- Milner sent off (62′)
- Benteke scores 96th minute winner
- Palace still winless in PL since Dec.
Up a goal and up a man, Crystal Palace couldn’t hold on for a win as Christian Benteke‘s penalty kick at the death gave Liverpool a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace are now winless in 12 Premier League matches, a run dating back to December.
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Liverpool controlled the play in the opening minutes and held more possession throughout the first half, although Crystal Palace always looked dangerous on the counter.
Palace’s best chance of the first half came in the 11th minute through Emmanuel Adebayor, but the big striker saw his header rattle off the crossbar as the match remained scoreless.
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Coming out of the break Palace got off to a dream start to the second half, grabbing the opening goal just three minutes in. Liverpool had trouble clearing a corner kick that rolled out to Joe Ledley, with the Welshman smashing a low shot into the bottom corner.
Already down a goal, Liverpool then went down a man when James Milner was sent off in the 62nd minute. On a yellow card, Milner made a rash challenge on Wilfried Zaha from behind, leaving referee Andre Marriner an easy decision to show a second yellow and subsequent red.
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With their back to the wall, Liverpool was gifted an equalizer from Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in the 72nd minute. Making his first Premier League start since September in place of the injured Wayne Hennessey, McCarthy slipped on an attempted clearance as his failed kick fell right to Roberto Firmino. All Firmino had to do was pass the ball into the net as the Reds drew level with less than 20 minutes to play.
Even with ten-men, Liverpool looked the better side in the closing stages of the match, and Alberto Moreno nearly won it with less than five minutes to play with a booming strike that was rejected by the woodwork.
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When it looked like the match would end a draw, Christian Benteke went down after a challenge in the box from Damien Delaney in the 94th minute. The referee signaled for a penalty kick, and Benteke finished it off to give Liverpool a win with the final kick of the ball.