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Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace: Benteke strikes late to bury Black Cats

Crystal Palace came back from two goals down to win 3-2 thanks to Christian Benteke's late goal.

  • Sunderland dead last in PL
  • Benteke’s 90th min goal does the trick
  • Defoe nets two

Christian Benteke’s late goal gave Crystal Palace another win, at the expense of snake-bitten David Moyes and Sunderland.

James McArthur and Joe Ledley also scored for Palace, who rises to 8th with 10 points with a 3-2 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Jermain Defoe scored both of Sunderland’s goal, as Moyes felt more misery after blowing a two-goal lead. The Black Cats are 20th, with one point.

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The first half-hour and beyond was not much to behold, and of course it was Defoe who opened things up.

Not without help from Joe Ledley, whose giveaway under pressure allowed the sure-footed Englishman to bury a chance and give Sunderland a rare lead.

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The sleepy first half gave way to a wide awake second, as Defoe increased Sunderland’s lead from penalty distance.

Then Ledley made amends for his error by answering Defoe’s second with Palace’s first. The Welshman’s shot from outside the 18 took a big deflection Off Patrick van Aanholt in near own-goal fashion.

But McArthur piled misery on the hosts with a 74th minute equalizer, and Benteke darted in to wrest a winner in the 90th minute.

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