Palace in late smash-and-grab raid on Brighton

Brighton 1-2 Palace

Crystal Palace snatched a late 2-1 win over rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.

Substitute Christian Benteke scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Palace a smash-and-grab victory.

Palace had gone in front with their first attack in the 28th minute after Jean-Philippe Mateta backheeled Jordan Ayew’s cross. It was the French striker’s first goal since his loan move from Mainz.

Brighton equalised 10 minutes after the break with a Joel Veltman effort into the bottom-right corner.

Albion continued to dominate with 75 per cent possession and enjoyed 25 shots on goal in the game.

However, Palace nabbed a dramatic winner with just their second attempt on target as Benteke expertly volleyed Andros Townsend’s left-wing cross into the far corner.

The win moves Palace closer to safety up to 32 points and 10 points above the relegation zone.

Brighton: Sanchez, White, Dunk, Bissouma, Maupay, Mac Allister (Lallana 68), Trossard, Gross (Jahanbakhsh 81), Alzate (Welbeck 46), Burn, Veltman.

Not used: Steele, Connolly, Moder, Tau, Propper, Zeqiri.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Mitchell, Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze (McCarthy 90), Mateta (Benteke 75), Ayew.

Not used: Butland, van Aanholt, Dann, Clyne, Batshuayi, Kelly.

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