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Match Report: Wilfred Zaha Heroics Propel Crystal Palace to Shock Win Over Chelsea

London minnows Crystal Palace dug in deep and clinched for themselves a huge win against their richer neighbours Chelsea on Saturday after the Eagles defeated the Blues in front of their fans at Selhurst Park.

A Cesar Azpilicueta own goal as well as a brilliant shot from former Manchester United star Wilfried Zaha were all the things it took to down Chelsea for the count, despite summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko managing to etch himself on the scoreboards as well.

Chelsea have now suffered two defeats on the trot after they lost to Manchester City 1-0 two weeks ago before the international break. They are now currently in fourth place with 13 points, just ahead of fifth-place Arsenal by virtue of goal difference – although the Gunners have a game in hand.

Crystal Palace kicked off the game and appeared to have everything under control. Chelsea soon found themselves on the defence after close calls from Zaha as well as Patrick van Aanholt. All that early-game pressing quickly paid off after striker Jeffrey Schlupp scored with a deflection off Azpilicueta. The goal, however, will count as an own goal.

Chelsea would quickly respond with Bakayoko pouncing on a lovely corner kick by Cesc Fabregas. The former Monaco midfielder scored the equaliser for Chelsea at the 18th minute.

Just before the half-time break, however, it was Wilfred Zaha who would make his presence felt at Selhurst Park. The pacey winger slithered past Chelsea’s defence with gusto and slotted the ball home past Thibault Courtois towards the back of the net.

Palace would then be able to keep that lead despite opposition from Chelsea’s charges. Fabregas came close at the 50th minute but only managed to hit the woodwork. Blues wizard Eden Hazard also got a chance to score but couldn’t control the ball well inside the box.

Despite Chelsea’s efforts, they failed to find an equaliser, leading to Crystal Palace’s first ever win this season. Have the Eagles finally turned things around? Their fans would definitely hope so.

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