Willian provides the spark as Antonio Conte’s side seal victory.
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
In the first half.
At 6th minute Kante latches onto a loose ball on the edge of the box, he forwards to Giroud and goal, but the Frenchman cannot get a touch on it and Hennessey makes a block to secure the early goal.
Again Chelsea put the pressure on the down the right, but hazard cannot find the way to cut the defense to goal after Zappacosta, cutback.
Chelsea probe at the palace line and Hazard tries to lift the ball over the defense for Fabregas but it skips off the surface for Hennessey to gather ahead of the Spaniard.
At 23rd min Willian lines up a striking form the long distance as he is afforded space and time 25-yard from goal. The shot goes over the bar, it was a good effort.
Then it happened at 25th min, a goal from Willian. The Eagles have paid the price for allowing the Brazilian room to shoot. Chelsea breaks the deadlock as Willian cut inside from left and his shot is deflected past Hennessey into the net.
Again at 30th min Zappacosta raids down the right and looks for a target in the middle. Giroud is late to arrive at the ball and can only loop a header straight at Hennessey from the Italian’ delivery.
Then Chelsea managed to score another one, unfortunately for the eagle as Kelly clears, however, it rebound off the body of Hennessey and back onto the defender before rolling into the bottom corner.
Chelsea opened up the palace backline with a flowing move as Giroud, Willian and hazard combine down the left. Hazard rolled a pass for Zappacosta, whose goalbound effort was deflected home.
Hazard 45th min goal was disallowed as he hammered the ball into the net for the blues but the whistle was blown for the offside.
Its been a one-sided contest as Chelsea manage to score double.
In the second half.
At 55th min, Hazard breaks into the final third collecting a flick-on from Giroud. However, his low strike is blocked by the feet of Hennessey.
Palace won a freekick in the 58th min but Milivojevic’ delivery is charged down the wall. Van Aanholt collects on the edge of the box and strikes a volley but Courtois manage to save that shot.
In 60th min Chelsea won a freekick, Willian curls his effort around the wall and ball drifts towards the bottom corner, but Hennessey gets down well to managed the save.
An 85th goal disallowed for Palace, clearly, it was not Sorloth’s day. He latches the on to a loose ball and hammers his strike past Courtois into the net, only referee to blow the whistle for a foul against Cahill by Rodewald.
It was a late goal for Palace at 90th min, Van Anholt scores, Palace opens up Chelsea with a neat move in the final third. The full-back takes a good first touch before he firing his effort between the legs of Courtois into the net.
One last chance for Palace, they build a good attack into final third, but Wan-Bissaka wastes the opening by sending his cross over the bar.
Whistle blew as Chelsea manage to beat Crystal Palace by 2-1.