Liverpool appeared to be heading for a fourth defeat in five games in all competitions against Palace after Joe Ledley broke the deadlock in the second half and James Milner was sent off.
However, Brazil international Roberto Firmino capitalised on Alex McCarthy’s slip to level for the visitors with 18 minutes remaining at Selhurst Park.
Jurgen Klopp introduced Benteke from the bench in the second half and the striker won an added time penalty after Damien Delaney appeared to catch the Belgium international in the penalty area.
The Palace defender made minimal contact with the £32.5m signing but the former Aston Villa striker calmly dispatched his effort from the penalty spot.
Unsurprisingly, the penalty divided opinions amongst the ex-professionals on Twitter.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was amongst those who felt it was a clear penalty:
Don't think there was any question that it was a penalty. Senseless challenge. pic.twitter.com/5tlAN1t4UZ
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 6, 2016
That's a pen on Benteke all day.pulls out of the tackle but his knee catches him…why was Delaney going to ground in the first place 🙈
— Jody Morris (@morriskid) March 6, 2016
Has the panel said there was contact on benteke!stupid taclkle schoolboy stuff.Got my little 2-1 bet right though.
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) March 6, 2016
Ex-Palace striker Bright and some of his fellow former professionals weren’t convinced, though:
Not sure what to say, cant fault the effort but to lose at the end to a decision like that isn't right. Mr Marriner has to be 100% sure.
— Brighty (@Mark__Bright) March 6, 2016
IMO there is a small bit of contact,
If all contact was to be penalised there would be pens/free kicks every 2 mins
CB bought pen#notforme
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) March 6, 2016
Mirallas dives booked rightly so,Benteke dives penalty. That's modern football.
— Peter Reid (@reid6peter) March 6, 2016
— Marlon Harewood (@Mazer_9) March 6, 2016
Young does it: 'disgraceful, disgusting, no need for it'
Benteke does it: 'clever play, you have to go down'
The pundits/media are a joke.
— Alan Tonge (@Alan_Tonge) March 6, 2016
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