Sebastien Haller scored a stunning equalizer with an overhead kick to give West Ham a point against London rivals Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke, who was later sent off, set Palace on track for an away win at London Stadium with his third goal in as many games. Benteke beat Issa Diop beyond Lukasz Fabianski to Joel Ward’s superb delivery to plant a diving header. But when Ivory Coast forward Haller showed a wonderful technique to execute an overhead kick beyond Vicente Guaita after meeting Vladimir Coufal’s cross, the Hammers leveled.
Benteke, who had previously caught Angelo Ogbonna with his elbow, was shot 20 minutes from time for a second yellow card for a similar offense against Tomas Soucek. In an energetic first-half display, Benteke stood out, scoring, creating a chance, and making five attempts at goal. He paced his run to perfection to meet Ward’s delivery and send Palace into the lead.
But after Haller’s equalizer, Benteke’s night took a turn for the worse when he was given his marching orders after catching Soucek, having already been booked for making contact with Ogbonna with his right elbow in the first half.
Haller’s goal was the highlight of the game, an exquisite finish that Vicente Guaita, last Sunday’s Palace hero against the Tottenham leaders, had no chance of keeping out.
Adam Lallana’s second-half strike ruled out as Danny Welbeck’s VAR spot a handball in the build-up in the second match Fulham vs. Brighton; Adam Webster also hits the crossbar with a fine header; Fulham pushes at least above Burnley for 24 hours 17th, while Brighton sits 16th.