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Chelsea into third after winning five-goal thriller

7 Jul 2020
Crystal Palace v Chelsea

Blues make it four wins from five PL matches as they defeat a spirited Palace side at Selhurst Park

Chelsea moved third in the table thanks to a pulsating 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.

Frank Lampard's side took the lead on six minutes when Willian surged down the right and squared for Olivier Giroud.

Christian Pulisic then slammed a shot beyond Vicente Guaita on 27 minutes from an angle to make the score 2-0.

Seven minutes later, Wilfried Zaha rocketed a shot into the top corner to halve the deficit.

Substitute Tammy Abraham's cool finish put Chelsea 3-1 ahead with 19 minutes left but a minute later, Christian Benteke converted Patrick van Aanholt's centre to reduce the arrears once again.

The home side pushed for an equaliser and in stoppage time, Scott Dann's header for the Eagles was touched on to the post by Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Crystal Palace are 14th, on 42 points, while Chelsea leapfrog Leicester City and go third with 60 points. 

The race for the top four

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
3 MUN 38 +30 66
4 CHE 38 +15 66
5 LEI 38 +26 62
6 TOT 38 +14 59
7 WOL 38 +11 59
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See: Crystal Palace report | Chelsea report

Next fixtures

Crystal Palace: 12 Jul v Aston Villa (A)
Chelsea: 11 Jul v Sheff Utd (A)

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