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Chelsea - Crystal Palace (Compositions)11-03-2018
Chelsea, who celebrated today 113 years since its inception, ended his series of three consecutive games without success, defeating 2-1 Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Villian (25 `) has shown that he is in a very good shape before the rematch with Barcelona from the 1/8-finals of the Champions League and has opened the score. Martin Kelly (32 `? ) Scored his own goal for 2:0, and Patrick van Anholt returned one goal at the very end. With today`s success, Chelsea came close to two points behind Tottenham, who is tomorrow at Bournemouth. Olivier Girou and H `Golo Kante started out as hosts. Gary Cahill also returned to the center of defense, but Antonio Rüdiger was not in the band for today. Roy Hodgson did not make any changes compared to Manchester United at the start of the week. Wilfred Zaha and Mamadou Sako, however, returned to the group as the wing came into play for the start of the second half.
The champions dominated totally in the first part. Villai, who was once again one of the most active players in Antonio Cotete`s selection, opened the score in the 25th minute after a penalty kick from the penalty area and a Tomkins ricochet. This was the fifth goal for the Brazilian in his last five games. Seven minutes later the hosts organized a great attack. Alonso centered low to the left, Villian missed the ball that came to Azar. The Belgian dropped to Dzapakosta. He shoots, Kelly tries to clear, but the ball rises to Hennessy, and then returns back to the defender`s path that marked his own goal.
At the very end of the first half, Girus miraculously missed a third goal after he got from Azar and shot to the empty door, but Tomkins threw a sword and a little happily managed to clear the goal. A corner followed, after which Azar scored a goal that was correctly canceled for ambush. At the very beginning of the second half, the guests missed to reduce. Christensen mistaken and gave Chelloot the chance to shoot close, but the ball met the beam. In the 51st minute, Tomkins again intervened decisively in defense after blocking Vilian`s shot from the goal line.
In the 60th minute, Villian did a very good foul, he transferred the technical wall, but Hennessy managed to kill. Seven minutes later, Giu was not lucky again when a nice hit of his shot hit the beam.
Five minutes before the end, Serholot sent the ball to Kurtóa`s goal but was not honored because there was a signal of an offense before. However, repetitions did not prove that there was a foul. In the 90th minute Crystal Palace reduced, giving even more weight to this controversial decision. Zaha scored well and returned to Anholt, who fired under the finish line of Courtois for the final 2:1. Chelsea is in fifth place while Pallas is in the relegation zone, at a point on the rescue shore.
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