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Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

By Tom RostanceBBC Sport
Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona in the summer
  • Costa misses game through injury
  • Fabregas scores first Premier League goal since 2010
  • Both sides have men sent-off in first half
  • Chelsea unbeaten in league since April

Cesc Fabregas scored his first league goal for Chelsea as the Premier League leaders survived a late Crystal Palace fightback to maintain a five-point advantage over Manchester City.

The Blues shrugged off the absence of top scorer Diego Costa to open the scoring with a 25-yard Oscar free-kick.

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta and Palace's Damien Delaney were sent off before Fabregas finished a fine move.

Fraizer Campbell's late goal provided a scare but Jose Mourinho's men held on.

Campbell's goal arguably flattered a Palace side who looked dangerous on the break in the first half but were comprehensively outplayed from the moment Fabregas doubled Chelsea's lead.

Match facts
Cesc Fabregas has now been involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) in eight PL games for ChelseaTen different players have scored a Premier League goal for Chelsea this season; more than at any other club
Both of Oscar's Premier League goals this season have come in the opening seven minutes of gamesMile Jedinak (50) made the most passes for Palace. Six Chelsea players made more with Fabregas on top (123)

By that stage both sides had been reduced to 10 men, but neither Azpilicueta nor Delaney could have any real argument with referee Craig Pawson's decisions.

Mourinho's rivals would have hoped that the loss of Costa - who has been so impressive since joining from Atletico Madrid in the summer - to an undisclosed injury would have stalled the Blues, but although deputy Loic Remy was relatively quiet, goalscorers Fabregas and Oscar were in magnificent touch in midfield.

Oscar's strike was special, a swerving free-kick past Julian Speroni, but the home side briefly threatened to score the game's second goal despite Chelsea bossing possession.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea: Jose Mourinho praises Cesc Fabregas

Campbell got in behind a hesitant Gary Cahill before lobbing onto the roof of the net, and the former Sunderland man then turned Cahill again to flash a low shot across the face of Thibaut Courtois's goal.

But those were two isolated moments in a half controlled by Chelsea, as John Terry - captain for the 500th time - had a header cleared off the line by James McArthur.

A steady half then ignited in three minutes as Azpilicueta's heavy touch led him to clatter Mile Jedinak in front of Pawson, who had no choice but to dismiss the full-back.

Fabregas and Campbell were both booked for an altercation which saw the former pull the latter to the ground, and moments later Fabregas urged Pawson to show a second yellow card to Delaney.

Chelsea's leading appearances as captain
John Terry - 500 games
Ron Harris - 324 games
Dennis Wise - 298 games

The Republic of Ireland international had already been booked when he pulled Remy to the ground, for a soft but correct dismissal.

Warnock unhappy with officials

With 10 against 10 in the second half the leaders were well on top, and doubled their advantage with a fine second goal, described as 'scandalously good' by Mourinho after the game.

Fabregas played a one-two with Eden Hazard on the edge of the box before swiftly playing another with Oscar and slotting home his first Premier League goal in nearly four years.

Chelsea were then well on top until Wilfried Zaha powered through substitute Filipe Luis to cross for Campbell to sweep home.

But Chelsea were untroubled throughout stoppage time to keep hold of their advantage and unbeaten record at the top of the Premier League.

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Oscar scores a free-kick
Oscar has now scored three times in his past five Chelsea appearances
Palace v Chelsea
Tempers were frayed as players from both sides clashed in the aftermath of Cesar Azpilicueta's red card
Palace v Chelsea
Referee Craig Pawson also dismissed Palace defender Damien Delaney
Palace v Chelsea
Cesc Fabregas's last Premier League goal was against Chelsea - for Arsenal in December 2010


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Speroni
  • 34Kelly
  • 4Hangeland
  • 27DelaneyBooked at 43mins
  • 2Ward
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forGuédiouraat 69'minutes
  • 15Jedinak
  • 28LedleySubstituted forMariappaat 58'minutes
  • 42PuncheonSubstituted forZahaat 69'minutes
  • 10CampbellBooked at 41mins
  • 7Bolasie


  • 3Mariappa
  • 8Guédioura
  • 9Doyle
  • 11Zaha
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 29Chamakh


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 40mins
  • 21Matic
  • 4FàbregasBooked at 41mins
  • 22WillianSubstituted forFilipe Luísat 42'minutes
  • 8Oscar
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forSalahat 86'minutes
  • 18RemySubstituted forDrogbaat 90+1'minutes


  • 1Cech
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 5Zouma
  • 11Drogba
  • 12Mikel
  • 17Salah
  • 35Solanke
Craig Pawson

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Chelsea 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Chelsea 2.

  3. Post update

    Filipe Luis (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

  5. Post update

    Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces Loïc Remy.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Chelsea 2. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

  10. Post update

    Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Filipe Luis.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah replaces Eden Hazard.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Joel Ward tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

  19. Post update

    Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.