- Benteke opens scoring
- Ayala answers for Boro
- Zaha strikes for winner
Daniel Ayala scored the lone goal for the Riverside Stadium set in a very even match.
Palace now has four points, one behind the Boro.
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Ayala was at the center of the both first half goals.
First, the Middlesbrough defender was hampered in his attempt to defend a long cross by Benteke, as the Palace man had his arms on Ayala’s shoulders as he leapt to head home the opener.
But Ayala looped a header of his own from 12 yards out off a Boro corner to level things in the 38th minute.
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It looked as if an Alvaro Negredo would put the game back on its ear on a breakaway just before halftime, but Steve Mandanda parried his attempt to send the match into the break at 1-1.
Zaha turned goal scorer to start the second half, powering past George Friend to push a shot past Victor Valdes and give the match its final score.