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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

By Lyle JacksonBBC Sport
Benteke scores
Christian Benteke's goal was his first in 2016

A stoppage-time penalty by Christian Benteke gave 10-man Liverpool a dramatic 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Benteke went down following a challenge by Damien Delaney and got up to coolly score the spot-kick.

Palace had led through Joe Ledley's 48th-minute finish and Liverpool's James Milner was sent off for a second yellow card on 62 minutes.

A calamitous slip by Palace keeper Alex McCarthy gifted Liverpool their equaliser, scored by Roberto Firmino.

The defeat leaves Alan Pardew's men without a win in 12 Premier League matches.

Penalty decision tough to take - Alan Pardew

Penalty drama at the end

The penalty was a sensational end to the match, with Palace boss Pardew hurling his coat to the ground in frustration.

Delaney's knee touched Benteke's ankle and referee Andre Marriner, guided by a well-placed assistant official, awarded the match-winning spot-kick.

It gave McCarthy the chance to become a hero after his earlier mistake, but Benteke stepped up to end 715 goalless minutes in all competitions.

Costly blunder by keeper

Palace, the only team without a Premier League victory in 2016, were on target to win after Ledley netted as the ball ping-ponged around the box following a corner.

But the error by the recalled McCarthy changed all that.

The 26-year-old keeper, back in the Palace side for the first time since September with Wayne Hennessey injured, slid in attempting what seemed a straightforward clearance.

But he kicked the ball straight to Roberto Firmino, who accepted the gift by making it 1-1 in the 72nd minute.

Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's passion

Liverpool's 10 men on top

The win means Liverpool are now up to seventh in the table and just six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

And they did it by dominating the match after going down to 10 men.

They were losing at that stage and it looked like another case of Liverpool's inconsistency after their superb 3-0 midweek win over Manchester City.

The stats show they earned it as, despite losing Milner, Liverpool ran further as a team than Palace over the 90 minutes, clocking a collective 113km to their hosts' 111km.

Man of the match - Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

Adam Lallana ran more than anyone on the pitch and had a passing accuracy of 92%
Adam Lallana ran further than anyone on the pitch and had a passing accuracy of 92%

The stats you need to know

  • Palace have gone 12 Premier League matches without a win (D4 L8), the current longest winless run in the top-flight.
  • Roberto Firmino (11) has scored or assisted more Premier League goals in 2016 than any other player (7 goals, 4 assists).
  • James Milner was sent off in a Premier League game for only the second time in his career (first v WBA in Oct 2012).
  • No Premier League side has scored more goals from corners this season than Crystal Palace (10) - level with Spurs.
  • Christian Benteke ended a run of 715 minutes in all competitions without a goal for Liverpool.

What's next?

Spirits will be high in the Liverpool camp as they host Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday. Their next Premier League match is away to Southampton on Sunday, 20 March.

Crystal Palace's sights now turn to their first FA Cup quarter-final final for 21 years. On Friday, they are away to Reading, the only non-Premier League club left in the competition.


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12McCarthy
  • 2Ward
  • 6DannBooked at 11mins
  • 27Delaney
  • 23Souaré
  • 11Zaha
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forMutchat 70'minutes
  • 15Jedinak
  • 28LedleySubstituted forGayleat 82'minutes
  • 25AdebayorSubstituted forSakoat 81'minutes
  • 10Bolasie


  • 1Speroni
  • 14Lee
  • 16Gayle
  • 22Mutch
  • 26Sako
  • 29Chamakh
  • 34Kelly


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 38FlanaganSubstituted forCoutinhoat 61'minutes
  • 6Lovren
  • 17Sakho
  • 18MorenoBooked at 86mins
  • 7MilnerBooked at 62mins
  • 14HendersonBooked at 10mins
  • 23Can
  • 20Lallana
  • 11FirminoSubstituted forK Touréat 88'minutes
  • 27OrigiSubstituted forBentekeat 80'minutes


  • 2Clyne
  • 4K Touré
  • 9Benteke
  • 10Coutinho
  • 15Sturridge
  • 24Allen
  • 52Ward
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty Liverpool. Christian Benteke draws a foul in the penalty area.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

  7. Post update

    Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

  9. Post update

    Christian Benteke (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Kolo Touré replaces Roberto Firmino.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  15. Post update

    Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

  16. Booking

    Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

  18. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

  20. Post update

    Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

4Man City28155852312150
5West Ham291310645331249
6Man Utd29138837271047
11West Brom29109103036-639
15Crystal Palace2996143239-733
20Aston Villa2937192255-3316
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