Christian Benteke heads Crystal Palace in front against West Ham at London Stadium
Christian Benteke cost Crystal Palace a club record £27m when he joined from Liverpool in August 2016

Sebastien Haller scored a spectacular equaliser with an overhead kick to earn West Ham a point against London rivals Crystal Palace.

Christian Benteke, who was later sent off, had put Palace on course for an away win at London Stadium with his third goal in as many games.

Benteke beat Issa Diop to Joel Ward’s superb delivery to plant a diving header beyond Lukasz Fabianski.

But the Hammers levelled when Ivory Coast forward Haller showed wonderful technique to send an overhead kick beyond Vicente Guaita after meeting Vladimir Coufal’s cross.

Benteke, who had earlier caught Angelo Ogbonna with his elbow, was dismissed 20 minutes from time for a second yellow card for a similar offence on Tomas Soucek.

Benteke’s mixed fortunes

There were few clear-cut chances in a tightly fought London derby but Benteke showed he might be returning to his form of old – before he was dismissed by referee David Coote.

Having scored two in Palace’s last away game at West Brom, he now has as many Premier League goals as he managed in the previous two seasons.

Benteke stood out in an energetic first-half display, scoring, creating a chance and having five attempts at goal.

He timed his run to perfection to meet Ward’s delivery and send Palace into the lead.

But after Haller’s equaliser 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.

Sebastien Halle equalised for West Ham against Crystal Palace with a spectacular overhead kick
Sebastien Halle scored his seventh goal of 2020-21 in all competitions

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West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  3. Squad number23Player nameDiop

  4. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

  5. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  6. Squad number41Player nameRice

  7. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  8. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  9. Squad number9Player nameBenrahma

  10. Squad number18Player nameFornals

  11. Squad number22Player nameHaller

  1. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

  2. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  3. Squad number11Player nameSnodgrass

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number31Player nameGuaita

  2. Squad number2Player nameWard

  3. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  4. Squad number6Player nameDann

  5. Squad number3Player namevan Aanholt

  6. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

  7. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

  8. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur

  9. Squad number25Player nameEze

  10. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

  11. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  1. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  2. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

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West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 41Rice
  • 28Soucek
  • 20BowenSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 80′minutes
  • 9BenrahmaSubstituted forSnodgrassat 88′minutes
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forLanziniat 45′minutes
  • 22Haller


  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 15Dawson
  • 16Noble
  • 24Fredericks
  • 35Randolph

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 6Dann
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forSchluppat 85′minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 75mins
  • 18McArthur
  • 25EzeSubstituted forJ Ayewat 76′minutes
  • 20BentekeBooked at 70mins
  • 11Zaha


  • 1Butland
  • 5Tomkins
  • 9J Ayew
  • 15Schlupp
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 27Mitchell
  • 44Riedewald

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