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Hull City were relegated from the English Premier League after a 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace

Posted: 14 May 2017 Time: 16:47

Crystal Palace secured their Premier League status on Sunday with a convincing 4-0 victory over Hull City, who suffered relegation with one game to go in the season.

Wilfried Zaha scored in the second minute to get the ball rolling and Christian Benteke doubled Palace's lead 30 minutes later as they looked in control at half-time.

The Tigers started the second half well but a Luka Milivojevic penalty and a late Patrick Van Aanholt goal confirmed their return to the Championship next term.

The visitors made a nightmare start at Selhurst Park as Andrea Ranocchia completely missed a back-pass to allow Zaha in and the winger beat Eldin Jakupovic from inside the area to put Sam Allardyce's side ahead after just two minutes.

James Tomkins almost extended the Eagles' lead when he got on the end of a good corner from Jason Puncheon, but steered his header wide of the far post.

Marco Silva's men responded well to the early goal by keeping a lot of possession, but Palace struck again on the half-hour mark from a corner that Benteke headed home from an unmarked position at the near post.

Hull then had a penalty appeal turned down when a free-kick hit Puncheon's outstretched arm inside the box, and they went into the break not having managed a single shot on goal.

The Tigers made a better start to the second half, but were struggling to penetrate the home defence once more, and their hopes were firmly dashed five minutes from time when Jeffrey Schlupp drove into the box and was brought down by Michael Dawson to earn a penalty.

Milivojevic calmly stroked the spot-kick into the bottom-right corner to give the south Londoners an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Van Aanholt sent the home fans into party mode in the final minute when he slotted through the legs of Jakupovic from close range after being played in by James McArthur.

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