Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Experience the exhilarating full match replay and highlights of the thrilling encounter between Chelsea and Crystal Palace. The game kicks off at 19:30 (GMT) on the 27th of December 2023, officiated by the renowned referee M. Salisbury at the iconic Stamford Bridge. Don’t miss this epic showdown in the England – Premier League, Week 19 of the 2023/2024 season. Catch all the action on and witness football at its finest.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Full Match Reports

Chelsea ascended into the upper echelons of the Premier League standings with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace, as Noni Madueke’s late penalty etched a milestone – securing three consecutive league victories at Stamford Bridge for the first time since October 2022.

Despite enduring a challenging history against the Blues, Roy Hodgson’s Palace showcased resilience from the onset in West London. The Eagles pressed assertively, exhibiting confidence in their passing game. Their breakthrough nearly materialized when Eberechi Eze’s free-kick narrowly missed the right post. Chelsea, fielding their youngest-ever PL starting lineup with an average age of 23 years and 21 days, celebrated the occasion with a meticulously crafted goal. Malo Gusto initiated the sequence with a sublime midfield turn, setting up Mykhailo Mudryk for a clinical first-time finish.

Christopher Nkunku contributed to a dynamic first half, but his close-range attempt from Nicolas Jackson’s pass fell agonizingly short. In another sequence, Nkunku orchestrated a splendid cross-field ball to Gusto, who, in turn, teed up Ian Maatsen, but the latter fired wide. Despite Chelsea’s industrious efforts, they succumbed to a player linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge. Michael Olise effortlessly restored parity with a nonchalant finish, chesting down Jordan Ayew’s precise pass and delivering a left-footed strike past Đorđe Petrović in first-half stoppage time.

The momentum swung in favor of Palace in the second half, with Eze threatening from another set-piece, and Mateta testing Petrović after a skillful maneuver past Badiashile. Pochettino likely felt frustration with his team’s comparatively lackluster second-half display, exacerbated by Jackson’s missed opportunity in a one-on-one with Dean Henderson. Despite Jackson seemingly redeeming himself with a clinical finish from Thiago Silva’s cross, VAR disallowed the goal for offside, encapsulating his vexing Blues tenure.

Nonetheless, Palace’s tenacious second-half performance faced a setback when Madueke won a penalty after being brought down by Eze. Madueke confidently converted from the spot, steering Chelsea to victory amidst a palpable sense of relief at Stamford Bridge. The decisive penalty left Pochettino’s side in 10th place in the table, while Chelsea extended the Eagles’ streak of 13 consecutive defeats in all competitions. Despite the triumph, Chelsea’s defensive frailty surfaced in 2023, with 59 conceded PL goals – a historic high for the club.

Man of the Match: Malo Gusto (Chelsea).