Benteke denies Foxes in Palace comeback

Crystal Palace fought back from two goals down to secure a credible 2-2 draw with in-form Leicester City in their English Premier League encounter at Selhurst Park.

  • Palace 2 Leicester 2
  • Huth heads opener
  • Foxes hold lead until HT
  • Vardy doubles the lead
  • Cabaye pulls one back
  • Benteke nets equaliser
  • Palace seven points clear of 18th

Match summary

Robert Huth handed Leicester City the early lead in the sixth minute, which proved to be the only goal of the first half.

In the second half, Jamie Vardy put the Foxes two goals ahead, before Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke both scored to earn Crystal Palace a valuable point.

Full report

Both sides started the fixture with a renewed sense of optimism after four wins from their last five fixtures. 

However, Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare decided to rest Danny Drinkwater and Shinji Okazaki ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday,

Despite making the bold decision against a powerful and disciplined Palace, the visitors took the lead after some uncharacteristically slack defending from Sam Allardyce's men.

Robert Huth netted with a route one header, towering above goalkeeper Wayne Hennesey – after a long throw from left-back Christian Fuchs.

Palace reacted to the disappointing start with a decent spell of possession but often allowed the Foxes too much space in wide areas and on the break, with Leonardo Ulloa providing an industrious display alongside Jamie Vardy.

The second-half started much like the first, with Shakespeare's side quick out the blocks to take a two-goal lead. This time Vardy managed to beat Hennesey with his weaker left foot, only seconds after Palace had a penalty appeal turned down with Wilfied Zaha smashing the ball into the chest of Marc Albrighton.

It was another classic counter, reminiscent to the Premier League title winning season as PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez picked out the England international on the run, before the tireless forward turned Jeff Schlupp and curled the ball beyond the Eagles stopper.

But 55 seconds later, in the 54th minute Yohan Cabaye pulled one back for the home side to breathe further life into the encounter.

Schlupp looked to make amends for his mistake by trying a speculative effort, but it bounced into the path of the France international midfielder – to sweep the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

And in the 70th minute Palace were rewarded for their persistence as Christian Benteke bundled the ball home at the back post after climbing all over Leicester defender Yohan Benalouane.

The final stages provided a couple of half-hearted penalty appeals, while Marc Albrighton and Vardy combined on numerous occasions to threaten to home side's point.

Nonetheless, both side's settled for a point, seemingly clear of relegation worries in the final few games of the campaign.