EPL: Crystal Palace, Newcastle share spoils 


A second-half penalty from Luka Milivojevic has earned Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Selhurst Park.
Mohamed Diame had given the Magpies a half-time lead, but Milivojevic made no mistake from the spot as both sides added a point to their efforts to remain in the top flight.
Palace have moved into 14th place in the standings, while Newcastle now sit a point above the relegation zone after a fourth league game without a win.
The first opportunity of the match went the way of Newcastle, with Dwight Gayle turning to volley straight at Wayne Hennessey, but moments later, Palace should have taken the lead.
Ayoze Perez saw a volley saved by Hennessey but midway through the first half, Newcastle had their opener when Perez flicked on a corner to Diame, who was waiting at the back post to score from six yards out.
Palace ended the first half on top, but the ball was not falling for them inside the penalty area and Newcastle were able to head into half time with a rare lead, with Diame’s goal their first during the opening 45 minutes of a league game since December 23.
After the restart, however, it was all Palace. Andros Townsend could have perhaps done better with a header from 12 yards out but the Eagles were soon back on level terms.
After Ciaran Clark was correctly adjudged to have pulled the shirt of Benteke inside the penalty area, Milivojevic stepped up to convert the spot kick, with Darlow pushing the ball onto the inside of the post.
Palace kept the pressure on their opponents but like in the first half, the ball refused to fall kindly for them inside the box and Newcastle somehow managed to remain on level terms heading into the final quarter.