Crystal Palace 01 Chelsea Kante goal secures Blues victory

first_imgN’Golo Kante scored his third goal of the season to help Chelsea grab all three points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst ParkDespite getting a brace in their Boxing Day win at Watford, Eden Hazard was moved back to his usual position in the wing for Chelsea with Olivier Giroud coming on for his sixth Premier League start of the season.The Blues struggled to translate their early dominance of the ball possession into goals and were nearly punished when Wilfried Zaha fell in the area from Antonio Rudiger’s challenge.Despite the hosts’ protests though, the former Manchester United winger was denied a spot-kick – much to the Blues’ relief.Kante and Rudiger later wasted chances to put Sarri’s side in front before Giroud latched onto Jorginho’s pass and shot a half-volley into the Palace goal.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea reacts to having his goal dissallowed during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)The French striker thought he had given Chelsea the lead only for the effort to be ruled out for offside as Chelsea continued to struggle in front of goal.Following a foul on Hazard, Willian later hit the outside of the post in a free-kick before forcing a fine save from Palace keeper Vicente Guaita with Ross Barkley clipping the post at the end of the first half.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.However, things quickly changed after the break with David Luiz’s fine pass finding Kante who controlled the ball and fired it past Guaita.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: N’golo Kante of Chelsea scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)Palace immediately attempted to respond but were unable to pose much of a threat to the Chelsea defence.Guaita, who was making his third successive start for Palace, later denied Willian again before Palace coach Roy Hodgson replaced Jeffrey Schlupp for Connor Wickham.Giroud was later denied another goal again through offside and was soon withdrawn for Alvaro Morata after sustaining an ankle problem.Ex-Schalke 04 midfielder Max Meyer later came on for Palace but couldn’t make an impact with Emerson and Mateo Kovacic making late cameos for Chelsea.In the end, Chelsea held on for a narrow 1-0 win to extend their lead over Arsenal to five points in the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)last_img

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