Everton's Champions League hopes take hit with loss to Palace

Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon, right, celebrates his goal in the club's 3-2 victory at Everton Wednesday.
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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - Crystal Palace dented Everton's hopes of Champions League football next season following a 3-2 away win on Wednesday in the English Premier League.

The Toffees had slipped into fifth place following Arsenal's 3-1 win over West Ham on Tuesday but had the chance to leapfrog the Gunners with a victory over the side that was promoted to the top flight ahead of this season.

Palace took a deserved lead in the 23rd minute, though, with Jason Puncheon converting for his fourth goal in his last three outings. The visitors doubled their lead shortly after the interval with defender Scott Dann nodding home in the 49th following Yannick Bolasie's cross.

Everton substitute Steven Naismith reduced the deficit in the 61st, but Palace restored its two-goal advantage as striker Cameron Jerome struck in the 73rd. Despite Kevin Mirallas finding the net late on to make it 3-2, Palace held on.

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