Benteke’s volley seals victory for Crystal Palace against Brighton


Stunning goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Christian Benteke saw Crystal Palace steal all three points at the Amex Stadium, beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 despite having just two touches in the Brighton box.

The hosts controlled the first-half without creating much in the way of clear-cut chances with all of their possession, and it came as a bit of a shock when Palace took their lead with their first significant attempt of the game after 28 minutes.

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Jordan Ayew’s cross was slightly behind Mateta, but the on-loan striker produced a brilliant flicked back-heel finish through the legs of both the covering defender and goalkeeper, opening his account for Palace in spectacular fashion.

Brighton upped the pace after the break and drew level through Joel Veltman’s clinical close-range shot. But, despite the home side continuing to dominate as the chances flowed with increasing regularity throughout the second half, it was Palace who won it deep into stoppage time.

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The visitors had barely got into Brighton’s half for the final 20 minutes, but, just as the clock ticked over to 95, Andros Townsend carried the ball down the left and crossed deep for Benteke, who volleyed home a wonderful first-time shot at the back post for the unlikeliest of wins.

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The result sees Palace move up to 13th on 32 points and ends Brighton’s six-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, with Graham Potter’s side still just four points clear of the drop zone.


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