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Crystal Palace’s Win Over Chelsea Sends Shockwaves Through The Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena

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