Christian Benteke’s stopping goal gave Crystal Palace a resounding Premier League victory over rivals Brighton, who are now in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle

The visitors opened the scoring against the run of the game, with Jean-Philippe Mateta pushing back Jordan Ayew’s cross in their first attack of the match

But Brighton’s dominance in possession was rewarded with an equalizer after the break when Joel Veltman swept a left-footed effort into the lower right corner

The hosts fended off several excellent chances to advance before Benteke stole the winner superbly against the run of play in the last minute of added time

This turned out to be a remarkable conclusion to the fight with Brighton taking advantage of 75% of the ball, registering 25 shots on goal against Palace’s three and forcing 13 corners without conceding any

The result sees Palace climb one spot to 13th, but the Seagulls remain 16th, just four points above a resurgent Fulham in 18th

Goal! Brighton v Hove Albion 1, Crystal Palace 2 Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the lower left corner Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross

Attempt blocked Danny Welbeck (Brighton & Hove Albion) with right foot shot from the center of the box is blocked

Attempt blocked Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) with right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked Assisted by Danny Welbeck

Failed attempt Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a header pass

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