Match Report: Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
Chelsea fans have been reduced to agony as our title ambitions seem to be over following a dreadful 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. It was John Terry’s OG which gave Palace the lead and consequently the victory.
Andre Schurrle had a glorious chance to give the blues the lead on the seventeenth minute. Chelsea broke through Cesar Azpilicueta on the left hand side of the pitch, the Spaniard found SChurrle in a promising position, but he could only stab wide under pressure.
Eight minutes later Palace created a chance for themselves. James Puncheon drilled a Bolasie who could only fire his shot into the side-netting. In truth he really should have done better.
On the half an hour mark Crystal Palace fans at Selhurst Park were fuming with rage at the referee. Chelsea’s centre back Gary Cahill appeared to have fouled Crystal Palace midfielder Bolasie in the area, however the ref waved away their protests and nothing was given. 0-0HT
Despite Palace’s initial disappointment they were soon ahead. The blues’ resolute captain John Terry was under pressure from Joe Ledley and headed the ball into his own net. 1-0
Chelsea almost replied instantly through Belgian Eden Hazard. He perfectly hit a half-volley which was denied brilliantly by Speroni in the Palace goal.
Palace almost doubled their advantage. Cameron Jerome played the ball to Puncheon who’s shot whistled past the post, mighty close to a Palace second.
With quarter of an hour left it was almost game, set and match for the Eagles. Cameron Jerome used his pace to break clear, he was one-on-one with Cech but his shot hit Cech’s near post.
As the clock ticked on, Chelsea were throwing the kitchen sink at Palace but could not break through. The game from a Chelsea perspective was optimized by Fernando Torres as he squandered a glorious chance to equalise.
FT 1-0 Win, draw or lose. Up the Chelsea! KTBFHH