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- Kelly (o.g.)32'
Chelsea - Crystal Palace
Premier League - 10 March 2018
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FULL TIME. Chelsea have the three points. It ended up much more stressful than we'd have thought five minutes ago, but it was a decent enough performance. They're still in fifth, and are two behind Spurs. Palace, stronger in the finish, remain in 18th.
Morata and Zappacosta are trying to run down the clock in the corner.
There will be three minutes of added time.
- GoalPatrick van AanholtCrystal Palace
GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Palace. Van Aanholt scores - With a minute to go Zaha finds Van Aanholt on the overlap to his left. He steams into the box, attacking the space, and slips a shot past a diving Courtois.
Zaha's cross from the left just evades McArthr and Sorloth is too far away.
- OffEden HazardChelsea
- OnTiemoué BakayokoChelsea
Fabregas and Hazard replaced by Bakayoko and Pedro. Two minutes of normal time left.
- Yellow cardJames TomkinsCrystal Palace
Tomkins and Morata are booked for being unruly with one another.
A bit of aggro between Alonso, Tomkins and Zappacosta in the box, but they're all friends again after a stern talking to. Sorloth smashes the ball into the net when the free kick is taken finally, but the ref gives a foul against Reidewald.
- OffAndros TownsendCrystal Palace
- OnChung-Yong LeeCrystal Palace
Lee on for Townsend.
A break ends with Willian finding Hazard with a crossfield pass, who lays it back to Morata, and he drives a shot, deflected wide, at goal.
Chelsea are giving Palace the ball for as long as they want it in safe positions, and they are now ready to hit on the break.
The game is drawing to a limp end, it seems. Palace don't have the gumption to force Chelsea into a panic.
- OffJeffrey SchluppCrystal Palace
- OnJairo RiedewaldCrystal Palace
Riedewald comes on for Schlupp.
- OffOlivier GiroudChelsea
- OnÁlvaro MorataChelsea
Giroud off, Morata on.
Hazard is fouled by McArthur as he drives down the middle of the pitch. He's lucky to escape a booking.
Hazard lays the ball off to Alonso to his left as Chelsea steam forward. The full-back clips in a first-time cross for Giroud, who sends a side-footed effort against the post.
A Palace corner is glanced away from danger, but Palace keep the ball.
Willian reaches a crossfield pas on the right, and Giroud heads just over the bar. Moments before, a tumbling Zappacosta shot at goal, an effort blocked close to goal.
Willian curls a shot over the wall from a free kick about 25 yards out, and Hennessey has to leap to his left to beat it away.
- Yellow cardPatrick van AanholtCrystal Palace
Van Aanholt gets himself a booking for tripping Hazard, who was darting away from the defender.
The free kick comes out to Van Aanholt, and his well-struck shot is straight at Courtois.
Zaha is clipped on the edge of the box by Zappacosta, and there's a hopeful cheer from the Palace fans, perhaps wishing a penalty will come their way.
Hennessey fumbles over a cross from Zappacosta, bouncing just in front of him, and he grabs it at the second attempt under no pressure.
Hazard is slipped in behind the defence by Giroud, but Hennessey rushes out and beats away his shot.
Palace are passing the ball about quite happily for now. Chelsea are probably content to just protect their lead.
Willian drives forward, swaps passes with Giroud, and he drills a shot at goal that is blocked and behind for a corner.
Conte and Hodgson have some classic managerial banter on the sidelines as they almost walk into each other. Hi-larious stuff.
Sorloth is sent clean through on goal and he crshes his effort against the post. A warning for Chelsea who have been intensely flappable so far this year.
- OffChristian BentekeCrystal Palace
- OnWilfried ZahaCrystal Palace
We go again. Benteke replaced by Zaha.
- End of 1st Half
That's half time. See you in 15 (FIFTEEN) minutes.
Willian flicks the ball to Hazard, who dinks it wide to Giroud in the box, and it looks as if his shot is destined for the goal before being deflected wide. The ball then is delivered into the box from the left, and Hazard turns in a spilled shot, and is flagged for offside. Two chances go begging.
Kelly brings Hazard down in the corner, betraying his frustration, but nothing comes of the free kick.
Willian and Azpilicueta team up on the edge of the box, but the Spaniard can't get the ball through to Giroud in the box.
Palace have a rare moment in Chelsea's half before running the ball out of play.
Tomkins recovers to slide in on Willian in the box, and concedes a corner.
Giroud strains to reach a cross from Zappacosta. His header goes into the air, and as it returns to the ground Alonso smacks a volley at goal which is deflected wide for a corner.
Chelsea try to Arsenal their way through the Palace box but overplay things and the ball is cleared.
Chelsea are sat in Palace's half, keeping possession easily for now.
- Own-goalMartin KellyCrystal Palace
GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace. Kelly scores an own goal - Hazard darts into pace down the left, the ball comes to Zappacosta on the other flank. He sidefoots a shot at goal, and the ball ricochets between Hennessey and the defender before bouncing into the net.
Giroud meets a cross from the back post, and it's glanced wide.
Christensen back-passes to Courtois, and the Chelsea defence calmly play themselves out of trouble.
Palace are sitting back with Chelsea largely in control.
GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace. Willian scores - He cuts in from the left, and takes advantage of some space to fire in a low shot. It takes a deflection and creeps inside the near post.
Chelsea work a short corner back and towards Willian, waiting 30 yards out, and he curls a shot well over the bar.
Van Aanholt is down and grimacing, receiving treatment, after sliding to put the ball behind for a corner as Zappacosta was closing in.
Willian turns towards goal on the edge of the box, but the ball is slapped away by a defender.
Under pressure from Hazard, Van Aanholt nods back to his keeper to clear up the danger.
Fabregas takes a corner from the left wing for Chelsea, and Hennessey flaps it down and claims at the second attempt.
A low cross from Alonso flies into the box and out again.
Marcos Alonso attacks down the left, and wins a corner. It comes to Zappacosta for another cross from the right - it's cleared. Zappacosta receives it again on the right, and his low cross drilled into the box is claimed by a diving Hennessey.
Palace go close now. Townsend has a volley with his left foot loop towards goal and onto the top netting. It was sweetly struck but a yard or two over.
From distance, Kante flings a clipped effort at goal that Giroud spins and helps on its way, but Hennessey is on hand to flap it away.
Another cross from the right from Zappacosta, it loops into the box with a deflection and is cleared, but he comes back with another to win a corner.
Benteke has two bites at a cross to the back post, heading into the air and then slicing a volley. Chelsea rush fowards with it.
Costa has room for a cross from the right, he picks out Giroud, and from the near post, he loops a header wide of the far post.
Hazard picks out Willian to let him sprint down the right, and his cross is fumbled away for now.
Kante fouls McArthur close to Palace's box, and concedes a free kick.
- 1st Half
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Palace welcome back Wiflried Zaha. He was expected to be out for a long period of time, but is now back in action. Let's hope it is not a premature return.
Good news for Chelsea, possibly. Antonio Conte has stopped experimenting with Eden Hazard up front, and will give Olivier Giroud a chance in attack. The rest of the side is your standard Chelsea team.
Palace are in the bottom three, in 18th, but a big enough win could see them go as high as 13th, because everyone from seventh down is still in a relegation scrap.
Chelsea are five points behind fourth, so a win would be able to cut the gap to two points. Spurs, above them, would then have a game in hand to reassert themselves, but it gives them the chance to put some pressure on.
TEAMS: Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Ampadu, Bakayoko, Emerson, Moses, Pedro, Morata. /// Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Benteke, Sorloth. Subs: Cavalieri, Sakho, Souare, Fosu-Mensah, Riedewald, Lee, Zaha.
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