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Everton draw with Palace in EPL

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016

Everton have jumped to third in the English Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace.

Christian Benteke earned Palace a point when he powered a header into the net past keeper Maarten Stekelenburg five minutes after the break from Joel Ward's cross on Friday.

It was his fifth goal in six matches against Everton.

His Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku gave the hosts the lead in the 35th when he bent a free kick over the wall after Damien Delaney was penalised for a high boot on Phil Jagielka, although the Everton defender had appeared to handle the ball.

"It's a good point in the end. We defended set plays and second balls well against a difficult team," said Everton manager Ronald Koeman.

"The team performance was outstanding, although we'd like to create more opportunities.

"We've had a good start to the season. The position in the table is not everything at the moment and we need to improve, but we're doing a good job."

Palace have proved lucky opponents for Lukaku, who has scored four goals in his last five top-flight appearances against the south London side who stay in seventh spot.

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