London (AFP) – Wilfried Zaha’s equaliser lifted Crystal Palace up in ninth in the Premier League table as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton on Monday.

Neal Maupay fired the visitors into a 54th-minute lead but Palace star Zaha drew the Eagles level against the Seagulls with a fine solo effort 15 minutes from time at Selhurst Park.

Brighton remain in 13th position, five points above the relegation zone.

For Palace, Christian Benteke made his first start since August while Jeffrey Schlupp’s hip injury meant Jairo Riedewald came in at left-back and Scott Dann also came in.

Martin Montoya and Yves Bissouma came in for Brighton, with Dale Stephens suspended, and Steven Alzate dropped to the bench.

Following a goalless first half, Brighton went ahead in the 54th minute  when Maupay, controlled a cross from Leandro Trossard and let fly with his left foot from the edge of the box.

Palace rallied and were back on level terms in the 75th minute when Zaha, collecting the ball on the left, turned Montoya inside out and then unleashed a powerful shot past helpless Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.