Benteke Stars As Spirited Crystal Palace Shock Liverpool

Benteke Stars As Spirited Crystal Palace Shock LiverpoolCrystal Palace put a huge dent in Liverpool’s top-four hopes on Sunday with a 2-1 win at Anfield.

Coutinho curled a free-kick into the corner of the Palace goalpost in 24 minutes to give the hosts the lead.

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However, the visitors made a strong fightback as Christian Benteke scored twice against his former club.

Liverpool are third on the Premier League table while Crystal Palace sit 12th with 38 points.

Crystal Palace Stun Chelsea At Stamford Bridge

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Christian Benteke’s 11th minute strike has helped Crystal Palace stun league leaders, Chelsea, by two goals to one at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fàbregas gave the Blues a 5th minute but two goals in two minutes from Wilfred Zaha and Benteke ensured the Eagles took home all three points.

Elsewhere, Tottenham beat Burnley 2-0 to close the gap on Chelsea to seven points.

Hull City edged West Ham 2-1, Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, scored Leicester City’s opening goal in their 2-0 win over Stoke City.

Manchester United and West Brom drew goalless at old Trafford.

Watford pipped Sunderland 1-0, while in the day’s lunchtime kickoff, Liverpool beat Everton by three goals to one at Anfield.

Liverpool Escape Defeat By Chelsea At Home

Benteke of Liverpool, ChelseaLiverpool on Wednesday escaped a home defeat by Chelsea in a Premiership League game, forcing the visiting team to a 1-1 draw.

An early goal from Chelsea Midfielder, Eden Hazard, had set the Blues on the spotlight in the 32nd minute.

This goal boosted the visiting team’s morale, as they maintained the lead till the end of the first half.

Liverpool Forward, Christian Benteke, brought in in the second half, however, rescinded the rugged spirit of Guus Hiddink’s boys with an equaliser in the 90th minute.

With the draw, Chelsea still maintain their 9th position with 10 points behind Liverpool on the English Premier League table which is currently at the eight position.

FA Cup: West Ham’s Late Goal Sends Liverpool Out

LiverpoolWest Ham United have dumped Liverpool out of the FA Cup in an extra-time thriller at Upton Park.

After a drab goalless draw at Anfield a week and a half ago, both teams produced a more entertaining match.

Michail Antonio had given West Ham the lead on the stroke of half-time before Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick levelled it up just after the break.

The second half saw both teams miss a lot of chances with Christian Benteke guilty of a notable miss in the 56th minute.

West Ham also seemed to have had a valid penalty denied when Tiago Ilori pulled down Valencia in the box.

Daniel Sturridge’s well taken shot also missed the goal by inches in the 108th as the match seemed to be heading for penalties.

Liverpool, however, were left to rue their wasted chances as Angelo Ogbonna headed home Dimitri Payet’s free-kick in the 121st minute.

Klopp made 10 changes from the side that threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Sunderland on Saturday. Only goalkeeper Simon Mignolet kept his place.

Five members of their starting line-up had never previously started a Premier League game.

Ranieri, Klopp Comment On Liverpool’s Victory

Liverpool-FC-and-Leicester-CityLeicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, says Liverpool deserved to win after Christian Benteke ended the League leaders 10-match unbeaten run.

It was Leicester’s second league defeat of the season and the first time they failed to score with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who have scored 29 of Leicester’s 37 league goals this season substituted in the second half.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is pleased to have ended Leicester’s unbeaten run which also ended his side three-game winless streak.

Klopp praised his team’s performance for holding on to a crucial victory that could see them chasing a top four finish again.

The Liverpool boss is hoping the players can continue with such display when they face Sunderland at the stadium of light on Wednesday, December 30.

Rodgers Pleased With New Signings

RodgersLiverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers is optimistic that the new players signed by the club will help the team compete for major titles this season despite the record sale of Raheem Sterling.

The club have already signed Adam Lallana and are on the verge of adding Aston Villa top hit man Christian Benteke to their line up.

Rodgers believes Sterling’s move will not affect the team and described the 20-year-old as a talented footballer.

Aston villa striker Christian Benteke has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, who now have money in their pocket following the sale of Sterling to Manchester City in a deal worth up to 49 million pounds.

The Reds are closing in on Benteke who has a 32.5 million pound buyout clause in his contract.

However Aston Villa manager, Tim Sherwood reiterated the club’s stance that he would not be leaving unless the clause was activated.

Aston Villa Beat Liverpool To Book FA Cup Final With Arsenal

FA CupAston Villa will meet Arsenal in the 2015 FA Cup Final after securing a 2-1 semi final victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool were the favourites and despite taking the lead in the first half, they rarely looked comfortable and they got what their performance deserved.

Liverpool went ahead courtesy a Philippe Coutinho goal in the 30th minute but were pegged back by a well taken Christian Benteke goal six minutes after.

Fabian Delph, who was the provider for the equalizer, scored the winner on 56th minute and the team held on to earn their first FA Cup final since 2000.

Aston Villa were outstanding and their horrible season has become one to remember since the arrival of manager, Tim Sherwood.

Arsenal had beaten Reading FC with the same scoreline on Saturday, albeit after extra time, to book their place in the final.

Arsenal would be hoping to retain the trophy they won in 2014 at Wembley Stadium.

Holders Arsenal reached a record 19th FA Cup final after two goals from Alexis Sanchez sealed victory over Reading.

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, after the game said; “The records show that we are consistent and that is most difficult. I believe that we now need to focus on our next game. We come back here in the final, we have time to prepare and overall the final is a 50/50.

“If we can beat that record we will be very happy. The final is 50/50 so let’s hope we have all our players available to come back in a good shape.”

The FA Cup final holds on Saturday, May 30 at the Wembley Stadium.