Chelsea Move Up To Third Spot After Edging Palace In 5-Goal Thriller
Chelsea secured a hard-fought 3-2 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, to move up to the third position and boost their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea front men Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham were on target
while Wilfred Zaha and Christian Benteke scored for Palace.
The win means Chelsea temporarily moves up to third on 60 point
Chelsea took the lead on six minutes in fortuitous circumstances after Gary Cahill pulled up with an injury at the most unfortunate of times.
A long ball over the top was chased down by both Cahill and Willian, but the Palace defender pulled up lame
, allowing Willian to latch on to the pass calmly picked out Olivier Giroud with a cut back who tucked home.
The lead was doubled in the 27th minute moments after the first drinks break after superb play from Christian Pulisic.
Willian found Pulisic on the edge of the Palace box whose sharp left-footed drive flew past Vicente Guaita at the near post
Wilfired Zaha reduced the deficit in the 34th minute with one of the goals of the season.
The Ivorian latched onto a loose ball in midfield
, and took a few paces forward before unleashing a 25-yard drive that nestled into the top corner to make it 2-1.
For the second time in the match
Chelsea scored soon after a drinks break when Tammy Abraham made it 3-1 on 71 minutes.
Also, a quick counter-attack saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek race away and fed Abraham,
who sidefooted the ball in off the Palace post.
However, Less than 60 seconds later, Palace reduced the arrears to one once more
after Patrick Van Aanholt’s cutback across goal was steered home by Christian Benteke.
At Vicarage Road relegation threatened Watford gave their survival hopes a huge boost with a 2-1 comeback win against bottom side Norwich City.
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