Benteke breaks Palace hearts

Christian Benteke came off the bench to convert a penalty in the sixth minute of stoppage time as 10-man Liverpool came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1.

  • Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 2
  • Ledley gives Palace the lead
  • Milner sees red for visitors
  • Firmino equalises for Liverpool
  • Benteke wins it from the spot late in the game

Match summary

Three minutes after the halftime interval the Eagles took a deserved lead when Joe Ledley struck with a left-footed shot from just outside the 18-yard area after the Reds could not clear a corner.

Just after the hour mark the visitors were dealt a massive blow when James Milner was given a red-card as he committed his second bookable offence.

However, Roberto Firmino was able to equalise for the Reds after picking up a poor clearance from Alex McCarthy before sending it back past him to make it 1-1.

Liverpool won the game in the sixth minute of stoppage time when substitute Benteke cooly scored a penalty after he was fouled in the box by Damien Delaney.

Full report

Crystal Palace started the game strongly with striker Emmanuel Adebayor hitting the crossbar in the 11th minute with a thumping header.

Liverpool gradually came into the game and started to see more of the ball without really testing McCarthy in the Palace goal.

Winger Yannick Bolasie was especially lively for the hosts and caused trouble for the Liverpool defense but both teams could not break each other down in the opening stanza.

Three minutes after the halftime interval the Eagles took a deserved lead when Joe Ledley struck with a left-footed shot from just outside box following a goalmouth scramble and some poor defending from Liverpool.

The visitors chances of finding a way back into the game were dealt a harsh blow on 60 minutes when James Milner was sent for an early shower after picking up his second yellow card.

However, the Reds did not let the numerical disadvantage hamper them and pushed hard for an equalising goal.

Their persistence finally paid off when McCarthy committed a huge error as his weak clearance went straight to Firmino and the Brazilian forward made no mistake with his finish to put his side back on level terms.

Much to the frustration of manager Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace handed Liverpool the game on a silver platter when Damien Delaney fouled Benteke in the box. The Belgian striker dusted himself off and cooly finished the penalty to give his side a hard-fought 2-1 win.

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