AT HALF: Benteke’s PK miss, Adrian save holds Hammers lead

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Manuel Lanzini‘s goal has held into halftime thanks to Christian Benteke‘s penalty miss and a fine Adrian save in a rain-drenched match at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

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Simone Zaza came close to getting his first Premier League goal when he cut away from Damien Delaney to slice a left-footed shot at Steve Mandanda from 17 yards, but the keeper collected the attempt.

Wilfried Zaha had a good chance at the other end in the ninth minute, but he had his aim wrong with a shot that dragged across the goal and wide.

Cheikhou Kouyate just missed Michail Antonio with a cross-18 headed flick, as West Ham started to feel out its role on the road.

Lanzini then provided the goal in the 19th minute, as Dimitri Payet and Aaron Cresswell combined well for five passes on the left flank before the latter’s cross was pushed in by the Argentine. 1-0.

Crystal Palace had successive penalty shouts in seconds, and the second gave West Ham a controversial penalty. Benteke airmailed his attempt high and wide of the goal.

Moments later, Benteke rose to hammer a redemptive attempt toward the upper 90 only to see Adrian make a flying save.