Benteke lifts Liverpool in Premier League clash

AP

Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification on Wednesday.

The striker pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner just 22 seconds into the second half. A Benteke goal earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday.

Liverpool climbed to seventh in the standings, tied for points with Manchester United but behind its rival on goal difference, and five points off the top four with exactly half the season gone.

Sunderland remained next to last with its fifth straight loss in December, and fell seven points from safety.