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Summary

  1. Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Campbell.
  2. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Match report

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas
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Premier League leaders Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the season but were made to battle for victory against Crystal Palace.

A brilliant Oscar free-kick and an equally impressive Cesc Fabregas strike ensured Jose Mourinho's men move five points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

Fraizer Campbell scored late on to give the hosts a deserved reward for their spirited performance against a team which dominated possession and territory throughout.

Both teams were forced to play the second half with 10 men as Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta and Palace's Damien Delaney were dismissed in two separate incidents.

Azpilicueta was the first to see red, the defender punished for a late two-footed challenge on Mile Jedinak in the 40th minute. Three minutes later, Delaney received his second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Loic Remy.

Palace boss Neil Warnock remonstrated with referee Craig Pawson at half-time as the pair walked towards the tunnel and the Yorkshireman's ire had not quelled at the final whistle.

Chelsea coped the better with reduced personnel, masterfully retaining possession as Fabregas and Oscar dictated play. At times, the second half resembled a training ground exercise.

In the first half, Campbell's pace had posed the Chelsea defence problems, but the hosts' threat diminished after Delaney's dismissal and hopes of recording a second successive league victory over the Blues receded once Fabregas doubled Chelsea's advantage.

It was a 1-0 defeat at Palace in March which derailed Chelsea's title challenge last season, but Jose Mourinho has said he has since learned his lesson and the statistics back up his argument.

The Blues have won nine and drawn two of their last 11 league matches and even without Diego Costa - the Premier League leading scorer was injured while on international duty - they posed enough of a threat to see off Palace.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:

"My team had a fantastic performance. From minute one we did what we want to do, have the ball, use the ball and control the game. After that comes the red cards. And 10 against 10 with the qualities we have was even easier for us.

"The second goal was a scandal. It is unbelievably good!

"Against Palace it is never finished until the last seconds. They scored and the situation becomes dangerous for us.

"I have no complaints for the red card. It was very far from me and my focus was not on if it was a red, it was on how to reorganise my team."

Cesc Fabregas
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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas: "We played a great second half especially for 10 against 10. Oscar's fantastic goal helped us and after the break it was a completely different game. It was a solid performance.

"Palace were man marking me in the first half so it was difficult for me to get into space but 80% of the game was ours. I play deeper now so it will not be a party every game for me. I will go five or six games without a goal or an assist at times and I am more proud about our discipline.

"Do we feel invincible? This is a joke. Arsenal went unbeaten in 2003-4, that will never happen again."

Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

"There was lots of fight and character from Palace. They work extremely hard and are organised and will be fine this season. And Chelsea? Well, they just roll on don't they."

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

Neil Warnock waves his players away from the referee. The Crystal Palace manager looks like he is about to combust. Referee Craig Pawson, flanked by his assistants, is waiting for the Palace boss to disappear down the tunnel before leaving the pitch.

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

Mohamed Salah skips toward the left touchline... Chelsea keeping possession... the full-time whistle blows.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

Neil Warnock bellowing instructions from the sidelines but Chelsea have the ball... A free-kick inside their own half.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

We're into injury time and Palace fans are urging their team forward.

Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

"That's a good finish. Campbell got behind the Chelsea backline and just knocks in a wonderful ball. It really picked him out, and the ball was put into an empty net. And there's some time still to go..."

GOAL

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea - Fraizer Campbell

A simple tap-in for Fraizer Campbell as he connects with Wilfried's Zaha cross from the right. Palace couldn't, could they?

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Loic Remy with a shot from distance. The Frenchman has not been as lethal as Diego Costa, but he has not had any chance of note.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Eden Hazard's day is done as Mohamed Salah is introduced. Palace fans still in full song even though the match is fizzling out to an unspectacular end.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

A spirited five minutes from Palace. The hosts patiently make their way into the Chelsea half but a poor ball from Mile Jedinak ruins the move.

Eight minutes to go

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Palace causing Chelsea problems, but a perfectly-timed tackle from Gary Cahill in the box sniffs out the danger.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Quick footwork from Wilfried Zaha as he cleverly gets out of a cul de sac with two Chelsea defenders breathing down on him. But there winger's adrenalized cross goes out for a throw-in in the opposite touchline.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Nothing much to report. Cesc Fabregas cleanly wins the ball in a sliding tackle. It could have been a second yellow for the former Barcelona man had he got it wrong. But he didn't so we move on.

Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

"The sendings off have had more of a negative effect on Palace than Chelsea. Chelsea are so well drilled that they just know how to move into various systems and adapt the way they play. Being down to 10 men has had no discernable dramatic impact on them."

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Applause from the home fans for Adlene Guedioura as he brings Wilfried Zaha into the match. But Yannick Bolasie messes up Palace's most promising move of the match.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Oscar dancing toward the box and forces Julian Speroni to dive low to his left. The Brazilian would have been celebrating his second of the match had the goalkeeper not been alert in the face of enemy fire.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Eden Hazard
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Mile Jedinak takes a swipe at Oscar's heels, which gives the visitors a chance to regroup and mount another attack. To the left they go, where Eden Hazard is lurking. The Belgian cuts in and is a fraction wide from finding the far post.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Even with Palace back to 10-men, normal service resumes as the visitors bully the hosts by keeping hold of the ball

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Finally! Marin Kelly boots out the ball which means Adlene Guedioura can replace the injured James McArthur.

It's a double substitution as Wilfried Zaha comes on for Jason Puncheon. We're back to 10 versus 10.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

There's more hope of fish learning to climb trees than Palace coming back from here because Chelsea are masterful.

Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

"This is the way Chelsea play at home, where they just knock the ball around, keep possession and wait for an opportunity to open up. Palace are just sitting deep in their own half. They need to make changes, and quick."

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

The hosts have possession! But they refuse to kick the ball into touch, which means Palace are still with only the nine men. Incredible.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea retaining possession while the opposition are reduced to nine men. The ball sticking like glue to yellow-shirted players as Adlene Guedioura looks on from the sidelines.

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Cesc Fabregas
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Hashim Albahbahani: Saw the replay again of that Cesc Fabregas goal and I could see it a million times again. Beautiful football.

Kamso Obi: Fabregas is becoming a bigger embarrassment for Arsene Wenger with every passing week.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

James McArthur hobbles off, the midfielder seemed to twist his ankle when under no pressure from anyone in particular. Adlene Guédioura is set to replace him but, for the moment, Palace have been reduced to nine men.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Loic Remy evades his defender and sets Cesc Fabregas loose down the left. The Spaniard with another dreamy pass, but Eden Hazard is a fraction late arriving in the box.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Crystal Palace's players not getting a sniff as Chelsea spray the ball around as if they're in a training session. Oh. A mistake from John Terry, but Thiabaut Courtois clears the danger before Fraizer Campbell can react.

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Vishak: An all-in-all Cesc Fabregas goal that. Cheeky one-two and simple finish.

Jared Moabe: When it's about Fabregas, it's always special. What a goal.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea content to play it out from the back, hoping to kill off the opposition through a thousand passes.

Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

"If anyone thinks Palace might struggle in the Premier League this season, think again. They have more than enough to be more than comfortable this campaign."

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

Jason Puncheon and Frazier Campbell combine nicely on the right to set Joe Ledley free. The Welshman finds Yannick Bolasie on the right wing and a cross from the overlapping Joel Ward calls John Terry into action. Corner Palace. Nice play.

Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at Selhurst Park, BBC Radio 5 live

"Magnificent piece of play from Chelsea for the goal, and all of a sudden Fabregas finds himself in acres of space one-on-one. And Fabregas did Speroni with his eyes. It's taken a while, but you do now feel this game is done and dusted. But Palace, under Neil Warnock, will keep on going - they've got hunger and they've got fight."

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

For possession, there's only one team in this and Palace have yet to enter the Chelsea end in this half.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea

And 10-man Chelsea can surely now start to relax against 10-man Palace, who aren't defending as tigerishly in this half.

By the way, Fabregas last scored in the Premier League in Arsenal colours, against Chelsea. The Spaniard scoring in a 3-1 win on 27 December 2010.

GOAL

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea - Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas
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A beautifully-crafted goal. Cesc Fabregas plays a one-two with Eden Hazard on the edge of the box and then with Oscar before placing the ball into the bottom corner for his first Premier League goal for Chelsea.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has removed his overcoat which suggests the temperature has risen in south London. Eden Hazard in the thick of things at the start of this half.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea spraying the ball around the pitch without making their way to the final third. Cesc Fabregas with a shot from distance... into the stand it goes.