Dominant Mateta annihilates opponents as Palace crush Villa

Crystal Palace wrapped up an amazing season with a victory over Aston Villa to secure a top-half finish. Jean-Philippe Mateta has been on fire, scoring a hat-trick in the 5-0 win, with teammate Eberechi Eze adding two goals. They finished the season with seven consecutive unbeaten matches under Oliver Glasner, who took over for Roy Hodgson in February. Mateta has excelled under Glasner’s leadership, scoring 13 Premier League goals since his debut on February 24. He finished the season with 16 top-flight goals, matching the tallies of Bukayo Saka and Jarrod Bowen. Eze praised Mateta’s scoring prowess, emphasizing the ease it brings to their game. Mateta, a Frenchman, made history by scoring in seven consecutive home games, joining Thierry Henry’s 2004 feat for Arsenal. Eze ended the season strong with 11 goals and four assists, prompting calls for an England squad spot. Villa’s rollercoaster season saw them concede five goals each in their first and last matches, but they qualified for the Champions League amidst pre-season doubts. Villa manager Unai Emery thanked supporters for their backing throughout the season, emphasizing their achievements and the excitement for the upcoming season.

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