Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea – South London blown away by The Blues in a Selhurst Park goal-fest

Roy Hodgson's team succumbed to a home defeat to Chelsea at Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea
Cris Lebron

Cris Lebron

Cris is our author whose career in writing about Premier League lasts exactly the same amount of time he waited for his favorite club to claim the throne of this prestigious league.
Technical card:
Crystal Palace: Vicente Guaita, Joel Ward, Gary Cahill, Cheikhou Kouyate, Patrick Van Aanholt, Jordan Ayew (Andros Townsend, min.76), Jairo Riedewald (James McCarthy, min.59), Luka Milivojevic, Eberechi Eze (Jeffrey Schlupp, min.59), Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha
Chelsea: Edouard Mendy, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Callum Hudson-Odoi (Reece James, min.76), Mateo Kovacic (Hakim Ziyech, min.82), Jorginho (N`Golo Kante, min.61), Benjamin Chilwell, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Goals: Kai Havertz (0-1, min. 8), Christian Pulisic (0-2, min. 10), Kurt Zouma (0-3, min. 30), Christian Benteke (1-3, min. 63) and Christian Pulisic (1-4, min. 78)

Palace suffered a home defeat to Chelsea on Saturday at Selhurst Park. Palace wanted to improve their league standing following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Everton in their previous game. Chelsea were beaten 5-2 in the previous match against West Bromwich Albion. Following today’s result, Palace are in 13th place on the table and has 38 points while Chelsea sit in 4th with 54 points after 31 matches.

The Blues started the game well, with Kai Havertz opening the rout at the 8 minute mark. Chelsea looked to have the game under control when they scored again and incerased their lead, thanks to a goal from Christian Pulisic, on 10 minutes to establish a 2-0. Chelsea then scored again and increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Kurt Zouma, 30 minutes in. The score at half time was 0-3.

Palace took the initiative in the second half, with Christian Benteke finding the net, on 63 minutes. In the end though, Chelsea secured the points emphatically, with a 2nd effort from Christian Pulisic after 78 minutes, leaving the final score at 4-1.

Both teams used all available substitutes. For Palace, Jeffrey Schlupp, James McCarthy and Andros Townsend, came on for Eberechi Eze, Jairo Riedewald and Jordan Ayew, Chelsea brought on N`Golo Kante, Reece James and Hakim Ziyech, to replace Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mateo Kovacic.

The referee booked Cheikhou Kouyate for Palace.

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