Chelsea hanged on to secure a 3-2 victory over stubborn Crystal Palace in a Premier League match staged at Selhurst Park.
Chelsea opened the scoring through Olivier Giroud before Christian Pulišić netted the second. Zaha scored a beauty to reduce the deficit to one. In the second half, substitute Tammy Abraham restored Chelsea's two-goal lead but a strike Christian Benteke gave the Blues a scare as they fought to secure the three points before the final whistle went.
Chelsea took the lead in the 6th minute through Olivier Giroud. Luka Milivojevic was distraught but this goal was going to stand. A hopeful ball down the wing by Reece James put Gary Cahill in a sprint with Willian and the veteran center-back pulled up with a hamstring injury. Willian didn't stop, dribbled along the byline and picked out Olivier Giroud for a simple finish.
Twenty-one minutes later, Chelsea doubled their lead and it was a terrific strike again from the inform Christian Pulisic. The move started in midfield with Willian, who played a give-and-go with Olivier Giroud before bringing in Pulisic down the left. Ward showed him inside as the American moved the ball onto his left foot and hammered it past Guaita at his near post.
In the 34th minute, Palace pulled one back through Wilfried Zaha who produced a brilliant strike. Patrick Van Anholt took the ball off Reece James down the Palace left, and the Dutchman brought in Wilfried Zaha in a central position. The Ivorian produced an absolute rocket that flew beyond Kepa into the roof of the net.
Tammy Abraham came in after the second-half water break and just like that, he netted the third goal for Chelsea to make it 3-1.
Well, after the celebration, Chelsea completely switched off at the restart as James McArthur fed Van Anholt on the underlap, Christensen was flat-footed as Christian Benteke tucked home his first goal at Selhurst Park since April 2018.
The results saw Frank Lampard's men move to third on the log with 60 points, two above fourth-placed Leicester who take on Arsenal at the Emirates.
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