Ben­teke, Lukaku find tar­get

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp LIVER­POOL, Eng­land (AP): THE ENGLISH Premier League’s bat­tle of the Bel­gium strik­ers ended in a stale­mate when Romelu Lukaku and Chris­tian Ben­teke scored in Ever­ton’s 1-1 draw with Crys­tal Palace yes­ter­day.

Ben­teke grabbed Palace’s equaliser in the 50th minute, ris­ing above Sea­mus Cole­man to con­nect with Joel Ward’s cross and guid­ing a header in­side the far post.

“We re­ally fought hard,” Ben­teke said, “and came back in the game.”

All three of Ben­teke’s goals have been head­ers since join­ing Palace from Liver­pool for a club record £27 mil­lion last month, se­cur­ing five points.

But Lukaku is ahead of his Bel­gium team­mate in the English scor­ing chart with a league-lead­ing five goals af­ter curl­ing in a free kick over a static Palace wall in the 35th at Good­i­son Park.

Ever­ton had ref­eree Jon Moss to thank for hold­ing on for a point af­ter Damien De­laney’s sec­ond-half header was ruled out.

Re­plays showed De­laney was on­side, and al­though James Tomkins was off­side, the Palace de­fender was not in­ter­fer­ing with play.

Con­fu­sion reigned as Moss went over to his as­sis­tant to dis­cuss the in­ci­dent for a num­ber of sec­onds be­fore de­cid­ing the goal should not stand.

“(Moss) said that James McArthur was down the line of the goal­keeper,” De­laney said.

Palace was de­nied a fourth suc­ces­sive league win, leav­ing the Lon­don club three points be­hind third-place Ever­ton.

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Crys­tal Palace’s Chris­tian Ben­teke (left) cel­e­brates with team­mate James McArthur af­ter scor­ing his side’s first goal against Ever­ton dur­ing their English Premier League match at Good­i­son Park, Liver­pool, Eng­land, yes­ter­day. The game ended 1-1.

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