after referee Martin Atkinson’s video review.

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Wilfried Zaha struggled to make an impact as Palace missed their own chance to make a mark among the pace-setters.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rayan Ait-Nouri, left, clashes with Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Rayan Ait-Nouri, left, clashes with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.

Ait-Nouri, who joined from Angers in the summer, scored from Cheik Kouyate’s cross with a first-time drive in the 18th minute.

Podence finished Pedro Neto’s cross at the far post in he 27th.