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Summary

  1. Eden Hazard returns for Chelsea
  2. Crystal Palace chasing fourth straight win

Live Reporting

By Chris Bevan

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha is signing autographs for Chelsea fans. What a man. He was brilliant today. Unstoppable and full of tricks... all the Palace team deserve credit, though. What a shift they put in.

It's been quite an afternoon.  For reaction from Stamford Bridge, head here.

For a developing match report, head here  instead.

FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Amazing scenes at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea have not been beaten since 16 September - until now. 

Palace are celebrating on the pitch and in the stands.

FULL-TIME - Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

The leaders are beaten! At home too!

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

But Wayne Hennessey comes running out to punch clear. A whistle goes, the Palace fans celebrate, but this isn't over... it was an offside.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

How much longer will this game go on? Chelsea are on the attack again and have a free-kick, 40 yards out. The keeper is up...

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Another Chelsea cross comes in but Pedro is offiside... Palace have the free-kick.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Seconds left for Palace to hold out. They have defended brilliantly today.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

How's this for a late sub - Ruben Loftus-Cheek is coming on for Cesc Fabregas. We have had seven minutes of stoppage time, but still this game goes on.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

A chance for Palace to wrap it up... they work the ball out wide from a free-kick and the ball comes back to Wilfried Zaha in front of goal after his back-heel opens Chelsea up... the goal is gaping, but he cannot find the target from about 10 yards out.

About three minutes of stoppage time to go, by my reckoning.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Michy Batshuayi has not done much since coming on for Chelsea, but he wins a corner here after trying to twist past Martin Kelly... there will be seven minutes of added time at the Bridge, and we have played two of them.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Mamadou Sakho needs treatment. Diego Costa is keen that referee Craig Pawson stops his watch.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Time running out for Chelsea. Diego Costa gets on the end of a Cesc Fabregas ball into the box, but his header flies over.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Here come Chelsea again, with lots of men forward. Wayne Hennessey pushes away Cesc Fabregas's shot, for his 11th save of the game, but the ball is still spinning around the Palace box - anywhere will do - and it does. The Eagles clear.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

David Luiz has got away with a couple of late tackles in the last few minutes but goes in the book this time after grabbing hold of Christian Benteke's shirt.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Amazing scenes in the Palace box. Diego Costa looks like turning the ball home after the ball is deflected into his path  inside the box, but Mamadou Sakho somehow clears it before he can let fly. Then Willian flashes in a peach of a cross that nobody can get on the end of. Chelsea are getting desperate here.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Palace make a mess of the resulting free-kick, however, and are grateful to Mamadou Sakho for making a brilliant sliding block to stop Chelsea's swift break from reaching Diego Costa in front of goal.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Another booking - Gary Cahill stops Wilfried Zaha from sprinting away from him by bringing him down. That's probably the only way to stop Zaha today.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Chelsea bend in another cross, and this time Diego Costa gets on the end of it after grappling with Mamadou Sakho... but his header bounces wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Chelsea are going to try something different - we have not seen much of their £33m striker Michy Batshuayi this season, but he is on for Marcos Alonso.

He has at least 15 minutes to make a difference... there will be quite a lot of stoppage time too, after that injury to Scott Dann.

'Who knows?'

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

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Palace are on the front foot there... Spurs winning (0-1 v Burnley) and Chelsea losing - who knows? This title race might not be over. 

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Luka Milivojevic joins Palace team-mate Christian Benteke in the book, after impeding Willian. It is Willian who takes the resulting free-kick, but cannot keep his shot down.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Another Palace free-kick, another Palace chance. This time Damien Delaney meets Yohan Cabaye's delivery at the back post and heads it back towards Christian Benteke, who cannot quite make proper contact under pressure... and the ball loops high and wide.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Chelsea have put in 21 crosses from open play today, but not many of them have found a blue shirt. Palace continue to defend doggedly when the home side come forward, and always seem to have a man in the right place to head clear.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Palace striker Christian Benteke cleans out Gary Cahill after chasing him down by the left-hand touchline. That looks like a booking... and it is.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Speaking of which, Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye bends in a wicked free-kick from the left. Nobody gets on the end of it, but it bounces only a yard or two wide.

Willian takes over at right wing-back

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Willian has taken over from Pedro in the right wing-back role for Chelsea and is already making an impact, flinging in a couple of dangerous crosses. 

Palace clear them both, but this is going to be a long 25 minutes or so for Sam Allardyce's men... unless they do nick a third of course.

GREAT SAVE!

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Chelsea need an equaliser, as you know. Instead they are almost 3-1 down - how important will this save by Thibaut Courtois prove to be?

When play resumes, Palace break clear and Wilfried Zaha charges in on goal... only to see Courtois throw out a leg to divert his shot around the post.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Scott Dann is being carried off, to be replaced by Damien Delaney. Martin Kelly is also on, for Andros Townsend, and I think they are going to play with three centre-halves.

Chelsea have also made a change - Willian is on for Nemanja Matic.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Looking at the replays, Diego Costa accidentally caught Scott Dann with his follow-through after swiveling to shoot. The Palace defender twisted something - his ankle - I think as he went down too.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Palace are hanging on for dear life here... Pedro finds Diego Costa with a peach of a cross, but Scott Dann throws his body in the way of Costa's shot and injures himself in the process. It does not look good for the Palace defender, who has only been on since the start of the second half.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Another Chelsea chance, but Wayne Hennessey makes another key intervention... this time he races off his line to block as Diego Costa stretches for a loose ball inside the box. If not for the Palace keeper, Costa was the favourite to put that one away.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Palace striker Christian Benteke takes on half the Chelsea team on his own but loses out, and here come the home side. 

Diego Costa races clear and checks back to create more space, but his shot is blocked, and Palace survive again.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Diego Costa catches Mamadou Sakho late after lunging for the ball. A first booking of the afternoon by referee Craig Pawson.  

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Cesc Fabregas has pushed up alongside Diego Costa as Chelsea probe for weaknesses.

They have not found any yet - Eden Hazard got in a cross that found Diego Costa at the back post but he was back-pedalling to reach it, and could not generate any power with his header, that Wayne Hennessey collects.

KICK-OFF

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Palace get the second half started. They have made a change at the break - James Tomkins is injured so Scott Dann is on instead.

Palace lead at the break

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

It's been an excellent first 45 minutes in the west London sunshine.

Leaders Chelsea made the perfect start... but Palace quickly replied - twice - and Wayne Hennessey has protected their lead brilliantly since then.

Palace making their shots count

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

There will be two minutes of added time at the end of the first half. Chelsea have had eight efforts on target so far, but they are behind to Palace, who have scored with both of theirs.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

It is Chelsea who are ending this half on the attack, though. Cesar Azpilicueta's powerful strike flashes over, before Wayne Hennessey has to tip over a Nemanja Matic header from a free-kick.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

Some respite for Palace... and almost more than that. Andros Townsend sends over a deep corner from the right and James Tomkins is allowed to meet it at the back post. He heads back across goal, and also over the bar... but the ball flicks the roof of the net on its way down - that wasn't far away.

Hennessey the hero

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

As soon as I write that, Chelsea find a way through.

First Marcos Alonso finds space down the left of the Palace area and fizzes in a low cross-shot that Wayne Hennessey gets something on to stop a Blue shirt from reaching it.

Then Eden Hazard bursts into the box down the right, but Hennessey blocks his shot at his near post... and then the Palace keeper gets down well to push away Nemanja Matic's low effort from distance.