Chelsea the Frank Lampard’s side was engaged in 5-goal-thriller on Tuesday evening at the Selhurst Park Stadium for an encounter that seemed a walk-away for the visitors not until the host began to prove points. Many have said after the match that “if not for the Kurt Zouma’s vital save, the Glaziers would have taken a point home at least”.
It was Oliver Giroud who opened the scoring after Palace defender Gary Cahill pulled up with a match-ending injury to allow Willian to charge into the box unimpeded and set up Olivier Giroud to finish. The rest of the match was a testament to the kind of competitive, high-octane, see-saw football that draws so many viewers to the English top flight, even when the grounds are empty of spectators. Chelsea looked to have put the game beyond the home side twice, first through Christian Pulisic’s rising shot to make it 2-0 in the first half and then via Tammy Abraham’s neat finish with 19 minutes to go to put the Blues 3-1 up but this reckoned without the input of Zaha and Benteke. The visitors’ win means they moved above Leicester into third place in the table and five points ahead of fifth-place Manchester United.
Source: BBC Sport