Crystal Palace have increased their chances of Premier League survival and blown the title race back open after beating Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Coming into the game, Chelsea had a ten point lead at the top of the table and had won their last ten home league games. Palace had won their last three but are still in a battle to preserve their Premier League status.
It looked like Chelsea were going to add another three points to their title challenge, after Cesc Fabregas put them 1-0 up in the fifth minute. At that point, it looked like Palace were in for a tough day.
However, the South London side have improved a lot recently and showed their fighting spirit to level the scores just four minutes later.
Wilfried Zaha picked up the ball, slotted it through the defence and into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. Just 90 seconds later, Christian Benteke netted his tenth league goal of the season as he chipped the ball over Thibaut Courtois to put the Eagles in front.
Chelsea controlled the game from that point on, but were unable to find an equaliser thanks to some solid defending and outstanding goalkeeping by Wayne Hennessey. The Welsh stopper has been the target of criticism at times this season but Twitter certainly loved him today.
Credit where credit is due. Hennessey, you were quality today. Man of the Match. #cpfc
— JF (@JF_1010) April 1, 2017
I’ve been a critic of Hennessey’s this season but he deserves a lot of credit for today, pulled off some top class saves.
— Matt (@Matt_CPFC) April 1, 2017
Me 6 weeks ago: Get Hennessey out of the club asap
Me today: Give Hennessey a new contract ?#CPFC
— Crystal Palace FC ? (@CpfcNews_) April 1, 2017
The current league leaders had 73% possession, 24 shots on goal and nine corners but the only stat that matters is the final scoreline. That read Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2 when the referee finally blew his whistle for full time at the end of ten minutes of stoppage time.
Palace fans are overjoyed at a victory which puts them closer to the top half of the table than they are to the relegation zone.
— Ian Agar (@IanAgar1) April 1, 2017
Omfg I cannot believe that Palace beat Chelsea today! Today is a good day #cpfc
— Duncan Shaw (@_linfortheWin) April 1, 2017
— Ewan Miller (@EwanJM) April 1, 2017
Crystal Palace. Have probably broken the news WORLD WIDE. PROUD PALACE FAN. @?❤️??❤️ #cpfc
— Alex Graham (@AlexGrahamCPFC) April 1, 2017
With Tottenham winning at Burnley, Chelsea’s lead has been decreased to seven points and some people believe the title race is now back on.
Maybe we have a Premier League race, after all. #CHECRY
— Eric Krakauer (@bigsoccerheadNY) April 1, 2017
The title race is not over yet. I repeat, THE TITLE RACE IS NOT OVER YET!! #checry
— Jeson khangembam (@Jeson08kh) April 1, 2017
— Mr RedDevil (@reevesdndlovu) April 1, 2017
The title race isn’t over. It will go down to the wire. #bbcfootball
— Trent__Alexander (@Junior__Agogo) April 1, 2017
The title race has been blown wide fuckin open ??
— SLY ? (@malshua) April 1, 2017
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena