Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Sunderland thanks to Christian Benteke’s injury-time header.

Match Reports: Sunderland 2-3 Crystal PalaceMatch Reports: Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace

Palace were in the ascendancy but found themselves 1-0 down on 39 minutes when Joe Ledley gifted the ball to Jermain Defoe, who made the most of the error and slotted the ball beyond keeper Steve Mandanda.

Defoe appeared to have set Sunderland on course for their first league win of the season on the hour mark with his second of the afternoon, but the visitors hit back immediately.

The Eagles sent the ball forward from the restart and it fell to Ledley 20 yards out. His low shot took a deflection off Patrick van Aanholt, giving Jordan Pickford no chance in the Sunderland goal.

Boss Alan Pardew brought on Zeki Fryers on 74 minutes and he made an instant impact, beating his man before picking out James McArthur.

McArthur headed the ball home but there was more to come from Palace and another substitution proved to be the key.

In injury-time, Lee Chung-yong came on and the South Korean took a free-kick by the corner flag that Benteke headed into the back of the net to leave Sunderland rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from six games.

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