Zaha scores as Palace derail Chelsea at the Bridge

Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace came back from an early goal down to defeat Premier League leaders Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
  • Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2
  • Cesc opens the scoring
  • Zaha and Benteke turn it around
Match Summary
The Blues were ahead as early as the fifth minute after Eden Hazard picked out Cesc Fabregas at the near post, but the Eagles had a quick response through Wilfried Zaha, and went ahead soon afterwards with a cheeky finish from Christian Benteke. All the goals came in the first 11 minutes, and Palace were able to hold out for the win.

Full Report
It took just five minutes for the Blues to open the scoring, with Eden Hazard holding the ball up on the left side of the box with his twinkling Belgian toes before picking out Cesc Fabregas arriving at the near post to tuck it in.
But the Eagles reacted excellently to going behind and were level again just four minutes later through Wilfried Zaha, who latched onto a flick from Christian Benteke and fired into the bottom corner.
Chelsea’s changed defence, which suffered a rare disruption to the line-up as Pedro replaced Victor Moses at right-back, let in a second goal two minutes later. Benteke and Zaha were the protagonists again, with the defence struggling to pick up their movements, and Benteke finding the net with a lovely chipped finish after luring Thibaut Courtois to come out and commit himself.
Diego Costa came close to levelling for the Blues early in the second half, taking a cross from Pedro down on his chest and looking to hit it on the volley, Scott Dann was there with the block.

But the next chance fell to the visitors, and Chelsea had Courtois to thank for keeping them in the match when he denied Zaha with his legs after the Ivorian was slipped in by Benteke.
Chelsea did all they could to pull themselves level, but Palace did well to hold out for three points that take them further away from the drop zone while also opening up the race for the Premier League title.