Yannick Bolasie got on the scoresheet in DR Congo's 6-1 thrashing of Madagascar over the weekend to help his country move a step closer to qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Eagles winger had been allowed to miss the Leopards' previous game due to his wedding, but returned to action to help Congo move to the top of their group with one final qualifier to play.
The visitors were already 2-0 ahead when they were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out in the 42nd minute in Mahajanga and Bolasie stepped up to whip it over the wall and see it crash off the post as his side easily swept aside their opponents.
A win for Congo in their final group game against the Central African Republic will see them make the finals in Gabon in January as they aim to go one step further than their semi-final showing back in 2015.
Meanwhile two Palace players have already booked their spots at the finals as Pape Souare's Senegal and Bakary Sako's Mali qualified for the continental competition.
The left-back played the full 90 minutes in Bujumbura as Senegal notched their fifth win in their five qualifiers to seal their spot with a game to spare. Two other Premier League players grabbed the goals as Sadio Mane put the Lions of Teranga in front before Mame Biram Biouf added a second to clinch the victory.
Mali also advanced despite once again missing Sako who sat out their 2-0 win against South Sudan that ensured they would finish top of the pile in Group C.
Still in with a slim chance joining the party are Togo after Emmanuel Adebayor helped them come from two goals behind to draw 2-2 against group leaders Liberia.
The Lone Stars found themselves 2-0 ahead after 55 minutes but goals from Floyd Ayite and Kodjo Laba turned the game around and means that a win against rock-bottom Djibouti in September could be enough for the Eagles striker's nation to clinch a spot as one of the best runners-up.
Away from African action, Mile Jedinak played the full game as Australia beat Greece 1-0 in Sydney on Saturday.
The Socceroos skipper saw his side claim the win thanks to Matthew Leckie's last minute strike, with the sides due to do battle once again on Tuesday in Melbourne but Jedinak won't be featuring in that game having been allowed to leave the camp for personal reasons.