Christian Benteke’s controversial penalty in the dying minutes was the decider at the Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool ‘stole’ a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.
Joe Ledley for Palace and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino were on the scorers’ sheet although both sides came up with great chances to increase the tally in the duration of the game.
Yannick Bolasie and Emmanuel Adebayor were both denied in the early stages of the game.
Yohan Cabaye’s 25th minute shot could only hit the side net while on the other half, Divork Origi curled the ball which went on top of the post four minutes later.
Joe Ledley fired a left footed shot past the sea of bodies in the Liverpool box in the 48th minute to hand Crystal Palace a 1-0 lead.
James Milner was yellow-carded for the second time in the game, in the 64th minute, and consequently sent off after fouling Wilfried Zaha.
Roberto Firmino equalised for Liverpool with 18 minutes left on the clock when he stroked the ball to an open net after a poor clearance by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who had received a back pass from Joe Ledley.
Christian Benteke’s first touch of the ball after he replaced Divork Origi in the 78th minute was a shot saved by the Palace keeper.
Alberto Moreno unleashed a powerful shot that came off the foot of the Crystal Palace post in the 87th minute.