Milivojevic rescues point for Palace

Luka Milivojevic’s second-half penalty saw Crystal Palace come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Serbian made no mistake from the spot after Christian Benteke had been fouled by Ciaran Clark on 55 minutes to cancel out Mohamed Diame’s 22nd-minute opener for the visitors.

Newcastle opened the scoring from a poorly-defended corner when Kenedy’s low cross from the right bounced once in the six-yard box into the path of Diame, completely unmarked at the back post, and he prodded the ball into an unguarded net.

Wilfried Zaha and Benteke had earlier wasted one-on-one opportunities and Zaha had a further effort blocked by DeAndre Yedlin before Wayne Hennessey produced a brilliant double save at the other end, denying first Kenedy and then Ayoze Perez.

During the dying minutes of the first half, Benteke was too slow to react when Zaha’s deflected shot was pushed into his path by Karl Darlow and Palace were frustrated again when Yohan Cabaye’s half-volley lacked power and was held by the Newcastle goalkeeper.

However, they were presented with a route back into the game 10 minutes into the second half when Zaha crossed and Clark tugged Benteke’s shirt in the six-yard box.

Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot and Milivojevic converted the penalty, squeezing the ball home, despite Darlow diving the right way and getting a firm hand to it.

The goal ignited the home team, but they missed a succession of chances as Benteke headed over, Andros Townsend skied a good opportunity and James McArthur failed to test Darlow with a left-footed effort from the edge of the area.

Benteke thought he had won it in the 88th minute when his header beat Darlow, but Clark made a last-ditch clearance on the line while Jonjo Shelvey was perhaps fortunate not to concede a second penalty when he tugged the shirt of McArthur as Newcastle held on to their point.