Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace (03.05.2015) Live Commentary

The game hasn’t been extremely attractive, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides. The hosts were controlling the game most of the time. Short passing and possession, that was the style of the home side. The visiting side tried to hit their opposition on the break.
Nothing more will happen in this game because it is over.
Substitution. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) walks off the pitch and Filipe Luis (Chelsea) comes on as a substitute.
The corner, delivered by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace), is intercepted by Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea).
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Crystal Palace are going to take it.
We will have 2 min. of added time.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
What a goal-scoring opportunity! Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) makes a good run into the box to collect a killer pass and slams the ball on goal, but the shot is blocked by the defender with an amazing slide tackle. The ball goes out-of-play. Crystal Palace have been awarded a corner kick.
The corner from Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) is intercepted by the defence.
Attempted cross from Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) is cleared. The ball is out-of-play and Crystal Palace manage to earn a corner.
17:8 – this is the total number of shots produced by both teams.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) tries his luck and takes a shot from inside the box. His effort on goal is blocked by a defender.
It’s time for a substitution. That is the last involvement from Willian (Chelsea), and he is replaced by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) blows a clear opportunity to score a goal. He was one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) inside the six-yard box and attempted to put the ball into the middle of the target, but was denied with a great save. Crystal Palace earn a corner.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) slides a brilliant pass to Didier Drogba (Chelsea), who takes a shot from inside the box but it goes by a whisker wide of the right post.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) spurns a big chance. He received a brilliant pass and blazed the ball over the bar by a whisker.
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Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea) is caught offside!
Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) will be replaced by Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace).
It looked like a long-range shot, unleashed by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace), would end up inside the net, but the effort goes painfully wide of the right post. The goalkeeper was quite lucky this time.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) delivers a low pass into the box which is intercepted.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) sends a poor cross from the corner and Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) has no trouble to gather it.
John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. Now Chelsea with a corner.
Alan Pardew has decided to make a change. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) replaces Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace).
Substitution. Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) on for Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).
John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) gets on the end of a pass on the edge of the penalty area and finishes to the middle of the goal. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) pulls off an easy save.
Willian (Chelsea) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) was close to scoring after he unleashed a powerful shot which went by a whisker wide of the left post.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) and Gary Cahill (Chelsea) matched up again to find some space for an unmarked teammate.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Chelsea are showcasing great team work and neat passing move.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
Jose Mourinho has decided to make a substitution during the half-time break. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) comes on the pitch for Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea).
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many breathtaking situations, but there is still space for improvement in the second half. The visitors played second fiddle to the home squad in the first half. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The strategy of the visitors is counter-attacking.
That’s all for the first half. The referee blows his whistle, and players are heading into their locker rooms.
Kevin Friend pulls out a yellow card to show it to Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) for a tough tackle.
2 additional min. will be played.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) is first to latch on the rebound near the penalty spot, and he produces a fantastic header which goes inside the right post.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wastes a penalty kick! His effort wasn’t accurate enough and it only ends in the goalkeeper’s gloves.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) will take the responsibility and he is already preparing the ball.
James McArthur (Crystal Palace) was trying to get to the ball but hit the legs of the opponent as well. Kevin Friend blows the whistle for infingement. Chelsea are about to take a penalty!
Half-chance! Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) plays a pass into the box, but Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) reacts well to thwart the attack.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
The main referee Kevin Friend awards John Terry (Chelsea) a yellow card.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) unleashes a shot towards the goal, but his effort isn’t precise at all and it flies high over the bar.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) skips past his man but can’t keep the ball in play.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) produces a long-range cannon of a shot after a nice pass. The ball goes in the direction of the middle of the goal, but it is easily stopped by a save from Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace), and the score doesn’t change.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) should calm his temper, this was too much! He robbed the opponent of the ball, but Kevin Friend calls for a foul.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) is moving again okay after that injury scare.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) picked up an injury.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) finds himself free inside the box and pulls the trigger, but his effort is brilliantly thwarted by one of the defending players.
Yellow card! It’s like Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) was asking for a caution with his behaviour. Kevin Friend agrees and books him.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea) takes the mid-range free kick and sends it to the roof of the net, but his attempt is denied by the goalkeeper.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) jumps into tackle, but Kevin Friend blows his whistle for a foul. Chelsea earn a free kick which can lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is first to the rebound but his shot is blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition. Chelsea have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) with a teasing cross into the area, but Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) intercepts the ball.
Kevin Friend shows the yellow card to Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) for a heavy challenge.
Willian (Chelsea) trips an opposition player, and Kevin Friend signals a foul.
Willian (Chelsea) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace) was offside, and the assistant referee saw it and raised his flag.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) fizzes over a cross which can’t cause any danger.
Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) collects a pass and has an effort from 28 metres out, but it flies just over the crossbar.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) is trying to pass the ball into the penalty area but it’s blocked.
Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Kevin Friend keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) is flagged for offside.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) has a shot blocked from inside the box.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) will deliver the corner kick.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear. Crystal Palace get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked.
The corner from Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) is hurriedly cleared.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) produces an inaccurate low pass into the box that is blocked by the one of the defenders. If this pass had slipped through, the ball would have probably ended inside the net. Crystal Palace have a corner.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea) sends a quick through ball into space for his teammate, who is lurking on the offside border, but one of the defenders intercepts and clears the danger.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) plays a one-two with Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea), but the move breaks down.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace), who smothers the ball.
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The players are out and the match is about to start. Chelsea will have the kick-off.
Let us introduce today’s referee to you, and it is Kevin Friend.
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