The Eagles, who were sprightly throughout, edged a lively first half that should have seen them awarded a penalty for Gary Cahill’s foul on Yannick Bolasie in the box. Chelsea’s only chance of note in the first half fell to Andre Schuerrle, who couldn’t convert Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross under pressure from Joel Ward
Palace’s moment came seven minutes into the second half when Ward’s cross was flicked over Petr Cech and into his own net by captain John Terry
Chelsea threw everything at Crystal Palace and came closest to scoring when Eden Hazard was denied by a fine reaction save from Julian Speroni. The home side were unlucky not to add to their lead when Jason Puncheon came a whisker away and Cameron Jerome hit the post
Ultimately, Chelsea lacked the guile to unlock a spirited Palace defence and while Palace celebrate a giant stride towards safety, Chelsea will be ruing a day when the title race swung in Manchester City and Liverpool’s favour.
18’ CHELSEA CHANCE - Chelsea break down the left through Azpilicueta, who leaves Mariappa in his wake and picks out Schuerrle, but the German can only stab it wide under pressure from Ward.
26’ PALACE CHANCE - Mariappa threads a pass through to Puncheon, whose powerfully drilled cross reaches Bolasie, who struggles to bring it under control before striking the side netting.
30’ PALACE PENALTY APPEAL – Big shouts for a penalty kick as Cahill goes through Bolasie and appears to foul the Palace forward. Nothing given, and the home fans are raging.
52’ GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea! Palace have the lead courtesy of a fine finish by John Terry! The Chelsea man flicks Ward’s cross into his own net.
62’ PALACE CHANCE – Jerome plays in Puncheon, whose shot whistles past the far post.
74’ CHELSEA CHANCE – Massive chance for Chelsea and it falls to star man Eden Hazard. The ball finds its way into the path of the Belgian 10 yards out, but Speroni is quick to narrow the angle and pulls off a fine reaction save.
75’ OFF THE POST! So nearly 2-0 Palace as Jerome skips through and goes one-on-one with Cech, but Jerome can only find the base of Cech’s post.
This was Crystal Palace’s first win over Chelsea since 1990, when Ian Wright scored the winning goal.
Going into this game, Palace had the worst record in London derbies of any Premier League club, winning just three points from seven capital clashes.
Having gone six games unbeaten away from home in the Premier League, Chelsea have now lost their last two on the spin.
Are Chelsea’s title hopes over? Not quite, but almost. This was a game Jose Mourinho’s side had to win to keep the pressure on Manchester City, but they and Liverpool are now one win away from leapfrogging the Blues.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) There were a few standout performers for Palace, with Adrian Mariappa the best of all of the heroes in the back line. But Puncheon’s verve, energy and desire to cause Chelsea problems meant he was the thorn in their side.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni 8, Mariappa 8, Dann 7, Delaney 7, Ward 8, Dikgacoi 7, Jedinak 7, Puncheon 9, Ledley 7, Bolasie 7. Subs: O’Keefe 7, Murray N/A, Parr N/A
CHELSEA: Cech 7, Ivanovic 7, Azpilicueta 7, Cahill 5, Terry 5, Matic 5, Luiz 6, Lampard 5, Schuerrle 5, Hazard 7, Torres 5. Subs: Oscar 7, Salah 7, Ba 5.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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