Late Benteke goal stuns Brighton

Published on: 22 February 2021

Crystal Palace scored with both of their two efforts on target

Christian Benteke's stoppage-time goal gave Crystal Palace a smash-and-grab Premier League win at rivals Brighton, who are now in danger of being drawn into a relegation battle.

The visitors had opened the scoring against the run of play, with Jean-Philippe Mateta backheeling Jordan Ayew's cross in from their first attack of the game.

But Brighton's dominance in possession though was rewarded with an equaliser after the break when Joel Veltman swept a left-foot effort into the bottom-right corner.

The hosts spurned several excellent chances to go ahead before Benteke superbly volleyed in the winner against the run of play in the final minute of added time.

It proved to be a remarkable conclusion to the contest with Brighton enjoying 75% of the ball, registering 25 shots on goal to Palace's three and forcing 13 corners while conceding none.

The result sees Palace move up a place to 13th but the Seagulls remain 16th, just four points above a resurgent Fulham in 18th.

    How Brighton v Crystal Palace unfolded

Wasteful Brighton rue missed chances

Having come into this fixture on the back of a six-game unbeaten run Brighton fans could have been forgiven for looking at the second half of the season with optimism.

However, they will now be concerned at the prospect of their side being dragged into a fight for top-flight survival over the coming months.

While Graham Potter's side play adventurous and easy-on-the-eye football, their ability to score goals has undoubtedly contributed to their current predicament.

Ten days after frustratingly failing to convert any of their 26 shots on goal against Aston Villa, they at least went one better this time around courtesy of their Dutch international defender Veltman.

But Potter will desperately hope that his forward players can now step up and provide the firepower that they will need to edge to safety.

The likes of top scorer Neal Maupay, who has scored just three goals in his last 19 Premier League appearances, endured another difficult evening, while Danny Welbeck, Lewis Dunk, Pascal Gross and Adam Lallana were all wasteful when presented with good opportunities.

Hodgson's plan works to perfection

Arriving on the south coast without the influential Wilfried Zaha, and after disappointing defeats to Leeds and Burnley, few would have expected Palace to collect maximum points from this encounter.

However, while the manner in which they achieved it was extraordinary, manager Roy Hodgson will be delighted by the way his side rolled up their sleeves and soaked up sustained periods of pressure.

He will also feel vindicated by the five changes he made to his team from their defeat at Turf Moor.

Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell both completed their defensive duties diligently, while no player made more clearances than Gary Cahill (nine) at the heart of the Eagles' defence.

On-loan Mainz forward Mateta had the physical presence to hold off Ben White before scoring a delightful opener, while Andros Townsend, another player returning to Hodgson's starting XI, dug out a wonderful late cross for Benteke to score the winner.

More to follow.

Player of the match

BentekeChristian Benteke

with an average of 8.01

    BrightonBrighton & Hove AlbionBrighton & Hove Albion Crystal PalaceCrystal PalaceCrystal Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion

Avg

Squad number34Player nameVeltman

Average rating

5.58

Squad number5Player nameDunk

Average rating

5.09

Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

Average rating

4.89

Squad number33Player nameBurn

Average rating

4.86

Squad number26Player nameSánchez

Average rating

4.84

Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

Average rating

4.71

Squad number11Player nameTrossard

Average rating

4.70

Squad number8Player nameBissouma

Average rating

4.68

Squad number13Player nameGroß

Average rating

4.66

Squad number3Player nameWhite

Average rating

4.65

Squad number14Player nameLallana

Average rating

4.63

Squad number17Player nameAlzate

Average rating

4.37

Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh

Average rating

4.29

Squad number9Player nameMaupay

Average rating

4.28

Crystal Palace

Avg

Squad number20Player nameBenteke

Average rating

8.01

Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

Average rating

7.40

Squad number24Player nameCahill

Average rating

7.34

Squad number14Player nameMateta

Average rating

6.90

Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

Average rating

6.87

Squad number31Player nameGuaita

Average rating

6.86

Squad number10Player nameTownsend

Average rating

6.83

Squad number2Player nameWard

Average rating

6.61

Squad number27Player nameMitchell

Average rating

6.51

Squad number22Player nameMcCarthy

Average rating

6.33

Squad number25Player nameEze

Average rating

6.31

Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

Average rating

6.24

Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

Average rating

5.83

    Line-ups Match Stats Live Text

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 3-4-2-1

26Sánchez

3White5Dunk33Burn

34Veltman13Groß8Bissouma17Alzate

11Trossard10Mac Allister

9Maupay

    26Sánchez

    3White

    5Dunk

    33BurnBooked at 53mins

    34VeltmanBooked at 84mins

    13GroßSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 81'minutes

    8Bissouma

    17AlzateSubstituted forWelbeckat 45'minutes

    11Trossard

    10Mac AllisterSubstituted forLallanaat 68'minutes

    9Maupay

Substitutes

    7Connolly

    14Lallana

    15Moder

    16Jahanbakhsh

    18Welbeck

    22Tau

    23Steele

    24Pröpper

    29Zeqiri

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

31Guaita

2Ward8Kouyaté24Cahill27Mitchell

44Riedewald4Milivojevic25Eze

9J Ayew14Mateta10Townsend

    31Guaita

    2Ward

    8Kouyaté

    24Cahill

    27Mitchell

    44Riedewald

    4Milivojevic

    25EzeSubstituted forMcCarthyat 90+1'minutes

    9J Ayew

    14MatetaSubstituted forBentekeat 75'minutes

    10Townsend

Substitutes

    1Butland

    3van Aanholt

    6Dann

    17Clyne

    20Benteke

    22McCarthy

    23Batshuayi

    34Kelly

Referee: Kevin Friend

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamCrystal Palace

Possession

Home75%

Away25%

Shots

Home25

Away3

Shots on Target

Home5

Away2

Corners

Home13

Away0

Fouls

Home11

Away6

Live Text

Post update

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Crystal Palace 2.

90'+7'

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Crystal Palace 2.

90'+6'

Post update

Hand ball by Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90'+5' goal

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Crystal Palace 2. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

90'+4'

Post update

Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+4'

Post update

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

90'+1'

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McCarthy replaces Eberechi Eze.

90'

Post update

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.

90'

Post update

Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

89'

Post update

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

89'

Post update

Attempt blocked. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

84'

Booking

Joël Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84'

Post update

Foul by Joël Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion).

84'

Post update

Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'

Post update

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Joel Ward.

81'

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Pascal Groß.

78'

Post update

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a headed pass.

77'

Post update

Foul by Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion).

77'

Post update

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75'

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jean-Philippe Mateta.

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