Chelsea's title challenge suffered a setback as Crystal Palace boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a richly deserved win.

In a pulsating game, Palace played at a quicker tempo, displayed the greater quality and could easily have won by a bigger margin - John Terry's own goal from Joel Ward's teasing cross settling matters.

Chelsea win a fillip for Palace - Pulis

Even a point would have been a significant blow to a Blues side who remain top, one point clear of Liverpool and two clear of Manchester City, although Manuel Pellegrini's team have played two matches fewer than Chelsea.

The Eagles, playing in front of a sold-out and deafeningly loud Selhurst Park crowd, are now five points clear of the relegation zone after Cardiff's 3-3 draw with West Brom.

Chelsea can have no complaints after a performance lacking urgency and organisation, and characterised by misplaced passes from the off. It was in stark contrast to the display that blew away Arsenal in last week's London derby.

Fernando Torres did have an early close-range strike blocked and had a half-hearted appeal for a penalty turned down.

And Chelsea almost took the lead when a superb break on the left flank saw Cesar Azpilicueta's cross turned behind by a combination of Andre Schurrle and Ward.

Analysis

"This is Tony Pulis's best moment as Crystal Palace manager but one of the worst moments of John Terry's Chelsea career. It was a wretched day for him and Chelsea.

"Crystal Palace wanted it more, they were hungry and they deserved the win. Chelsea were second best and need to pick themselves up."

But Palace were the better side after a relatively quiet opening 20 minutes, defending deep and denying the visitors the space they so expertly exploited against the Gunners.

They were also increasingly threatening in attack, as Yannick Bolasie shot wide, Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech made a couple of good saves and Adrian Mariappa twice nearly set up goals with incisive runs down the left.

The first of these saw the full-back find Bolasie, who failed to set himself in time for the driven cross and made a mess of the follow-up shot.

Eagles boss Tony Pulis was then left flailing his arms in disbelief as his side failed to win a penalty when referee Lee Mason ignored Gary Cahill's clumsy charge into Cameron Jerome.

Pulis's counterpart Jose Mourinho was similarly animated, although his anger and copious note-taking was prompted by a poor, disjointed first-half performance.

The ineffective David Luiz was taken off at the break and replaced by fellow Brazilian Oscar but it did not spark a Chelsea improvement.

Chelsea title hopes over - Mourinho

Within seven minutes of the restart, the Eagles deservedly led when, under pressure from Joe Ledley, Terry headed Ward's left-wing cross into his own net.

Eden Hazard almost levelled within a couple of minutes with a curled effort that was superbly tipped wide by home goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

It was the signal for a final half-hour full of chances at either end.

Terry nearly made amends for his mistake with a header from a corner that went just over, while Frank Lampard was denied by Speroni, who brilliantly anticipated the England midfielder's strike.

But it was Palace who continued to pose the greater danger. Jason Puncheon's cross-shot drifted just wide, Jerome's thumping low shot hit the post, Ledley twice dragged efforts wide and Stuart O'Keefe had a shot tipped over.

The second goal ultimately proved unnecessary, although a terrible back-pass by O'Keefe almost gifted a Torres an equaliser before Palace saw out four minutes of injury time to secure the win.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis said:

"It's a very important result for us. Our results had dropped off, but the performances had been OK, but to beat Chelsea will give everyone a boost to push on for the last seven games.

Rare joy for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace had never previously beaten Chelsea in a Premier League match. They had drawn twice and lost seven times before this victory

"The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and that's why it's a great league. The top teams always have to play well or they can come unstuck.

"Chelsea are a fantastic club and it's a great result for us. We picked the team on Monday and just worked through it for four days. We had a few chances in the second half and I'm pleased we got through the game."

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Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 03 Mariappa Booked
  • 02 Ward
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 06 Dann Booked
  • 27 Delaney
  • 13 Puncheon Booked (Parr - 91' )
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 30 Jerome (Murray - 88' )
  • 28 Ledley
  • 07 Bolasie Booked (O'Keefe - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Parr
  • 05 McCarthy
  • 11 Ince
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 17 Murray
  • 26 Hennessey
  • 46 Bannan

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 21 Matic
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry Booked
  • 04 David Luiz (Oscar - 45' )
  • 08 Lampard (Salah - 56' )
  • 09 Torres
  • 14 Schürrle (Ba - 70' )
  • 17 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 11 Oscar
  • 12 Mikel
  • 15 Salah
  • 19 Ba
  • 22 Willian
  • 33 Kalas
  • 40 Hilario
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 25,166

Match Stats

Shots

14 21

On target

4 2

Corners

2 13

Fouls

10 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Chelsea 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Chelsea 0.

90:00 +0:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Parr replaces Jason Puncheon.

89:32 Booking

Booking Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

87:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray replaces Cameron Jerome.

87:08

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

86:38

Attempt blocked. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar with a cross.

86:23

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

83:09

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Cameron Jerome.

81:35

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

79:37

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Petr Cech.

79:30

Attempt saved. Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

78:01

Attempt saved. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

77:27

Attempt blocked. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

76:52

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:52

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

76:02 Booking

Booking Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:51

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:51

Foul by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace).

75:02

Attempt missed. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oscar.

74:10

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

73:30

Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Mile Jedinak following a fast break.

72:09

Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

72:08

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

72:05

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

69:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Yannick Bolasie.

69:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Demba Ba replaces André Schürrle.

64:07

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

62:47

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oscar with a cross following a set piece situation.

62:08

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:08

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

61:34

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cameron Jerome following a fast break.

59:46

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jason Puncheon.

56:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah replaces Frank Lampard.

55:31

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oscar.

54:42

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

54:39

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross.

53:42

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Frank Lampard with a cross following a corner.

53:29

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

53:24

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:22

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

52:22

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

51:08 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by John Terry, Chelsea. Crystal Palace 1, Chelsea 0.

50:20

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

49:58

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross.

49:13

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

48:30

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

47:13

Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Frank Lampard is caught offside.

47:02

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 0, Chelsea 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Oscar replaces David Luiz because of an injury.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Chelsea 0.

45:00 +1:11

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

45:00 +0:33

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

45:00 +0:28

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

44:12

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

43:02

Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

41:49

Foul by Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

41:49

Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:35

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

39:44

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Frank Lampard with a cross following a set piece situation.

39:16

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:16

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

38:59

Offside, Crystal Palace. Julian Speroni tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

38:22

Offside, Chelsea. Petr Cech tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

38:17

Attempt saved. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:43

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

36:35

André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:35

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

35:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:13

Delay in match Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

33:47

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

33:12

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

32:22

Attempt saved. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

31:12 Booking

Booking John Terry (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

31:07

Hand ball by John Terry (Chelsea).

27:36

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

27:33

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle.

25:44

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross.

24:38

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

21:50

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:50

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

19:28 Booking

Booking Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:15

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:15

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

15:42

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

15:42

Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:22

Delay in match David Luiz (Chelsea) because of an injury.

12:28 Booking

Booking Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

12:25

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:25

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

11:53

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Scott Dann.

11:50

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

7:47

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:47

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

7:20

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

7:20

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:50

Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

0:57

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:57

Foul by Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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