Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea (18.10.2014) Live Commentary

Today’s game has been very poor. There hasn’t been many thrilling moments. Dominance of this game was on the away side. The home side were defending patiently to win the ball off the opponent and to launch the counter. However, the away side let the ball move and they were waiting to find a gap in their defence.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) makes an unfair challenge by holding his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball.
Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) is on the ball and tries to beat his opponnent. He does it, but his run is stopped by referee Craig Pawson who sees an offensive foul.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Loic Remy departs the field of play to be replaced by Didier Drogba (Chelsea).
Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
Goal! Wilfried Zaha passes the ball to the feet of Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace), who has an empty net in front of him and has no problems in tapping the ball in. 1:2.
Loic Remy (Chelsea) unleashes a shot, but his effort is not successful at all and the ball floats high over the bar. The ball goes out-of-play and Crystal Palace will have a goal kick.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.
It will be the substitution. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) is ready to enter the pitch as Eden Hazard walks off.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) with a slide tackle, but referee Craig Pawson calls for a foul.
Crystal Palace seeing far more of the ball now.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) gets a shot away from distance, but wasn’t really set to take it and fires high and wide. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Chelsea.
Oscar (Chelsea) gets into a good scoring opportunity. He creates himself some space and tries his luck from distance, aiming to the bottom left corner. His decent effort is denied by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) who makes a great save!
Oscar (Chelsea) unleashes a shot, but his effort is not successful at all and the ball floats well wide of the right post.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) commits a sliding tackle while hitting his opponent’s legs. The referee blows his whistle for infringement.
The percentage of ball possession is – 28:72.
Oscar (Chelsea) passed the ball and slowed down the tempo. His team can continue with combination play.
It’s time for a substitution. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) comes on in place of Jason Puncheon.
Substitution. Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) in, James McArthur out.
Oh, this didn’t go well. Oscar (Chelsea) tried his luck from the edge of the box, but his effort directed low to the middle of the goal was too weak to get past Julian Speroni, who keeps it out easily.
Oscar (Chelsea) produces a lovely chip pass into the box, but one of the opposition players cuts it out.
Chelsea are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing the ball around seamlessly.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).
Eden Hazard is picked out by Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), but one of the defenders came with a clearance. Chelsea forced their opponent to concede a corner.
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Joe Ledley will be replaced by Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger. It will be a corner kick for Crystal Palace.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) sends an accurate short pass. Oscar (Chelsea) controls the ball with a fine first touch and is able to come up with a new attacking effort.
Craig Pawson interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Oscar (Chelsea).
This is some exquisite passing by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea). You can see he is trying to keep his passes on the ground the whole time.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) latches on to a precise pass inside the box and sends a superb strike that finds its way into the bottom left corner.
The keeper doesn’t have to worry about this one. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) sacrificed accuracy for power, and thus his attempt went well over the bar.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) comes up with a dangerous chip pass into the box and attempts to set up an ideal shooting position for his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) quickly takes the free kick with a short pass.
Rough tackle by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace). The referee blows his whistle for a foul. There is a free kick given to Chelsea.
The Chelsea players are exchanging short passes in an attempt to create a shooting opportunity.
The whistle blows and Craig Pawson starts the second half.
The opening 45 minutes weren’t very eventful. Speaking about attractivity, we could describe the game as an average one. The control of the game belongs to the away side. The home team tries to find the weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks unlike the players of the away team who present themselves with possession football.
The end of the first half.
A spell of possession for Chelsea in an attempt to control the game.
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) takes the free kick and immediately restarts play with a short pass.
There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
Filipe Luis (Chelsea) commits an ugly challenge. The referee sees it and immediately blows the whistle. Crystal Palace are given a free kick. Will they create a chance from this?
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) receives a lofted pass into the goal area and unleashes a dangerous header which sails narrowly wide of the left post!
RED CARD! Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) makes a bad challenge and receives a second yellow card from Craig Pawson. He can have an early bath.
Today’s match ends for Willian who will be replaced by Filipe Luis (Chelsea).
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) receives a yellow card.
Craig Pawson has issued a yellow card to Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is sent off after deserving nothing other than a red card from a referee for clattering into his opponent!
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) fires from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels towards the middle of the target, but Thibaut Courtois comes with a save and doesn’t allow it any further.
The free kick from long range, taken by Crystal Palace, is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Oscar (Chelsea) commits a foul after making a slide tackle on his opponent, but he escapes without punishment from the referee. Crystal Palace win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Craig Pawson could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul.
Oscar (Chelsea) picks out Loic Remy with a fine lofted pass, but the latter wasn’t able to create some space to get into shooting range. Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) is about to take a goal kick.
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) tries to hit a shot towards goal from long-range, but he miskicks the ball and it flies high over the crossbar. The ball is out-of-play. A goal kick is taken by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).
A yellow card for a tackle by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace). Craig Pawson doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
Willian (Chelsea) produces a cunning chipped pass for Loic Remy (Chelsea) which is well received, but he fails against the defending players and loses the ball.
John Terry (Chelsea) commits a foul after bringing down his opponent with a slide tackle.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), who smothers the ball.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) with a teasing cross into the area, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) intercepts the ball.
Dangerous play by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace). Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
Chelsea hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player.
Willian (Chelsea) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal, but it is blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.
Loic Remy (Chelsea) almost found himself in a promising position after Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) tried to send a defence-splitting pass, but one of the defenders reacts well and makes a timely interception.
Willian (Chelsea) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) fires a shot at goal from a very promising position outside the penalty area, but it is blocked by a self-sacrificing defender. Chelsea have a corner.
Willian (Chelsea) unleashes a shot towards the goal, but his effort isn’t precise at all and it flies high over the bar.
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) trips an opposition player, and Craig Pawson signals a foul.
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) goes on a mazy run, gets into the box and from around the penalty spot he misses the target. What a chance that was!
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) and Willian (Chelsea) make a quick tiki-taka to get past two defenders and they go on with the team work along the side line.
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) takes the chance to get an effort at goal from inside the box and blazes it just over the crossbar.
Chelsea possess the ball and make numerous short passes, but here comes an error and they lose possession.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it. The ball is out-of-play. Chelsea will take a throw-in.
Attempted cross from Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) is cleared. The ball is out-of-play. Crystal Palace win a corner kick.
Oscar (Chelsea) takes a wonderful free kick and curls the ball into the top left corner of the goal with an absolutely phenomenal strike!
Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) brings down his opponent with a very late tackle, but he gets away without a yellow card from the referee. Chelsea are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
A cross into the penalty area from Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) sends a cross into the box, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) comes off his line to gather the ball.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Crystal Palace will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) tested Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) with a strike from just outside the box, but the effort is denied.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) attempts to surprise the keeper with a nice shot, but it lacks more accuracy and goes way wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Crystal Palace will have a goal kick.
The first half of this match is about to start.
Craig Pawson will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
The starting XIs were already announced and you can go through them in the Lineups section.
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