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Palace secure top-flight status with 2-0 win at Sheffield Utd

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Sheffield United's John Egan in action with Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke

Deflected goals from Christian Benteke and Eberechi Eze gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at relegated Sheffield United on Saturday, snapping a run of three league defeats for the London club and guaranteeing their top-flight status next season.

The visitors took the lead in the second minute when Eze carved the Blades open with a mazy run and slid the ball to Benteke, whose effort bounced off George Baldock and dribbled over the line.

Eze then doubled Palace’s advantage in the 88th, gliding past several challenges before firing a goal-bound effort that took a massive deflection off John Fleck and wrongfooted Aaron Ramsdale.

The win lifted Roy Hodgson’s side to 13th on 41 points, 14 points clear of the relegation zone with four games to play. The Blades remain rooted to the bottom of the table with 17 points.

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