Crystal Palace pulled off a shock 1-0 English Premier League win over league leaders Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday to throw the title race wide open. The first ten minutes of the game was a bit mellow as both teams were holding back. Finally Fernando Torres attempted to take a shot at goal which was blocked in the 12th minute.
The first booking of the day went to Yannick Bolasie for a bad foul. The game later got delayed because of an injury to David Luiz in the 14th minute. Yet another yellow card was issued for a bad foul to Jason Puncheon. 25 minutes into the game and Bolasie missed a shot at goal and a minute later he missed another chance at a opening goal.
Torres’s attempt at goal was blocked after he tried a left footed shot before a hand ball saw John Terry getting a yellow. Blows were taken by both teams but come the end of the first half the teams went back in the locker rooms without any goals. The second half started off with a substitution by Blues boss Jose Mourinho when Oscar replaced Luiz due to injury. Palace’s defence proved a challenge as they denied Chelsea shots at goal in the 48th minute. 52 minutes into the game saw an own goal from Chelsea captain John Terry and the score was finally 1-0.
Chelsea came back fighting as a goal attempt by Eden Hazard was saved and soon after Terry’s header missed in the 55th minute. Jason Puncheon missed a goal attempt for the Eagles before Terry missed yet another header from an Oscar cross following a set piece in the 63rd minute. Demba Ba replaced Andre Schurrle and Tony Pulis brought on Stuart O’Keefe for Bolasie but there would be no difference to the score line. Crystal Palace held on for a famous victory as Manchester City and Liverpool would have been licking their lips.