Christian Benteke: Sunderland's zonal marking was 'easy' to score against

Christian Benteke heads home the winner
Christian Benteke heads home the winner
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Sunderland's zonal marking system made it 'easy' for Christian benteke to score his injury-time winner says the Crystal Palace striker himself.

Benteke rose to head home a late free-kick to complete Palace's comeback from 2-0 down at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Belgian striker Benteke, speaking on Goals on Sunday, said the zonal marking deployed by David Moyes' side 'surprised' him.

He said: "Yeah, I was surprised, because obviously it was probably the last chance of the game, and as soon as I saw the defenders marking zonal, I knew I was going to get my chances.

"I think it's the easy way to defend. It's an easy way to defend for the defender, and it's an easy way to attack for the attacker."