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Substitute striker scores to defeat rivals 2-1 at Amex Stadium in stop time

At Brighton & Hove Albion, a late volley from substitute Christian Benteke earned Crystal Palace a 2-1 derby win.

On 28 minutes, Palace took the lead when Jean-Phillipe Mateta spun and flicked a backheel through Robert Sanchez’s legs at Brighton’s goal.

10 minutes after the break, the home side equalised. The blocked shot by Pascal Gross eventually found Joel Veltman who fired home at the back post.

The Seagulls enjoyed 74.8 percent of the possession and had 25 shots to Palace’s three, with Adam Lallana close to making that dominance count, but with 15 minutes remaining, his first-time effort flew over.

In stoppage time, however, Benteke claimed the dramatic victory, volleying Andros Townsend’s cross back across goal and into the corner.

Palace is now 13th with 32 points, three places and six points clear of Brighton.

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